So, now the university BA hons degree comes to an end and I have handed in my last piece of work for Nottingham Trent. With extra spare time on my hands I thought It would be a good time to write a blog post.
Well what can I say, the last academic year has been a strange one with nearly all my uni work being done from home but on the plus side, the access I have had to football matches has been what I have been striving for for the past three years! its been amazing finally getting to do what I have wanted to do for years! I cannot thank Mark Fletcher from MI News & Sport enough for the opportunity.
The year of shooting football I have had has been a real eye opener as to what I can do with different lenses in parts of a stadium. It was a massive shame though that fans were only allowed in temporarily in smaller numbers but that I guess, is something to look forward to in the future when they arrive back to the stadiums in their droves. One of my friends said to me before the season started ‘I wouldn’t call you a sports photographer till you have had your pictures in national newspapers’ well I certainly ticked that box this season with a small number of images making it to print including my favourite shot of the season which is below,
I love this shot compared to others of mine that have been used because it was a very special moment for Jonson Clarke-Harris and Peterborough United Football Club as the striker broke the 60-year goalscoring record and the fact that someone of the Daily Mirror had photoshopped the image at the top so that it stands out.
Yes, I have taken thousands of images this season but this one is akin to what I started getting serious about photography for in the beginning. This type of image is what I have studied for 5+ years for.
I also got to shoot my own team Leicester City Football Club in the Premier League this season albeit we lost 4-2 to Newcastle, which almost ruined my day. But then I can look back and I also shot them at Stokes ground in the FA cup when we beat Stoke 4-0 which is was nice, I only had a 70-200mm lens though. Luckily, I have acquired the equipment I need now to work, I just need to find a sustainable position, or at least some shifts to start paying back the thousands I have spent on equipment…
Jonson Clarke-Harris of Peterborough United celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty in injury time to clinch promotion to the Championship during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Peterborough and Lincoln City at Weston Homes Stadium, Peterborough on Saturday 1st May 2021. (Credit: James Holyoak | MI News)