Football Fever

A random selection of crowd and local flavour shots from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. My son Toby (aged 11) and I spent three weeks watching games in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Belo Horizonte. Wonderful people, great atmosphere – and not a bad father-son bonding experience either!

These and the other Brazil photos in the previous post were shot on a pocket Canon Powershot SD1200 IS, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch. 

 

 

Wall of Heroes

Football is a big deal in Bermuda and these five Bermudian players, honoured with a building-high mural on Court Street, Hamilton, are among the few Islanders to have played successfully at a professional level. Pictured from left to right are Clyde Best, who starred for English side West Ham in the  1970s; David Bascome, who won a US indoor league title with the Baltimore Blast; Shaun Goater, who played for top English side Manchester City, as well as Rotherham, Bristol City and Southend; Nahki Wells, currently a prolific goalscorer with Bradford City in England’s League One and the first Bermudian to score a goal at Wembley; and Kyle Lightbourne, whose English clubs included Stoke City and Walsall.

Local artist Manuel Palacio and a team of volunteers created the work this summer as part of a project to improve and brighten up North East Hamilton, a neglected part of the city, frequently blighted by drugs and violence. I shot this as part of an ongoing series on public art in Bermuda. It’s an awkward location as there’s a chain link fence in front of the mural which makes getting the whole wall on an iPhone 5 tricky without a wide angle lens. I used the AutoStitch app to get the panoramic shot.