Tomasz Gudzowaty is a photo-essayist who has a deep interest in “humanistic photography.” Gudzowaty’s black and white images are stark, powerful, and all around beautiful…and frankly, when your taking photos of actual Shaolin masters, it’s just plain cool.
Polish photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty shot this incredibly awesome portrait of a Shaolin monk appearing to defy gravity by taking a stroll along the face of a stone wall. This beautiful photograph is part of Tomasz Gudzowaty’s Shaolin Templeseries.
The urban sport known as Freerunning originated in France in the late 1980s. It is often referred to by its French name, Parkour, although today these terms are not exactly interchangeable. Deeply influenced by different cultural reference points, including stunt depictions in movies such as The Matrix or Jackie Chan’s comedies, video games, break dancing, and martial arts choreography, Parkour/Freerunning has become a lifestyle and philosophy among younger generations. In its orthodox form, Parkour is a strictly individualistic, non-competitive and non-commercial activity, with the ultimate aim to cross physical thresholds of urban space. Freerunning is taken more liberally, and it is simply the art of movement, practiced out of love or professionally. It embraces elements of tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving.