Mark "Fightshark" MIller

Best of 2010 - MMA Culture Photos

This post was originally featured for Deftperception.com This year started with shooting local fights for fun to shooting cageside at the Ultimate Fighting Championships for Heavy MMA along side Esther Lin and Tracy Lee. These 2 have been shooting for a long time and have helped my growth enormously; going from looking at their pictures behind my desk to actually being there is quite a trip. My personal highlights include shooting my first UFC cageside and working with All Elbows for the KJ Noons Strikeforce promotion alongside E. Casey Leydon. I've always loved their work and being included on one of their projects was a true honor. Working along side Loco throughout this time has been one of the best experiences of my life.

We spent the beginning of the year photographing fighters from K1, including Mark "fightshark" Miller, Strikeforce fighter Conor Huen and WEC's Dominick Cruz. At the time, Dominick was preparing to battle Brian Bowles for the title. I also was able to shoot and work with Fabricio "Morongo" Camoes, who tapped me out for photos, which was a first.

I shot some various cage setup's with Vanguard MMA's Eric Lee. He builds and fabricates some of the best custom cages in the business including RVCA, Blackhouse, The Noguera Brothers Gym, Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center and others.

Enjoy the photos!

Photos by James Law

Dominick Cruz

Jason Mayhem Miller

KJ Noons

Conor Heun

Mark "Fightshark" Miller

Mark Doze

Morongo

Steamy Bro

Eric Lee of Vanguard MMA

Alex Soto of Undisputed Gym in San Diego

Ryan Loco

Mark 'Fightshark' Miller

Mark "Fightshark" Miller

I want you to take a moment to check out Mark "Fightshark" Miller's page, it talks about his story and how he is making his comeback to MMA and kickboxing. In the recent past, Mark had to have open heart surgery to repair an malformed ventricle in his heart. Earlier in his fighter career, Mark had some great wins in K-1 in the heavyweight division and he's looking to make a comeback soon. Loco told me about him, and I saw him on an episode of the Loco Life. He is a great guy and I am so glad that I was able to shoot him. Big things in 2010!

Loco has a been a big motivator for me in helping me narrow my focus and get to work in 2010. One of the things that I've got my sights set on is shooting San Diego's local MMA talent, along with some more noticeable names. My goal in the next 3 months is to shoot close to 30 fighters, to help them market themselves and help them in the efforts. These guys have it hard enough, I figure making an effort and contributing will make some headway for everyone.

I'm really just starting on my journey and I've had a lot of support. Thanks to Loco, Doze, Evan Shoman, Esther Lin, Tracy Lee, Chaz Cruz, Jack Law and Jeff Stevens for the help.

Check out my flickr profile for the full sized images:

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