The Fire Inside is a portrait series of wrestlers, the hardest-working athletes on the planet, as well as everyone else associated who make the sport so great.

Wrestling is an incredible tool for youth development, character building at any age, and international diplomacy. But it’s often misunderstood by outsiders. My goal with this project is to reveal all the things about the sport that we who love it so much understand and believe, by exposing non-wrestlers to the sport in a different way.

This project continues to grow. What began as a desire to shoot more portraits has turned into a veritable archive of the sport. With 300 400 500 750 1,700+ subjects and counting, The Fire Inside is becoming a huge snapshot of the wrestling community.

The collage below was also on display during The Wrestler’s Esthetic, and is a small selection—108 portraits in total—of the images produced to date.

108 portraits from the series The Fire Inside