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The Ritual by suberashi

Loyal

Loyal

A set of images to show the weekend faces and views of the national game here in the UK. Something different than trees, landscapes. Over the next few months I will be taking in the visuals of Midlands football prior to kick off seeing the faces and scenes that become rituals and routine for thousands.

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Known fact I love football! and thought it would be good to see how the weekend ritual is played. Here are the results. The faces and environment the, rituals of the game that seem to be everywhere during match day. It's the great leveler football, match day showing full support to your club is important. It was West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United this day. West Brom are situated between Smethwick, Handsworth and the town of West Bromwich is annexed to Birmingham so a real multicultural club, and it has big support in those districts. Next season they will be the only representatives of top flight football in this part of the world, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and another lost soul Wolverhampton Wanders are all probably in the league below next season, all clubs are up for sale but the fans still turn up for the routine and rituals of match day. As for United we pretty much know about them. The United away fans had their casuals game sorted by the look some of the best dressed support in the country.

Merch

Merch

Having spent a fair bit of time in the land filled with hills and mountains it felt good to go stealth for a bit. Nothing more than gloves the Nikon D750 and a 50mm lens, ISO was cranked up so no worry with bad light getting in the way. Great places football grounds in the UK, the weekend or midweek ritual of thousands hoping or expecting their team to does the job. I want to see was the pre-match routines and rituals of folk who love football. Quite an appropriate game to scope out too, West Bromwich Albion against the stuttering giants Manchester United. Both clubs with rich history West Brom pioneered giving black players a platform to play, Cyril Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Remi Moses stole the show back in the day and Bryan Robson left West Brom for United for a record fee of a hefty 1.5 million pounds not to mention "Big" Ron Atkinson managed both clubs.

Food at football has a smell and you know folk have their preferred stalls, programme sellers pitch up in their normal spot and the scarf sellers set up like bosses to get that wrap sold. Its still fascinates me theatre of football before kick off, and with a new global following i'm not sure the wider world sees this so its good to get that out there show its not all Jim White, glitter and glitz.

⬅︎  Match Day Parking  ⬅

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Match Day Parking

There is massive buzz around the game for both, WBA needing to ensure survival and United trying to recapture some of that allure lost since Sir Alex walked. From there I strolled, not having any affiliation to either club it was cool just to feel and see the day build. As it was United there was an extra crackle not because they are any cop, but they where there for the taking and yup they kept up their dreadful season they losing 1-0. A week for baggies fans to live off and be happy for as they ensured another season in the top flight. Looking forward to hitting more Midlands football establishments to snap more scenes and celebrate routine and ritual.

Shot on Nikon D750 x 1989 50mm 1.8, Adobe Lightroom for edit.

Brecon Heaven by suberashi

Sharp edged

Sharp edged

These is a song currently "Real Friends" from man of the moment Kanye West, the great divider, some folk really don't like Yeezy I do, but the song is apt for this blog. See I took a trip with a friend and fellow photog Rich Jones to Brecon Beacon's National Park in central Wales.

Brecon Snow Dapped

Brecon Snow Dapped

 

Rich was one of the first faces I met ten years ago when I worked for a large fruit based tech giant since then we have stayed in touch he has travelled far. It struck me we never shoot together so we did, a trip to Wales and that mighty national park in Brecon. As a shooter it's always about the learn, yeah sneakers, yeah buildings, yeah portrait... but the outdoor thing, is a thing of love to snap.

Winter warmers, Rab Latok x Comme Des Garcon PLAY

Winter warmers, Rab Latok x Comme Des Garcon PLAY

Since leaving the hood of Birmingham a few years back rural vistas have taken hold and replaced the outdoor theatre of the cityscape. Trying not to get caught into the "I only shoot..." or the general snobbery seems limiting to me and from a standpoint I want to tell stories from every vista. So of we went jumped in the Golf, Rich is good company. I tend to try and not get too overloaded but seem to take my D750, tripod bag expecting light magic. Oh I also try and steer from camera chatter rather see the image than talk the gubbins used but a D750 with a 50mm, 24mm and classic 70-210 mm.

Mood Good, Pen y Fan

Mood Good, Pen y Fan

Before you know it Worcestershire is replaced by Wales, both of us putting the world to rights one of the good guys RJ and makes dull trips fly by. This is my second trip in as may weeks to the National Park at Brecon. The first time snow, a fair amount this time nothing, but I really didn't matter there's so much to absorb. The mountains contain the highest peaks in southern Britain they also have cool ass names too, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Corn Du rising over 3,000 feet. The British Army have used Brecon's land for serious training for yonks and we did see a steady stream of camo' running wild. The weather is notorious here one minute sunny, next wet, windy, unpredictable as anything. Keeping the wet and cold out was easy Rab Latok in red ( if I get lost I can be found) Comme x PLAY hoodie and the best Nike SB in ages from PolerStuff warm dry goodness, my go to boots for grim weather, anyway that said a day is not enough to scope this place out.

Rich Rising   

Rich Rising

 

Taking the lazy option we parked at Storey Arms car park and took a slow fat boy ascent up from there, it s a good slog even for an unfit oaf like me.. At the top though worth it the park is 1,344 km² and looks it even if I did say to Rich it didn't look that big, it did. Looking across there is so much to want to capture good job my D750 is a greedy sort. Ive never subscribed to the "I only shoot" crew because when you hit a spot like this the options become endless and why limit yourself with a snooty steez.

The factors are, shape, colour's but, I'm also driven by songs, even lines from songs can get my eye to see something. Rich is a motivator too, he knows how to make you see sense and focus on the magic of clicking. Problem was the light not the best at all so you think how can I make it work ? I went long with some long exposure content, handheld and more traditional with a tripod see what happens hey.

Big. Get it ?

Big. Get it ?

Once this homeboy's sea legs kicked in I was happy to stay forever... Sea legs though? silly considering I've ridden down mountains on those snowboards for yonks but yeah seriously that good. Take a step back and be thankful. Rich was impressed too claiming this place as good as anything and he loves the Lake District, thats the other spot I need to hit.

The Light.

 

 

As the light died we headed down toward the car and in my head all I'm hearing Ultralight Beam again by Kanye, and we then hit a waterfall and everything fit Kelly Price in my ear. Nikon, ND, Tripod and GO! "We on an ultralight beam" again the inspirations can't and don't just come from holding a black box and talking glass and pixel envy.

"we on a ultralight beam"

"we on a ultralight beam"

Go to Wales that's all!!! see this place feel inspired but also understand the value of real friends they make it a lot easier. Peace.

Kicks... Poler x Nike SB timeless sleepers.

Kicks... Poler x Nike SB timeless sleepers.