young mountains

I remember being a high school student. I remember myself and my peers at that age. And I remember none of us having the physical presence of the students at Mukainooka Technical High School's sumo club in Kanagawa, Japan. Large and powerful, unflinching, determined, resilient, and unfailingly respectful. At 15-18 years of age.

With my images, I hope I've managed to capture something of the calm moments before a bout, the furious flurry of movement as they use a range of techniques to down or remove their opponent from the ring, and the end of class where practice continues, but also where jokes are cracked and smiles appear - their youth, something easy to forget when watching them train.

I photographed them during several visits through 2016-2017 and came away humbled and full of admiration for them and for sumo.