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May 25, 2015 / Matt Wilkinson

Season Review

The end of the football season is a logical way to look back over the achievements of my sports photography work. 2014/15 has meant stepping up a gear in my commissions, in particular taking on FA Cup, league cup and Premier League work. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little daunted by the thought of my first Premier League job, especially being at Anfield (being a Manchester United fan made it an interesting experience!) but one I got started, it was pretty much the same as any other game pitchside.
A step up even from that was a commission for the Preston v Manchester United FA Cup game, which with my United affiliations made for an emotional job. The little boy in me meant I was a little starstruck by being so close to the likes of Rooney, De Gea & co. But like the game at Anfield, I soon got back in to my stride and managed to work as normal.
Hopefully next season will mean carrying on with similar commissions, I guess a step-up would be a European game, so watch this space!

February 2, 2015 / Matt Wilkinson

The Cornerhouse

Nice change to get a commission from a friend, especially one of Manchester’s most iconic venues. Never got to the Cornerhouse as many times as I’d have liked, particularly as it’ll be moving to another site very soon. Not an easy place to get a shot, especially in the rain, with plenty of pedestrians around. Also the bright facade of the cinema itself making a challenge of finding a correct exposure. Pleased with the results, particularly as I didn’t have my tripod with me (had to adapt, using my mobile and my wallet to balance the camera!)

January 15, 2015 / Matt Wilkinson

In the national press…

After my moan about lack of exposure (sic) of my FA Cup photos on the 4th January, out of the blue came a request to use one of my snaps from that Rochdale v Nottingham Forest game in ‘The Guardian’.
I’ve had work published in national newspapers before, but usually just tiny snapshots or in sport-specific titles. So to see my work used in a large editorial piece concerning Nottingham Forest and England ‘legend’ Stuart Pearce, was great to see, especially splashed over a centre-page spread…The Guardian

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