IMAGE COURTESY OF ARGUS PAUL ESTABROOK
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From the series Wrestling in the Streets of Seoul – “The Hongdae region of Seoul always delivers a healthy dose of spectacle to those seeking escapism from the conservative work-focused society in South Korea. Home to one of the top fine art universities in the country, the district has become a haven for indie arts, music, and spontaneous events of creative nature. The streets are alive with a spirit that anything can and will happen.
That made Hongdae the perfect setting for an evening of gorilla performances by a largely unknown troupe of wrestlers. This particular event took place during an underground rock show dubbed, “an unholy unity of music and wrestling.” Between the opening act and the headlining band, the PWF wrestlers were introduced and then immediately started sparring. To the delight of the audience, they quickly took their fight out of the club and into the street. Enticed by its offbeat and overtly masculine nature, the audience couldn’t help but chase after and marvel at this aggressive form of entertainment.”
Editor’s comment: Expressive, theatrical and undisguised machismo – I wonder if the sport of wrestling says more about the spectators than it does the participants? Within this image – as the fighters engage in a fusion of adrenaline and aggression – we can see anticipation, curiosity and even joy painted across the expressive faces of the onlookers, potentially unveiling a deeper level of the human psyche. It’s a well composed and timed photograph, and I’d enjoy seeing a collection of images from different perspectives of this event.