Searching through the football archive recently, I found this picture of Rio Ferdinand at the 2002 World Cup in Japan. It’s one of the very first taken as part of a six-year behind the scenes project with the England players and staff. The location is the massage room of the team hotel the morning of the quarter-final against Brazil in Shizuoka on 21 June.
Even though I went on to shoot another 100,000 frames until Fabio Capello arrived and things changed, it’s still one of my favourites.
Last July, I caught the end of a radio session by this band which really made an impression. The DJ said they were playing in Camden the following night so I emailed their management asking for a photo pass. No reply.
I turned up at the venue anyway and met the band as they arrived to soundcheck. They were friendly and quite happy for me to hang around with my cameras.
It was a really powerful set and the drummer was spectacular. Afterwards, I mailed 82 pictures to the band and management. I heard nothing back.
Every so often it’s good to be reminded that not everyone cares as much about pictures.
Great band though.
The light in The Star Cafe in Soho is one of the reasons I like to eat there. Another is those few minutes over lunch spent talking football, Crossrail or grandchildren with the owner Mario Forte.
It’s taken twenty years but I finally remembered to get a picture of him.
The Oldie: Super Mario