Photography: Philip Haynes captures weighlifters at their most intense moment

Date
17 December 2013
Reading Time
1 minute read

On the about section of his website, Philip Haynes describes himself as “A Norwich boy who happens to shoot heroes” which sounds like a terrific pitch for a low-budget UK action movie. Sadly the truth is Philip is a photographer, but happily he is a fantastic photographer, who specialises in sports images both in personal projects and for clients like Converse, Mens Health and O2.

Phil says that his approach to image-making is characterised by “looking to capture the energy of saturation in colour, just as much as the energy within the movement” which a quick romp through his portfolio proves is more than an abstract concept. This recent series The Crossfitters is a terrific study in intensity, pain and determination, captured at the pivotal moment at the bottom of an overhead squat (nope, me neither).

Phil shares a studio with the likes of David Ryle and Nick Ballon, suggesting there’s something in the water up in that corner of east London.

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Philip Haynes: The Crossfitters

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Philip Haynes: The Crossfitters

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Philip Haynes: The Crossfitters

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Philip Haynes: The Crossfitters

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Philip Haynes: The Crossfitters

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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