Today we have a guest post from photographer Ian Beesley, whose photographs of Bradford City Football Club and fans during their first season in the Premiership is currently on display in our foyer.
Ian attended the Capital One Cup Final last Sunday, and kindly promised to bring back some photographs of the occasion.
“It’s hard to take photographs of a football match when you are a fan. The transition from fan to photographer is a difficult one; any excitement and it is difficult to resist that pull back to being a fan and part of the collective crowd experience.”
“The most important and enjoyable part of the trip to Wembley for me was the collective experience, the feeling of belonging, the shared emotion and pride of being a Bradfordian and a Bantam. I took my camera as a fan, and the desire to have a photographic memento of this historic occasion. The sight of thousands of City fans singing and waving their flags as the Bantams struggled against a first class team is one that will remain with me. My photos are but a slight interpretation of that spectacle, but already they are a poignant reminders of a fantastic day.”
We’re still looking for your photographs of match day. Whether you were pitch side, or sat around the television with your nearest and dearest, submit your best Bantams Capital One Cup Final photographs to our Flickr group, and the best images will be selected by our Curator of Photographs and featured in this blog.
You can see the full gallery of Bradford City photographs by Ian Beesley and Eamonn McCabe on our website.