Mark Welton sent us this nice picture on Twitter. We asked him about his life and his passion : the sport photography and the FC Elche.
Where are you from and what are you doing in your life ?
Hi there, I'm originally from the North of UK but moved to live in Spain around 28 years ago.
Why did you send us this picture ?
I sent this picture as I thought it would accompany some of the wonderful pictures you have of the worlds football fields.
Can you talk about this picture ?
The pitch is located 40 mtrs below the famous (world heritage site) Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The aqueduct carries the the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee near to Llangollen in North Wales (UK).
I love the shadows the 18 arch iron Aqueduct casts across the lush Welsh grass football pitch. The bridge built in 1802 some 60 years before football started in the UK yet today they live side by side, viewed from pitch level the Aqueduct looks awe inspiring and from above the empty field seems to hold its breath waiting for action.
What is your relation to football ?
I've been around football for over 50 years. I started taking football photographs in the late 1970s, mainly 4th and 3rd division progressing slowly over time to shooting top games and players. Being directly involved in the game is no less exciting as when I first started. I love the gladiatorial nature of the contest, the crowd, noise and smells, football just has it all.
What would you remember of your sport photographer job ?
This question is very easy to answer…the year my club Elche CF won the Spanish 2nd Division title and gained promotion to the Liga.
So which team would you support during the World Cup in Russia ? Spain or England ? The two teams are really different from each other…
Most certainly I support both, perhaps Spain a little more than England. If the two should play each other at some point during the competetion which ever team I were to support for sure the other one would win.
Would you consider football as a part of art ?
No I don’t think so. To me football is a show `un espectaculo´ a display of constant changing emotions.
What are your plans for the future ?
I have no real plans other than to keeping enjoying shooting football at whatever level.
Thanks Mark !
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