Football and photography have always been interests of mine, but nothing I ever took too seriously. In April 2018, before a solo holiday to Ibiza, I decided to get myself a little Yashica T3 camera and some Kodak Portra 400 film to accompany me. The Ibiza super clubs were closed due to the time of year, so I found myself exploring the picturesque Ibiza town and island coastline on a scooter. Every five minutes I was stopping to take a shot. I got back to Scotland and eager in anticipation went straight from the airport to my local film processing lab to drop off my rolls of film. A few days later, I got my scans back and from that point I was completely hooked - the photos were way better than I expected and the sense of positive nostalgia meant I was modestly staring at them for hours on end.
Fast forward a year and a bit. I’m in the Curva Sud of the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma for the first day of the 2019/2020 Serie A season to watch Parma take on Juventus. Of course, I was one of the first in the stadium to take some pictures. It’s at this point my interest in football started to become a little more serious. I’ve probably been more interested in fan culture than the beautiful game itself but that sunny late-afternoon in Emilia-Romagna was the trigger for my new-found obsession. The atmosphere, the architecture, the graffiti, the Parma Boys singing constantly pre, during and post-game, the sun blazing down on me as I stood at the top of the terrace with a pint in either hand - honestly there is nothing that beats it.
During the COVID-19 lockdown I decided to merge my two hobbies and launch Home End Prints - analog prints for Scottish football fans. Without any football being played or fans able to attend games, it might seem like a really stupid time to launch something like this. I’d compare it to an artist being given a canvas but with only two colours to complete the masterpiece; but I’m giving it a go anyway!
All photos are taken with a Japanese medium format camera from the 1980s. Processed and scanned by Gulabi Photo in Glasgow and images are completely unfiltered to give you the raw tones of the film.
I hope you enjoy looking at your print as much as I enjoy creating them.