I was asked at the a few months ago by my good friend Rannoch Donald of to photograph the World Calisthenic Organisation's Battle of the Bars 21 event at the Birmingham N.E.C  as part of the Body Power Expo. This wasn't a difficult decision to make as it gave me my first opportunity to photograph such a big event like this. 

Inside the N.E.C at Body Power 2017

Inside the N.E.C at Body Power 2017

My camera of choice for the event was a Sony A6000 with a 16-50mm lens  (the only digital camera i have), which was great for the job as it is so easy to use, light to carry and i knew it wouldn't let me down. As with most of my work i shot the whole event in black and white using the on camera flash. 

I have to admit i was fairly nervous on the day itself as i had never done anything like this before, but as soon as i arrived i was put at ease by the friendliness of all the athletes and crew and how chilled out everyone was. 

I wasn't the only photographer at the event either. Accompanied and helped by his partner i had the pleasure to meet and get some advice from Chris of Chris Bevan Photography Watching another photographer with experience in this game was an excellent opportunity to learn from someone who knew how to work with the athletes. Without doubt i learnt a lot from Chris that day.

Once the action started i just went with the flow, not having any real plan i just tried to capture as many good moments as i could.

Hope you enjoy looking at the images. 

A big thank you to Rannoch Donald and Brendan Cosso of the WCO for allowing me to photograph the event. 

Can't wait to see everyone again next year.