An Unconditional Love

Photographer, Alex Ingram captures football fans’ passion and obsession for the beautiful game

Words by Alex Ingram

Football. It's as much a part of British culture as Afternoon Tea, Fish'n'Chips, Morris Dancing or the Queen's Speech. It's a part of our culture that's engraved into the bone, but when I first started this project I didn’t have a clue about it! I didn’t know who plays for who, what division a club is in and don’t even get me started with the offside rule as I still don’t fully understand. It’s an aspect of modern society that I just wasn’t a part of.

There’s no denying that football is a massive part of many people’s lives, a multi-million pound industry that has infiltrated into every aspect of British culture, and connects people from all manner of life. From lawyers to cleaners, students to pensioners. For a few hours every week your social status is revoked, and people unite to share in the pride and the passion of this incredible game.

The images aim to capture the passion and obsession that fans have for their team, and questions the impact it has on society. I’ve turned my lens away from the professional players, and instead focus on the real heart and soul of the sport: the fans.

This project is personal to me, and I see my images not just as a documentation of the fans emotions and reactions to the happenings on the pitch, but also as a means of me better understanding this culture that I’m not a part of, and in turn learning what causes this unconditional love for the game.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
 

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
 

As TRIP C.I.C. we are not interested in profiting from the activities of the organization, and re-invest all income back in to consecutive publishing projects.
 

Directors:
Dean Davies
Alfie Allen
 

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