For his fourth exhibition, photographer Justin Kingsley wanted to shed an unusual and intimate light on mixed martial arts champion Georges St-Pierre. The compelling result is composed of sixteen photos as well as video pieces that translate the improbable encounter of the internationally renowned athlete with Guy Guindon, a priest and teacher at the Institut de formation théologique de Montréal.
A long-time friend and spiritual advisor for the fighter, Guy Guindon is also a black belt in Kyokushin karate. Bound by their shared passion, the two martial arts masters often meet in a dojo in the basement of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal.
Justin Kingsley illustrates their story using a simple Leica M6 film photography camera with no digital bells or whistles. Bathed in the natural light of the dojo, the photos invite us into the spare atmosphere of the underground sanctuary and reveal two men in the minimalist practice of their kata. There are no fight scenes. Determination and the gift of self emanate from this exclusive look into the daily life of a sporting hero, far from the crowds and the spotlight.
Beyond featuring a champion at the height of his glory, this exhibition reveals a man in the service of his one true ambition, a resolute and tenacious human being whose commitment paves the way to excellence, one fight at a time.