Some photos from a recent assignment for The Celveland Clinic' s Geriantric Times of Battista Locatelli. Locatelli, founder of the Las Vegas landmark Battista's Hole in the Wall, was recently treated by the Cleveland Clinic for some very serious health problems. The magazine asked me to show Locatelli's active lifestyle and positive outlook on life. We decided to meet at his airplane hangar in Utah, where he now lives. Locatelli came to Las Vegas to be a famous singer and instead bought a restaurant behind the Flamingo. He opened his restaurant there in 1970, serving affordable and tasty Italian food and wine with a great atmosphere that made everyone who came through the door feel like part of the family.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.