A series of photographs and image diaries depicting different sports and sportspeople set against the urban backdrop of London.
With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching and the huge investment in infrastructure starting to take shape around the capital, this project aims to focus on regular Londoners and how the stark contrasts of the capital's landscape provides unique and sometimes unexpected follies for their chosen sport.
From the lily-white clothed figures of the locals playing cricket in Kennington Park, surrounded by the huge tower blocks that stand as sentinels around the boundary; to the twenty-two players that turn out in all weathers for regular game of footy at Bacon's College in Rotherhithe. The north bank view of their game dominated by the now sadly iconic buildings of Canary Wharf. Once pillars of the heady, spend-all days of excess, they now loom over the pitch as unwanted spectators.
The sport, the architecture and the neighbourhood may change, but the common thread binding these photographs together are the people. Wherever the place, whatever the weather and whatever the sport, without them the game ceases to exist.
Want to join in?
We're continuously looking for sportspeople/clubs throughout London who would be interested in taking part in Twelfth Man, and also interested parties who would be interested in either sponsoring the project or help us to organise an exhibition in London. If you're interested please contact Matt Cottis on 07950 282 251 or mail - matt at iyastudio dot co dot uk. Thanks