The World’s Oldest Professional Football League Club relegated to none league football. But all is not lost. Over 9,ooo people turned up last weekend to watch Notts County play. The passion is still there, and with rumours in the summer of liquidation many people feel a gratitude that we still have a club to support. For me football is about entertainment and theatre – but also much more than that – it’s about community, belonging, identity, history (157 years worth so far) and connection. Hopefully these images capture something of that.
A few photos that capture our morning out climbing in the peaks. We went to celebrate my middle boy’s birthday. He’s passionate about climbing and wanted us to go with him as a family instead of a having a birthday party. The Foundry offered us the services of the exceptional Dominika and we had a fantastic adventure. What a great antidote to screens and routine. Dominika managed to cater for our different levels of ability and inspire us all with her knowledge, experience and passion for climbing.
Derby day at Meadow Lane. Following a massive change in form for Notts County, there was a real air of expectation for this sometimes one sided fixture against Mansfield Town! A bit like the olden days, there was a great atmosphere building in the ground even half an hour before kick off. As ever football creates big emotion in people, young and old. I loved trying to catch the range of emotion in the images below. For the record Notts County (despite being bottom versus top) convincingly won the match.
Poppy When do you feel most alive? When we see people who we haven’t seen for a long time. What’s most important to you? My mum and dad. What stresses you most? When I have to wake up early for school. What’s your favourite place? Slice of India (an Indian restaurant). When do you most laugh? When I’m with my cousin and we basically just laugh at everything. We say silly things and we can’t stop laughing. Rev Ian Smith When do you feel most alive/happy? Leading or being part of small group work. I feel energised responding to what has been said or rejoicing in someone’s new insight and also becoming aware of my own blind spots. I love that we’re better off doing this together than we ever would be individually. Most happy – it used…
Lovely to be back at Sheffield Cathedral shooting for the excellent 1554 Coffee Shop. Great setting, top coffee and tempting food – served by a friendly, knowledgeable and committed team.
Jamie Johnson is back! My three boys love watching the tv series so it was an extra bonus to be asked by Notts County to capture them filming at Meadow Lane (aka the Hawksworth United home ground) last year. Catch the latest series here on the BBC iPlayer.
Passion, tension, anticipation, drama, celebration, community, family – I love that all of this is available in abundance on match day (and in the case of Notts County has been since 1862)! This is the continuation of a project photographing match day at Meadow Lane. In taking these images I endeavour to capture what football means to the people that go and watch. And what it means to me – having been hooked since the age of seven! As of this week prints are available to purchase at www.japhotopics.co.uk/Notts-County
Last month I had the privilege of accompanying the Notts County media team to photograph Jake in London. He is the official shirt sponsor for the club in the table topping month of November. In the anticipation of meeting Jake it felt a bit of a paradox – I was telling myself he’s just a normal guy but I was also aware there was something exceptional about him. I’d photographed him a few weeks earlier performing an intimate gig at Meadow Lane and seen up close his breathtaking talent. The setting for this shoot was the Electric House on Portobello Road, in an old beautifully lit library with a sense of history that was almost tangible. It seemed an appropriately magic location to be photographing him. In walked Jake, on time, refreshingly without entourage and in a manner that was both confident and self effacing. As he went through the interview, signed…
Congratulations to Bishop Pete who was installed as the eight Bishop of Sheffield today. A stunning service at a packed Sheffield Cathedral.