How To Capture The Iconic Photograph | The Art of Football Photography

Emotions are really visible, like
everyone is at the top of their emotions. You can be screaming with anger or screaming with happiness but for example if you compare it to a tennis
match where everyone would be sitting and going like this, and would clap if one
would do really good. I can’t imagine that at a football match Yeah, like this. You’re not going to find this anywhere else. I always carry my camera around because its
my excuse to go to the game. If there is no one around going there for the
really small games then ill go there bring my camera and just go photographing. Then I have something to do and still be there. I can’t show Feyenoord culture in one picture
because there’s so many aspects. In every layer of society there is
Feyenoord fans Its just life for people. The weekend or the match is the highlight
of the week, its a family thing to go there and it doesn’t matter from which background
you’re from but Feyenoord will be the main thing in your life. Its also I think it is the most dramatic club
and the best club to follow as a photographer. Because its so extreme in everything! That’s a good comparison with photography
and also with street photography. If you’re not there the picture is not going to
take itself, you have to be there! In Rotterdam, if you want to really experience
a Feyenoord game and see what makes it so special and maybe take pictures of that,
you should go to at least one of the Feyenoord bars near the stadium. There’s all there really old pubs which are
completely filled with everything Feyenoord. My hands man! Its amazing to be here, to have the
opportunity to be up here. We up here, we’re all with climbers here. To even get here… Ill never be here again probably so,
lets enjoy! “We love you Feyenoord we do”… I prefer to be in the stands just as one
of the supporters. If you’re a journalist then your immediately
not one of them. I’m at Feyenoord, this is my club
I am one of the supporters. I am just taking pictures, but I’m shouting
just as loud as everyone else. I am just one of the supporters and I want
to take pictures from their point of view. I think as a journalist your mostly
photographing other people and their way of life sort of, but this is also
what I do. “We love you Feyenoord we do”… Okay so this was the day we won the title. Everything was football at the moment, and
it was perfect. Like the weather was perfect,
everyone was happy. It was this sort of dreamlike weekend that
you can never get back, and I’m really happy that I got to experience everything from it
and also take pictures of it, so I will always remember it really well, because
the memories will at one point come from the pictures that I took. I thought I have to bring my camera with me
because this is way too special to not document. Immediately your the journalist and your not
the supporter that’s with them, so you have to be really connected to the group. What I really like about my position
at the moment in the stands is that I can move around freely between
almost all the areas. Because I am taking pictures, I’ve met so
many people that I can go with friends, I can go alone, and then just meet up
with people I know in the stands in one are or in another area, and just
experience the entire stadium from different angles. It can be so many different reasons but
because I have a camera, I can experience all of them, because I just have an
excuse to be there. I miss all of the goals probably. Because I am focussing on getting
a picture. Or it will be some strange mess of me
tumbling down the stairs trying to point it at everyone at the same time hugging
everyone and shouting… yeah it’s chaos. These two roles completely mixed, and
that I think is when you get the supporters point of view that I’m trying to capture
with these photographs. “We love you Feyenoord we do”… I have a big batch of photos that are
completely unsharp. Everything is completely moving,
but at the same time you feel the energy of that particular moment. Then its more important to feel that then
to have a technically perfect picture where everything is frozen and crystal clear. You’re in this moment, you’re tumbling
down and that’s exactly what this should tell, or what these pictures should
be about. Same this one. Its complete chaos everywhere around you
you’re not next to the pitch where you can photograph the chaos on the other side
of the fence. You’re inside the chaos. I think its important, you have to be
part of the action, then the photographs feel that you are there and not that its
just a picture of people going crazy. Its you going crazy. Its everything going crazy and at that moment, your pressing
the shutter. Like this, this is completely different,
now I’m above the situation Well maybe for the story it’s good to have
perspectives, but as a supporter I want to be in there.

20 thoughts on “How To Capture The Iconic Photograph | The Art of Football Photography

  1. Hey Copa 90! Can you make a film about my team here in Brazil? Portuguesa from Sao Paulo, founded in 1920, so this year is our centenary! We have a great story to be told that only a few people outside Brazil knows, the story of one of the biggest injustices in football history! When we managed to avoid relegation from Serie A on the field but a dark scheme inside the boardroom saved Fluminense instead of us, because they are a big club and based in Rio de Janeiro, which helps then because CBF also is from Rio! After that, we struggled a lot and dropped divisions but never gave up! And this year, when we are celebrating 100 years of our club, i think is the right moment to tell our story to the world! Please if anyone from Copa 90 read this, think about it! Thank you very much!

  2. Very interesting this video 😉 Also i wanne know if you and when you ask for permission of taking pics from people? How do they reactand do you feel free enough to photograph all you want? Greetz, Alkmaar ⚽️⚽️⚽️

  3. This was nice and very interesting. Great commitment to the craft, passion, and art in photography too! Keep on keeping on.

  4. Inspirational as I’m a photographer myself and a huge fan of football. Would love to do something like this in the future

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