Robert Cohen Photographic Portrait of Me – At Ease

Robert Cohen is a photographer from New York.  He’s working on a project of portraits of child Muay Thai fighters and he came by Phetchrungruang and O. Meekhun in...

Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu - Portrait - Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is a photographer from New York.  He’s working on a project of portraits of child Muay Thai fighters and he came by Phetchrungruang and O. Meekhun in Pattaya to get some images of the kids.  He got some really cool shots of the kids I see every day and then headed up to Isaan to visit some gyms up there; you can check out the pictures of the boys I train with and Phetjee Jaa at his website RobertCohen.com under the tab “Little Tigers,” which is the name of his project.

The above image is a portrait he took of me one morning while I was hitting the bag at the gym.  His direction was very simple, “just look like you’re hanging out,” no fight face or posing.  I don’t pose well, so this was a relief to not have to try to channel “blue steel” or whatever.  If you’d asked me what I thought the roll (hahaha, look how old I am, calling it a “roll” when it’s digital) looked like I wouldn’t have described this picture.  That’s a good thing though, as I absolutely love the shot.  There’s something about the posture and face that I wouldn’t have guessed, but that I feel expresses me in a strong way.  It’s easy to look at photos of oneself and think, “God, is that what I look like?”  Or to not recognize oneself.  This portrait is a portrayal of how I feel, so I’m pleased that it collapses the inward experience and the outward aesthetic.  It captures the gym, too.  On Facebook, when I shared the picture, James Gregory put it very well in his comment, “Everything is simultaneously sharp and gritty.”

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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay

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