The fan

By mrswoolybill
Sporting loyalty is all about the triumph of hope over experience.
Maybe you stand in a cold field, singing out of tune and waving your scarf instead of doing the sensible thing and wearing it, while your team crashes to their twentieth successive defeat.
Or else you climb a high hill, spray-paint your heroes' names on the road, then wait two hours in the rain for a fleeting, blurred glimpse of them as they hurtle past at 70kph.
Either way, you can say, in Max Boyce's immortal words,'I was there!'.
A b&w conversion of my favourite picture from last week's Tour of Britain cycle race.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism People Black and white Sports and action

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AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:58AM
Excellent image of our man caught in the act. I've so often seen these daubings on travels in France but never seen the perpetrators. And, Wiggo didn't win... shame.

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fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
18 Sep 2012 8:13AM
Not how I would have cropped it but nevertheless a very fine candid capture and perfect in black 'n white.

mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1556 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 8:20AM
Thanks early birds. Albert, this was very carefully composed, I'm not cropping it!
Ann - we saw Cav win the sprint finish that day, two days later he crashed from 1st to 49th overall and Wiggo went down with a tummy bug. That's life...
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 8:39AM
Go Wiggy Go.
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
18 Sep 2012 8:43AM
It works better in mono in my opinion Moira.

fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
18 Sep 2012 8:46AM

Quote:Thanks early birds. Albert, this was very carefully composed, I'm not cropping it!

I didn't expect that you would Moira Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1556 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 8:48AM
Thanks Ken. B&W carries the truth of the moment better for me. Perhaps it's because all my earliest memories are i mono.
Sorry for very little activity on site, our holiday cottage wifi works at snail's pace, I can go and make a cup of tea while waiting for a page to load.
The spirit of the moment caught so well Moira, keeping in the jumble of cars adds the moment to the image, the crush of cars bringing the fans and marshals to the event, all the fun of the day about to explode for a moment or two.

nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
18 Sep 2012 9:27AM
Said and done, I like your written and photographic interpretation a lot, Moira.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.7k 148 England
18 Sep 2012 9:38AM
The 'man or muppet' would suggest to me he's not quite that big a fan. Well composed reportage whichever.

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 10:01AM
"Graffiti of the sporting kind?" A great image, and one which says it all.

Regards Nathan
18 Sep 2012 11:51AM
The graffiti on the A24 to Box Hill done during the Olympics are still as fresh as a daisy.
Future generations will wonder who the heck " CAM " was as they glide over the messages in their hovercars.
A good going over with a can of grey would sort it.
C l i v e
Tibetan 4 3 England
18 Sep 2012 12:08PM
We are a very strange species don't you think, well some don't think at all lol. I like street art when it's done as an improvement to drab surroundings, but graffiti for it's own sake is not a must for me!, the cost can be astronomical over the course of time. great photo suited well to B&W like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
18 Sep 2012 12:29PM
...or the fanny?????
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
18 Sep 2012 1:03PM
What a great shot - and it really made me chuckle! Well spotted and captured, Moira Grin
Trev Smile
whipspeed Plus
12 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 1:04PM
I don't think this needs cropping either, really well observed shot of road race graffiti.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
18 Sep 2012 2:07PM
Another good one for your...I've Been There, records. Like the Man or Muppet....
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 2:42PM

Quote:Not how I would have cropped it but nevertheless a very fine candid capture and perfect in black 'n white.


think I might agree re the crop but like the mono appearance
18 Sep 2012 5:38PM
Great description Moira, and yes, it works well in mono too.

John Smile
18 Sep 2012 6:04PM
good in mono too...
carper123 Plus
5 955 8 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:09PM
A great capture, Moira, a wonderful piece of social history, superb in black and white.
Well done.
Darryl. xxSmileSmile
18 Sep 2012 10:00PM
Well spotted SmileSmile
18 Sep 2012 10:30PM
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
18 Sep 2012 10:38PM
Nice comp. -- allowing us to read what he is spraying. I like your narrative as well.
Nicely done, Moira.
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
19 Sep 2012 5:33AM
Great to see this image again, I did like it then also

costas Plus
9 2 2 Greece
19 Sep 2012 8:05PM
Yes !! It was screaming for b+w this one, like it a lot, back pocket is a cracker .
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.0k 1556 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:59AM
I'm glad someone has mentioned that pocket at last... Smile
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
23 Sep 2012 4:29PM
I think he's spraying that his hero or heroes win!Wink
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
1 Oct 2012 7:06AM
this is realy excellent....wonderful and very well timed

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