Adapt And Overcome
"We have to adapt and overcome, that's all we can do." - Frank Knight
In 2011 I was commissioned to photograph mixed martial artist Alain Hernandez for his press kit. It was an amazing experience where I learned a lot about the fighting world and as always learned more about photography.
I was struck by his chest tattoo. Seen in the context of fighting, it reminds one of the Marine's motto "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome." The concept that we can triumph over our opponent by maintaining a fluidity of mind and adapting our fighting style to exploit our opponent's weakness seems to apply to this world very neatly.
Seen in the context of one's life, it took on a larger meaning for me. Into every life adversity comes. It is my belief that how you deal with those challenges determines the person you become. In my experience, the more flexible I can become, looking inward to behaviours I need to change or beliefs I need to shed - that is the key to overcoming. Not just surviving, but triumphing.
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Nikon D7000 | Lens AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f1:35-5.6G ED
f/5 | 1/160 | ISO 400 | RAW
Nikon SB-800 AH Speedlight | 2 Continuous 2400W Softbox lights set on either side
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