A Trip to England’s 9th Tier: Penrith FC
Penrith Football Club, founded in 1894, are members of the Ebac Northern League Division One, the 9th tier the English league pyramid. In 2009, they relocated to a new stadium at Frenchfield Park after the development of Penrith New Squares took over the site of their historical home, Southend Road. Nathen McVittie grabbed his camera and propped it up right next to the pitch to experience Penrith FC for the first time.
In Nathen’s words: "Penrith is a pretty small town. The new stadium is only a five minute walk from my family’s house. I was trying to get to as many football games in England as I could before I had to fly back to New York, and it hit me that everything I had seen up to that point was of a fairly high standard. I wanted to capture something local, something gritty that captured the essence of non league football.
I wasn’t looking to capture immaculate photos, quite the opposite. I wanted to reflect exactly what I was seeing on the pitch— imperfection. It was actually my first ever Penrith game, even though I spent the best part of 20 years there. It was my Nick Hornby moment; I realized I would watch any game, anytime, anywhere.”
Didier Drogba: The Photographer
The swarm of cameras around footballers and professional athletes is nothing new. Sitting on the Galatasaray bench this past weekend, Didier Drogba decided to spend some time turning the tables. Snagging a camera from one of the photographers, Didier went ahead and took a few shots. Making the most of the situation, Drogba’s exquisite and improvised work was actually published. So, thanks to Drogba, the #selfie has invaded Getty’s official photo wire.
Through Ryu’s Lens: Anything you can do…
There’s only one person more disappointed that Zlatan won’t be in Brazil than Zlatan, and that is Ryu Voelkel. The big man deceives, acting and performing in a way that makes him seem to be more than just that. Camera in hand, Ryu was in Stockholm to witness a battle between two greats.
Just when Portugal were comfortable, Ibrahimovic put them on the back foot. Just when Sweden were full of hope, Ronaldo silenced the stadium. The Swede did all he could, but could only watch as his counterpart did more.
Football in the Favelas by Laurence Griffiths
With the World Cup kicking off in only a matter of months, it’s becoming increasingly clear how different the pristine stadiums are from the heart of the game in Brazil. After receiving an Editorial Fellowship from Getty Images, photographer Laurence Griffiths was able to document
football futebol in Brazil and what it means to the people in the favelas. From games until sunset to a 4-hour long pelada, watch the full feature from Griffiths here.
Creating an Unbuilt Stadium
Stadium mock-ups flood the Internet, and we open every one with open arms. But how do the images actually come to life? In an assignment to build a mock-up of an Inter x Gremio Stadium, we see the step-by-step mix of 3d, photoshop, and photography to go from a bare outline to a booming event filled with 80,000 fans. See the full Case Study from abuzeedo here. [Posted by Eric]