“Blind Dave” At The Hawthorns

I’ve never been on a football pitch at half time so it was quite an experience to emerge from the tunnel at West Bromwich Albion‘s home ground, “The Hawthorns“, late last year to a packed stadium.

I was there to shoot some “behind the scenes” images for film company Pixel Revolution and director, Nigel Davey as they filmed the presentation of a special ceremonial golden key to lifelong Albion fan, “Blind Dave” Heeley for their film about his life.

Fundraiser Dave’s most notable achievement was his completion of seven (yes, SEVEN) marathons on seven continents in seven days. Which rather put my brisk walk out of the tunnel into context.

Whilst waiting for our quick dash onto the pitch, we were based in the media room and had the opportunity to meet Chris “Kammy” Kamara, who kindly agreed to say a few words for the film and pose (briefly) for a couple of photos.

You can find out more about the film here.

In Pursuit Of The Knockout Shot (part 2)

A few more images from the early bouts of Fighting Fit City Gym‘s Bill Meddings Cup boxing show at Gatecrasher, Birmingham on Saturday.

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

I should mention that in addition to the kind of action shots that the client really wants and expects, I like to capture some of the other little details like the boxers before the first bell of the bout, or what happens in the corners between rounds. These are more for my own personal satisfaction, really.

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

Copyright David Rann 2013

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More soon…

A Little More Pride…

Following on from the last post about Priory Park ABC‘s leading fighters at Wolverhampton Civic Hall earlier this month, here are a few more backstage shots, this time mainly showing Ryan “Tank” Aston as he prepares for what was to be become his first title-winning fight…

Ryan "Tank" aston prepares for battle.

Ryan “Tank” aston prepares for battle.

A few words from the ref.

A few words from the ref.

Trainer Paul Gough and Ryan Aston.

Trainer Paul Gough and Ryan Aston.

The "cuts mon" adds the finishing touches.

The “cuts mon” adds the finishing touches.

Last minute advice from trainer Paul Gough.

Last minute advice from trainer Paul Gough.

In my next post, I’ll show you some shots from the fights themselves. Again, many thanks to Paul and the lads and lasses from Priory Park ABC for their co-operation.