Kenny Legg has written about lower league football with Adventures in Tinpot since 2009. He also documents his trips with some fantastic photos.
Kenny Legg has written about lower league football with Adventures in Tinpot since 2009. He also documents his trips with some fantastic photos, which you can see below as part of our Photographers in Focus series. Follow Kenny on Instagram.
I think the first obvious question must be how you initially developed your interest in photography?
I have been writing a blog, Adventures in Tinpot, for a few years now and taking photos grew out of writing that. I enjoyed going to watch games at lower league grounds and photographing the things that make each club unique, like the little quirks in the clubhouse, the characters that attend the games, the setting and surroundings of the stadiums. Over time I started to enjoy taking photos more and more, getting some new ideas and influences and I’m continuing to learn what makes a good photo whilst enjoying getting out there.
What’s your earliest football memory?
My earliest memory was turning up to my first game to see the gates locked as the match was postponed! Not a great start. Since I was six I have been a Weymouth fan and my earliest memories were formed sat on a gate watching us get relegated two years in a row. I loved it. I recently wrote a few words in the book, Falling For Football, as to what made me become a Weymouth fan.
Who/what were/are your influences?
I’m a big fan of those whose work can convey the passion involved in football and it’s often quirky nature. Danny Last always produces some great work and always seems to turn up at the right matches. Stuart Roy Clarke is, of course, the master of taking great photos and I always enjoy looking at Jurgen Vantomme’s work, as it always captures the strange charms of lower league football. More locally Ian Stenhouse of No Dice Magazine produces brilliant work using Berlin lower league football as backdrop.
What is it about football and football culture that attracts you to document it?
Since moving to Germany I’ve become very interested in ultra culture and the amazing tifo displays they create and the ways in which they support their clubs, so I always enjoy going to games when I know their will be a chance to grab a couple of shots of a passionate, vociferous crowd. Similarly, as a non league fan at heart, I like to show that football isn’t all about the Premier League, the Champions League, etc., and that there is a world away from all that.
What do you look for when you take a photograph?
If I’m off to a bigger match, with a large number of fans then I will always try to get a decent spot to get some pictures of the crowd. If it’s a lower league game then it’s always a trip into the unknown, you never know what you might find and what opportunities might present themselves and I enjoy just wandering around and seeing what happens.
How do you feel about technology? Do you embrace digital and the ’social media age’ or are you more of a traditionalist? What equipment do you use?
I just use an old Samsung camera, nothing special. As my interest in taking photos grows I’m sure I’ll upgrade at some point.
What are your plans for the near future? Do you have a particular stadium/football location/fan group you want to visit and photograph?
The list of places to visit is ever growing, one of the priorities for early in this year is Chemie Leipzig. Their ground looks amazing and their main fan group, the Diablos, produce some spectacular displays, even more so when you consider they play in the 6th level of German football.
Last questions… what is your own favourite club and where’s the best place you’ve shot so far?
My team is Weymouth, I’ve been following them for over 25 years and seen them play in some bizarre towns across the country, I just wish I had some photos from those times.
Dynamo Dresden was a dream when I went there. A huge derby against Energie Cottbus on the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the club, I didn’t know where to look as there was so much going on. On the other side I also loved watching a 10th division game that took place on the roof of a supermarket in central Berlin, as the pitch offered fantastic views over the city. I don’t think there’s anywhere I would turn down a trip to again.
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