Vladivostok, Russia. 2015


Bodybuilding is a very popular sport in Vladivostok - largest city of Primorsky region of Russia. At Primorsky Regional Championship men get to compete in categories including 'Bodybuilding' and 'Bodybuilding Plus', also known as extreme bodybuilding; women can try themselves in 'Fitness Bikini'. After all the contestants are paraded across the stage in small glittery underwear, they are brought up back on stage in packs of six for closer examination. Increasing tension and tungsten stage lights melt the spray tan and hopes of some - others glow with confidence being asked to come up on stage again and again. As the winners are announced, the host of the show reminds the audience and the participants that bodybuilding is not about the results, but about the process. Prints available.