Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Jake: To get off the phone and work on my posture. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Lila: The lack of consideration we had for them. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Jake: Chemtrails, rife machines, planet x, you name it I’m in there. What is it that interests you about photography? Jake: I still am not really positive how film works, let alone how somebody figured out how to do it. What is the worst thing about city life? Lila: A stalled subway car while having a crushing urge to use the bathroom. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Lila: All of it. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Jake: Ghosts because explain ghost hunters. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Lila: Medical science so that I could self-diagnose. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Lila: Consecutive moments of other’s road rage. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Jake: A judge on Chopped. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Lila: Vida Mia by Alessandra Sanguinetti. How often do you take other people’s advice? Lila: I listen to advice too often but don’t take it enough. Describe a personal hell. Lila: A never ending flight with no access to a sedative. Which living person do you most admire? Jake:Donald Trump. On what occasion do you lie? Jake: The last question. What is the best way to educate yourself? Jake: NPR Ultimate camera? Lila: Mamiya 7II. Most used camera? Lila: Mamiya RB67. What object do you want? Lila: A house with a pool and a garden. What object do you need? Lila: new windshield wipers and an oil change. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Lila: Not well…just ask my father. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Jake: Yes, very pleased. Describe a cheap thrill.
Jake:Dumplings. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Lila: I would love to shoot prohibition era parties with a fujifilm disposable camera kind of as a comparison to modern underage drinking, how they might mirror each other. Are impulses more important than consequences? Jake: Yeah I guess, I try to think that way when taking street shots but it’s a tough case by case judgement call. Which talent would you most like to have? Jake: Saxophone seems cool. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Jake: Work two jobs because the rent is too damn high.
In a strip mall at the end of Staten Island, in the back of Fun Station USA, an arcade decorated with hand painted Disney characters and spray paint murals, there is an arena. A ring sits in the middle, surrounded by folding chairs, pushed all the way back to the roll gates. Lila Barth and Jake Marsiglia came in as guests of the WOW and documented one of the title matches between bitter foes. The photographs shown are a two sided relationship. The men and women of the Warriors of Wrestling are characters larger than life, humble and confronting, athletes and performers. Barth’s images evoke dignity, and a colossal quality that dramatizes and elevates these figures. Their reaction to formal portraiture is to exhibit themselves, to make character known. They stand proudly. Marsiglia’s photographs pull back to reality, emphasizing the scope of their act, the limitations of the ring and the humor that can be found amidst all the theatrical pinnings. This dichotomy gives the performers what they ache for, a monumental recognition, but also plants their feet firmly in the ring.
Lila Barth is a 23 year old medium format photographer currently living in New York City. She recently graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with her BFA in photography. To see more of Lila Barth’s work visit — Website / Instagram.