Jamie Johnson at Meadow Lane
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.
In the half light of backstage, Zippos circus feels like magic. There is the sounds of oohs and ahhs, applause, laughter, anticipation, drum rolls, cheers…. the smell of the horses, smoke machines… and the stream of hard working performers from around the world (Brazil, Kazakhstan, Africa, America) readying themselves… Everything combines to make it feel how as a child you imagine the circus to be. Thank you to Zippos for offering the opportunity to go backstage and capture the magic.
A very intimate and compelling gig at Meadow Lane last night – performed in support of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds’ Give a Home campaign. Following media interviews at his beloved home town club, Jake performed a breathtaking set in front of just 100 people in the Notts County boardroom.
These are a few portraits from a recent shoot for the excellent Open Hands Project. Open Hands offer housing and support for people who have fled from their home country but who are refused the right to find work or social housing in this country. These guys were lovely to photograph – warm, welcoming and characterful faces. I don’t know their stories in the most part but I reckon their eyes and faces say a lot! If you would be up for donating towards the work of Open Hands please click here. .
The lovely wedding of Ian and Jennifer at The Norfolk Arms, Sheffield. This was a great celebration in the middle of the hottest June for forty years – a proper English summers day! We managed to grab half an hour to head off further into the peaks (despite the jubilant cèilidh being in full swing) to get some epic romantic sunset shots – very calm, peaceful, warm and great light to shoot in. Below is a sneak preview of the official shots of the day…..
I like the idea that my photographs tell a story – maybe without the need for words. But these three images need some words to make more sense of them. The three images are of my dear mum. My mum has had dementia for the last three years. I feel very lucky that we still have my mum with us – you can still have a hug, you can sometimes have a joke, you can catch each other’s eyes, you can look through a photo album together and it somehow still feels meaningful, she still plays the piano brilliantly and you can still just be together – that’s all worth a lot. The flip side, or the paradox is that in some respects mum isn’t here anymore. A lot of things are missing – the chats about life and the family, her interest and consistent belief in us all, her…