stadia today are what castles were to the Middle Ages - architectural
giants dominating the community, citadels of local pride and
their walls they retain a similar presence. They are the social
and economic powerhouses of the community, focusing the aspirations
and dreams of their disciples, and through this becoming financially
stronger and stronger. All that's lacking is the political power,
though football's popularity and profile has forced allegiances
to be declared from all manner of UK politician.
the links can be even greater. There are many socio-political
flashpoints where football is the vehicle for cultural change
or resistance - just look at Glasgow, Spain and the Balkans.
it any wonder the arenas these dramas are played out in have
become so important? With the ever increasing financial side
of football dictating club policy, the last ten years have seen
the rebirth of stadia architecture and construction. Nowhere
has this been more evident than in Britain, and in particular
once a traditionally working class community gathered on terracing
in ill conceived and inadequate football 'grounds', the turn
of the century has witnessed the emergence of spectator gentrification
and rampant football consumerism, all neatly packaged into magnificent
purpose-built 'super stadia'.
stadia are acknowledged to have existed during only two periods
of western-European history.
Greeks and Romans left us with the remnents of their architectural
genius, most notably the Colosseo in Rome. Hundreds of years
later the advent of team sports in Britain led to mass spectator
participation and the creation of
the first 'modern' stadia.
this lack of representation in human history explains why sports
stadia design is an often overlooked architectural field when
it comes to defining mans greatest building acheivements. Or
perhaps it's just that until only recently the vast majority
of stadia have been appallingly designed, ill conceived and
unworthy of professional or public praise.
times change! The revolution in sport over the last ten years
has resulted in a rejuvination of public interest, commercial
application and social status.
interest in sports stadia - particularly football grounds -
includes their design, their place in popular culture, their
history and their future. I hope to realise these interests
in the following forms:
online gallery of my visual compositions
taken around the world
stadia picture archive
lots more - details soon!
initial website is an opportunity for me to display the photography
I have created on my travels around some of Englands greatest
sporting citadels over the last few years. There are also some
European and American stadia, areas I intend to develop.
learning curve involved has seen an improvement in photographs
taken - when I first started I simply used disposable cameras
(the fear of not being allowed to take pictures inside a ground
made this the most practical option) whereas today the panoramic
composition facility of my Pentax allows for stunning creations.
hope you'll agree that the results can be stunning, and that
over time you'll return to this site and view the many new additions
which are sure to appear here. Some of the compositions are
available to purchase, though they are either original one-offs
or of limited edition only.
comments and views welcome. Why
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