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kervelli09-Mar-2014 09:11
nice pictures
Guest 04-Jul-2006 13:12
I saw you had "A Ring of Their Own" in your lineup for August 31 at Harvey's. We're trying to find out how to purchase tickets for this event. Any idea? My husband loves your work. He is a true female boxing fan (Lucia Ryker is his favorite). Have you seen her in the film "Shadow Boxer?" It really gives a wonderful look into her psyche, intellect and drive. I highly recommend watching it if you loved "Million Dollar Baby."
Alan Messick25-Mar-2006 01:50
Hi Fred,
Thanks for your interest in my photos. It was fun seeing LaMara Iverson making her pro boxing debut in Kansas City. As many people know, she is the cousin of NBA superstar Allen Iverson. Recently, I posted new images from various AROTO Harrah's North Kansas City fights, including Lamara Iverson There will be new images upcoming, and you are welcome to check back for updates at this gallery:
http://www.pbase.com/alan/womensprofessionalboxing
Sue Fox has many other different images of mine showing the AROTO Kansas City weigh-in activities and all of the fights posted at her WBAN website:
http://www.womenboxing.com/
Take care,
Alan
Fred Smith 22-Mar-2006 19:16
Could you please post more pictures of "Iverson" on feb 16th of her hitting her opponent,Iverson has a big heart going up against a golden glove champion in her first fight ever. I look foward to seeing more of Iverson in the future.
Alan Messick12-Feb-2006 21:07
Carina Moreno vs. Wendy Rodriguez
IBA junior flyweight world title fight
January 21st, 2006
Coushatta Casino Resort , Kinder, Louisiana.
Fight photos from all rounds and weigh-in activities posted:
http://www.womenboxing.com/
Alan Messick12-Jan-2006 19:24
Carina Moreno boxing updates:

January 12, 2006:
Reported in Monterey County Herald by Dennis Taylor.

"Moreno in Las Vegas"

Watsonville's Carina Moreno was expected to leave Wednesday for Las Vegas to spar with two of the bigger names in women's boxing in preparation for her own 10-round IBA world championship fight Jan. 21 in Louisiana against Wendy Rodriguez.

Moreno, 8-0, is planning to spar four times in four days against IBA and WIBA world flyweight champion Melinda Cooper (16-0), former WIBF world champion Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (17-3-5), and others at The Gym, training headquarters for the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Moreno will fight Rodriguez (16-2-3) for the WBA light flyweight (108-pound) championship at the Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, La. Both fighters are ranked No. 1 in the world by competing sanctioning bodies. Rodriguez is the reigning NABA champ and the former IFBA title-holder.

"I'd put Carina at about 90 percent right now, and she'll be 100 percent ready by the time we get back," said trainer Rick Noble, who was traveling to Las Vegas with Moreno. "The physical part is there now -- it's the mental part we're working on. We want to make sure she believes in herself. Fear of the unknown can make you hesitate, and that's what the rest of our preparation will be about."

January 4, 2006:
Reported in Monterey County Herald by Dennis Taylor.
"Moreno will finally get her title shot."
"Watsonville's undefeated Carina Moreno will fight Wendy Rodriguez, a former world champion, for the International Boxing Association's vacant junior flyweight crown Jan. 21 in Kinder, LA."
Read entire article:
http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/13546709.htm

Reported in Santa Cruz Sentinel by Jim Seimas:
"Boxer tries to hook world title."
"Watsonville slugger Carina Moreno is back in the ring, training for her next fight - a world title bout."
Read entire article:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2006/January/04/sport/stories/01sport.htm

Reported in The Sallinas Californian by Joey Delgado:
"Moreno to fight for title."
"Moreno will be going against Wendy Rodriguez, one of the most dominant athletes in the sport."
Read entire article:
http://www.californianonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060104/SPORTS/601040348&SearchID=73232181014324

See photos of Carina in action:
http://www.pbase.com/alan/womensboxing111905001

Carina Moreno training photos:
http://www.pbase.com/alan/carinatraining011006
fred wilson 22-Dec-2005 18:34
Alan,just wondering why you do not photograph the belly dancers anymore.It was really a treat for all us non dancers who appreciate the art. It really showed your ability to capture the passion and love of dance that each individual possesses. Hope to see more of what you do best:) Fred
Stefanos Lampridis09-Dec-2005 21:58
Great gallerys man! Keep up the wonderfull work you are doing!

Greetings from Greece, Stefanos!
Don Blodgett 03-Aug-2005 22:27
Just wanted to say Hi to my old raceing buddy -#14 the Prof DON BLODGETT
Alan Messick01-Mar-2005 11:54
My favorite motion picure: "Million Dollar Baby."
From a photographic standpoint, in my opinion DP Tom Stearn did a fantastic job. Instead of flooding everything with light and thinking the entire theatre screen needs to be properly exposed, he used natural shadows and highlights to help set the mood and tone of the picture. For example, in many instances, just the side of a person's face was shown at the "theoretical" proper exposure. Combined with a musical score that enhanced the scenes beautifully, I think is a wonderful rendition. I really enjoyed the artistic beauty of the film, and the spectacular performances by Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank, and Clint Eastwood. During the month of February, if I wasn't home I was probably at the theatre for a return visit.
Dave 27-Oct-2004 01:37
I have not yet seen all your work...but greatly admire the photos I have seen in both the Rhythmic Gymnastics and Contemporary Dance folders. I particularly like how they are action based and yet you manage to capture some neat facial expressions and some of the concentration. I have tried some recital dance photos in low light a long time ago with 35 mm and it was quite grainy, PLUS, were I to do it again...I'd try to attend a dress rehearsal so that I could know what is coming. I have in mind some ballet photography outdoors in rather different environments...something along the line of in a cemetery in the snow...and in black and white too...but we'll see. Your photos make me want to get it done....but now I have to wait for the snow...we'll see. Thankyou...lovely work :)
Dave 02-Oct-2004 01:18
I enjoyed your SF renfaire photo gallery. We were there both days and it was cool to see it foggy all day on Sunday (fine English weather, yaa). My Danse Macabre friends will love the 4 pics you took of them. I've been taking renfaire pics since 1999 and my wife and I have been hooked on renfaire ever since. Novato renfaire 6 weekends was great, SF renfaire was good, and the current renfaire (4 weekends left) at Casa De Fruita in Hollister CA ROCKS, the best renfaire we have seen in 6 yrs, yaaa.

hearty cheers to happy Friday,
Olaf the Viking
Alan Messick11-Jun-2004 17:49
My favorite photographer's quote:
You may have seen Sports Illustrated's recent special issue, celebrating 50 years of their photography. One feature which I think is great is "Flash of Inspiration" which shows how phototographers "pushed their craft to its limits, and beyond." I really get a kick out of SI photographer Bill Frakes' quote describing shooting the Kentucky Derby: "...although there's always a slipup or two. One time I sent an assistant to scout out a shot of handicappers, and she went to the betting windows looking for people in wheelchairs instead of finding the guys handicapping the races."
Alan Messick22-Jan-2004 02:33
Thank you for your kind comments. I am very fortunate to have such artistic and creative subjects. I enjoy how the personality of each dancer is expressed through the coloful costumes and stylistic dancing.
Francinevia 21-Jan-2004 22:20
You have a truly wonderful understanding of the dance and capture it in your incredible shots at Kalisa's. Thank you and keep up the beautiful work.
Ginnette and Terri 25-Dec-2003 01:21
Great shots! What a talent you have. Best of luck. Keep at it!