Being outside the grounds of a football match once the game begins provides an interesting contrast of the senses. The combination of deserted streets filled with a sea of voices coming in intermittent waves from a crowd of people you can’t see, makes for a powerful and somewhat eerie setting.
This experience sparked the concept for ‘Around The Match’, a collaboration between Chris Butler and photographer Daniel Cheetham. The duo visited a series of football games on match day and explored the peripheral areas whilst the game played. Cheetham’s aim was to document the spaces and characters that inhabit these areas on film, whilst Butler compiled an aural diary of conversations, crowd noise, and general ambience through field recordings.
The field recordings were developed into a soundscape to accompany Cheetham’s photography, providing the material for the second issue of Cheetham’s publication ‘Around Here’.
CREATIVE | Chris Butler & Daniel Cheetham
PRODUCTION | Chris Butler
PHOTOGRAPHY | Daniel Cheetham
MUSIC | Chris Butler & Jamie Finlay
DESIGN | Daren Newman