Wing Chun isn’t easy to photograph. There are no graceful animal poses or flashy moves with outstretched limbs. Its beauty is in the simplicity of its movements; brutally efficient in close quarters and an absolute marvel to see in motion. Much of that beauty is lost when captured in a single frame – the untrained eye won’t see the multiple vectors being used by a practitioner, which defy the usual rule in photography of waiting for a definitive crystallising moment.
So when I was given the rare opportunity of capturing some action photography at the Wing Chun school I attend (as opposed to the usual static poses), I kind of jumped at it.
My instructors gave me an open brief, so I ended up breaking a lot of my usual rules and experimented with motion blur, height, wide-angle and telescopic composition, reflections… What I didn’t want to do is produce a bunch of photos that resemble photos I’ve seen elsewhere, but who knows whether I succeeded on that front?
People have been generally complimentary of the results, which is nice. But the truth is all I can think about is how I’d do things differently next time.