Here's an interesting editorial that I first saw earlier this week. It features the work
of photographer Ben McNutt who was recently invited to The Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling
Festival in Turkey where he carried out this photographic project.
McNutt is very much a wrestling aficionado and has been for many years, although
he has at times made statements that the wrestling fraternity have not been too
He recently said, and I can quite agree with him when he says that 'Wrestling
cultures perspective on masculinity seems incompatible with how it represents
itself, appearing socially conservative but presents itself so queerly to me."
You might have seen a bit of this sport on a tv travel documentary. I remember
when Michael Palin showed us around a similar Turkish Oil Festival a few years
ago in his tv show 'Palin's New Europe.'
But I just can't get over the way that the competitors grapple with one another
in such intimate places. It makes you think (looking at the bottom image below)
that someone is seriously being manhandled, or even worse... one of them is being
given constipation relief.
But the pictures look fun and the addition of oil on sun kissed lean bodies must be
part of it's overall attraction.
Below are just some of the images from last Summer's Oil Wrestling Festival.
MORE CAN BE SEEN ON THE PAGES OF VOGUE
BEN McNUTT WEBSITE
BEN'S TUMBLR ARCHIVE