Stuck in the Middle with You
"It's a funny old game" as someone once said and so it has always seemed to me. On Wednesday, I made a return to football, visiting Bloomfield Road for the first time to photograph Blackpool v Hull City.
The unpredictability of football is one of the reasons why people love it so much, and this is the same for a photographer - although on the flip side it can prove to be extremely frustrating too. There are certain situations that you always hope for during a match, the principal one being goals. You then hope that you are in a good position to capture the goal being scored, and that the scorer and teammates celebrate in your direction. This can all happen in a matter of seconds meaning that concentration is key.
On a blustery evening on the Lancashire coast, I was fortunate enough to be in the right position as Hull City notched their third goal in a 3-1 win. The goal was scored and the players ran in my direction where their supporters were sitting. It was a surreal situation having the players celebrating so close to me, kicking and banging the advertising hoardings to a background of angry Blackpool fans, while stewards rallied to stop the Hull fans - who had jumped from their seats in excitement - coming into contact with their players. A minute of high charged energy and then it was over.
My laptop and camera gear survived together with a realisation of why I too love this crazy sport.