Lugassy Samuel

France / Sélection du jury / 2014

" Gymnast & Wrestler "

What is an athlete except for a being for which inwardness and exteriority are one? Somebody whose will and thoughts are embodied in an absolute way in the shape of a body in the making of a gesture. It is probably the reason why photography has always loved athletes: when it is successful, the image grasps the whole truth of a being. I chose to take pictures of these athletes mostly when they are resting. The body, so bitterly shaped, finds itself deprived of its reason for being: it’s not about celebrating the performance but rather a presence. Massive and muscular or thin and graceful, each athlete offers himself to us such as he is in himself. These pictures have been taken in Bulgaria in high level training camps, in Sofia, Plovdiv and Blagoevgrad.