A Fighter’s Life: Photographs of Xplosion Muay Thai/MMA Fight Series held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in 2008. Photographs by Kelly Gregory.
A look back at my some of my most memorable photography moments. Having trained in muay thai myself for a number of years, I was very lucky to be an amateur photographer awarded real hands on experience shooting a number of international fight shows and local derby’s for colleagues.
This particular event stands out in my mind as a highlight. Not only was I ring side at a top level, international kickboxing competition but I was photographing local, 9 x World Muay Thai Champion, Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett and if I remember correctly, feeling a little like a rock star doing it.
This event stands out as a highlight in my creative career. It took me from an amateur, hobbyist photographer outlook to a paid professional published in martial arts magazines and paid by sponsors to shoot their products and promotional sports stars. And from my first published photographs in Inside MMA, I was contacted by the editor of No. 1 Muay Thai magazine, International Kickboxer and invited to write for the magazine on a regular basis.
With over 12 articles published and countless photography sessions undertaken, I moved from the world of sports writing and sports photography to undertake a change of direction and return to university to get my dual degree in Journalism and Arts.