Since 2004 I have competed in 'Ironman' triathlon, a sport involving swimming, cycling and running over courses 140 miles long. Ironman Family is a series of portraits of my fellow competitors. The work seeks to confound the vernacular idea of portraiture and invites speculation about the general nature of people who take part in endurance sports and why they challenge themselves to the extreme. The portraits are deliberately deadpan, in sharp contrast to the typical heroic imagery of athletes in the media. Ironman Family is part of my broader inquiry into strategies portrait photographers use for 'disarming the pose' of their subjects.
Tanya Ahmed • Rob Birrell • Dewald Botha • Rob Brisco • Keith Greenough • Nigel Haworth • Peter Mansell •