senegalese wrestlers strike a delicate balance between serenity and intensity in “lutteur” photo series by ernst coppejans

December 12, 2016

The human form is capable of amazing things and the strength and physique of professional fighters is one of the many wonders of the world. In Senegal, wrestling is the most popular sport, with young boys training fervently in the hopes that one day they’ll be at the top. Photographer Ernst Coppejans accompanied a group of young men from a village called Yene who gather on the beach to train everyday. Their bodies, the sand, the sunlight reflecting off the water–such a beautiful and serene juxtaposition to the intensity and forcefulness of their practice. Take a look at this selection of photos and see more at his website.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor