About the Book
In the heat of a Turkish summer's day, the smell of fresh olive oil and heavy sweat lingers in the air. The atmosphere is tense, as the melodious tribal beat from the tradition instruments summons the spirits of these athletes.
This book is a photographic documentary of a unique and ancient event. The Kirkpinar Turkish oil wresting competition, the world’s oldest continuously sanctioned sporting competition running for almost 650 years. Wrestlers, both young and old, travel from around the Middle East and Eastern Europe to take part in this annual event. The images, looking more like they have been taken at set for a Hollywood movie about the Spartans, recreate the ancient warriors of past times. These images of power and domination represents masculinity in its purest of forms, in this display of unbelievable stamina, strength, and agility
Chris Dade has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has had work published in a number of publications including I-D Magazine and Creative Review. Chris began his career by undertaking a degree in photography, focusing particularly on documentary imagery. This work took him to many countries around the world including India, Nepal, and Thailand. During these travels, he had the good fortune to enter retreats and gain direct experience of Buddhism and other non-dualistic beliefs which he has always been drawn to. His images have moved from travel photography into something far more personal. He is now using his camera as a way of reflecting his own inner journey. He complements these images with his own writing, which is greatly influenced by the 13th century Sufi mystic, Rumi. www.chrisdade.co.uk