AROUND THE FLOODLIT GROUNDS

I'm drawn to floodlit football grounds a bit like a moth is drawn towards an artificial light. Like the moth, I circle them rather than head directly to them. My aim is to find the right view for taking a picture that captures the unique ambience of the surrounding area. I can't comment for the moth.
The sight of a floodlit football ground lighting up the surrounding streets at night - like a beacon drawing you in - is something that excites me.
As photographers, we love to see the way that light falls on our subjects. A non-descript suburban cul-de-sac or a nearby farmer's field can be transformed - lit up like Hollywood film sets - by the beams of artificial light spilling over from the local football ground. That's why I enjoy photographing small local league grounds so much. Within 10 minutes of the ref blowing the final whistle, the lights go off one by one and everything is non-descript again (and quite dark).
This is an ongoing project in which I have photographed over 60 grounds mostly around South East England.

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