The World’s Oldest Football League Club

The World’s Oldest Football League Club

 A dream project  – to photograph the club I have supported since I was seven! As well as being “my” club, Notts County represents a life time of memories, an enduring friendship with my brother-in-law who first introduced me to the magic world of football and an ongoing connection to my city of birth. Notts County is also about community, drama, belonging, the simplicity of the (sometimes) beautiful game and the raw emotion that accompanies it. This project is about endeavoring to capture some of the magic, emotion, sense of history and spirit of the club. Also it’s about seeing things from a more intimate perspective. I have two favourite images. The father and son waiting – this captures something of the way football is a way of relating – particularly for men perhaps – and a tradition of friends and family connecting and spending quality time together. One of my…

Bishop Pete Unveiled

Bishop Pete Unveiled

From a photographic perspective I love this sort of work. I get a simple brief to capture an interesting day as it unfolds – no posing, setting up, giving instructions – just observing and endeavoring to tell a story – by far my favourite kind of brief. The only downside is having little control over the light – yellowy indoor light vs beautiful natural light can be profoundly different/challenging. Take for example the last shot of this set of images  – the image comes alive because of the light – making the photographer’s job much easier! This was a grabbed shot and literally my last photo of the day. It’s also a privilege to be around so many lovely people and to be a first hand witness to such an uplifting event. Bishop Pete was warm, gracious, inspiring and passionate about the job ahead. The best of luck to him…

New Bishop of Sheffield Announced

New Bishop of Sheffield Announced

I had the privilege of documenting the official announcement of the new Bishop of Sheffield today. The day began at the inspiring Archer Project with the a press conference, following the official announcement on the Downing Street website. The day then included a visit to the Sheffield Diocesan offices, a trip to a local Doncaster school to chat with pupils and then the official day ending with Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral. Quite a long day for the new bishop. I wondered if he was naturally extrovert. He greeted and chatted with so many people over the course of the day never seeing to tire but rather coming across as genuinely warm and interested in everyone he met. He has some interesting links with the region not least a grandfather who played for Doncaster Rovers! He’ll start his new role officially later in the year.

Builders

Builders

These guys have been working on our house for the last few weeks. They literally turn up at the crack of dawn and then work all day – mostly hard physical work – often outside in the driving cold winter rain – and always with a cheery attitude. They have a tremendous amount of skill and overcome problems easily – I guess from years worth of experience. I don’t envy them being out in the elements when it’s harsh and having to do hard physical work regardless, but there is something about doing an honest day’s hard work and having something to show for it at the end of the day. And something to be said for being part of a team with a bit of banter and also looking out for each other. Thanks to the builders from ASK for all their hard work and for being up for having…

Bishop Steven’s Farewell Service

Bishop Steven’s Farewell Service

I had the privilege of being asked to document the Bishop of Sheffield’s leaving service at Sheffield Cathedral a couple of weeks ago. Part of the challenge was to create a huge group portrait with the bishop and his wife stood together with the whole cathedral congregation at the end of the service. I thought this was a great idea albeit a bit of a daunting prospect with hundreds of people in attendance! The congregation were great and the cathedral’s removable crane appearing like magic at the appointed time helped me get a decent vantage point. It was a great service and also a fitting tribute to the bishop as he leaves Sheffield to become the Bishop of Oxford in the Autumn.  

Gerry’s Bakery Royal Maundy

Gerry’s Bakery Royal Maundy

I have a mini exhibition at the finest bakery in Sheffield – Gerry’s on South Road in Walkley. If you live locally please check out his superb wholesome, tasty bread, warm welcome and a handful of prints showing the queen’s Royal Maundy visit to Sheffield Cathedral last year.

Matchday

Matchday

Going to my first football match, aged seven (at Meadow Lane) I couldn’t believe the experience. On approaching the stadium the sound of thousands of people singing inside took my breath away. And the pace of the game, the passion, the anger, the joy, the highs, the lows – it opened a new world for me. 35 years on whilst sometimes disillusioned I still love the game. For all the bad things it still can bring people together, help create a sense of community and offer moments of the sublime. Wherever I have been in the world football has offered a common language and a shared understanding between people whoever they might be and wherever they might be from. So this is a photo project that tries to capture something of what football is all about… the anticipation, the togetherness (and the being alone), the sense of history and the emotion….

1554 Café

1554 Café

1554 Café inside Sheffield Cathedral is celebrating it’s first birthday next month. I had the pleasure of taking some photos on behalf of You Say Social last week. I was concentrating on taking the photos but the coffee and food looked really good and the staff were friendly. All set within the peace and tranquility of the beautiful cathedral. Well worth a visit…….

Racing

Racing

At a recent portfolio review one of the reviewers commented that a high percentage of my personal work seems to focus on people under pressure. I’d never made this link before but I think I am attracted to photograph people who are pushing themselves. That and people living life as an adventure maybe. Thanks to a talented race car mechanic cousin and Team BMR, I got the chance to photograph a behind the scenes take on the touring car racing at Donnington earlier this month. Whilst safety is the top priority, the drivers race on the edge and the margin for error is tiny. Whilst at Donnington one of the cars burst into flames. Thankfully the driver calmly “parked” the car and got out safely but it can be thin lines. This shoot was also about the wider team and wanting to capture the characters that work in the background.