Every Tuesday or Wednesday night during autumn and winter, when the evenings are nice and dark, I go along with my camera and tripod to where a floodlit football match is taking place. Instead of going inside the ground to photograph the match, I spend most of the ninety minutes taking long-exposure photographs of the surrounding area. I find that the local landscapes are temporarily transformed for those two hours a week. Nearby cul-de-sacs, terraced streets and farmer’s fields are lit like Hollywood film sets until the referee blows the final whistle. Soon after, the lights go out one by one and everything looks normal again. It makes no difference to me if it’s a big Premier League stadium dominating a city skyline or a small village club ground nestled away behind Mrs Wilkins’s washing line. I think that they are all spectacles crying out to be photographed. I have now photographed well over 150 of them.
- Ian Hughes
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