The creative opportunities of shooting amateur sport
With years of experience shooting professional and amateur football, Eddie continues to find enjoyment in both. "I really like working with England, it's a very interesting job," he says. "I've spent most of my life on the outside, looking in, but now I'm very much part of the team – on the inside, looking out. When I'm shooting Premier League football, however, I can only shoot from certain places; you can't move and there are stewards in your way a lot of the time.
"With park football, I can go where I want. It's lovely to bring the skills I've learned over 35 years of shooting football back to where I started, because I see a lot more now. I see pictures more easily and I have no constraints. If the light changes I can move to where it is best. It's really nice to be able to shoot the angles I can't on a Premier League game. I can also get up close and personal with the guys doing a team talk at half-time, or ask permission to shoot in the changing rooms. It definitely allows me to be more creative."
Eddie advises aspiring sports photographers to hone their skills at an amateur level. "I get a lot of people asking me how to improve, and I always recommend they go and shoot whatever their local sport is, whether that's football, rugby or hockey," he says. "The most important thing is to keep on doing it. Go along, take the pictures, go through the edit and learn how to do it better. Then go back again the next weekend and do it again. The more you shoot, the more you'll improve."