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When Mexican photographer Victor Ayala points the lens at his subjects, he forever freezes their character. To capture the over-the-top personalities of lucha libre wrestlers, Ayala — whose shots have been published in Playboy, Esquire and Popular Mechanics among others — combines traditional study at  focuses on framing, dramatic setting and lighting. Whether the wrestlers were strategically posed or expertly coached and captured, they exude an odd ferocity that’s part superhero and real-world villain. [via fabrikproject]