YOU don’t have to be a genius to spot Stuart Roy Clarke is a photographer.
Even when he is asked to strike a pose for the Mail, he is desperately trying to capture workers moving a trolley full of cups from one part of St George’s Park to another, all while speaking on the phone.
Passion pours out of him when he speaks about his upcoming project, which will see the critically-lauded snapper chart a year in the life of St George’s Park. The results will go on show at the new home of football.
He said: “I had worked for the Football Association before and jumped at the chance when they offered me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It is so interesting to see the facility that was once a glimmer in the eye of football chiefs and now is here in all its glory.
“I think the chance to document a year in the life of St George’s Park is an interesting and exciting one and I am really enjoying what I have done so far.
“What has amazed me so far is the difference in what I can take pictures of. One moment it can be a conference with thousands of delegates and the next minute it can be the first ever US football team to use the site. This is one of the aspects of the project that excites me the most.”
People who would like to get a flavour for Stuart’s work can see a display of his past projects in the courtyard that connects the hotel complex on site and the football centre.
He added: “It is a great setting for a photography with so many opportunities.
“It is early days in the project, but I am now starting to get a feel for my surroundings.
“It will differ to how I normally work.
“If I was taking pictures at a game I would be one of the first at the ground, pick out people I want to snap and be there for five or six hours – this is a totally different beast.
“I can come and go as I please and I am able to get access to a range of rare and exciting opportunities.
“I remember doing some work for the Football Association back in the early 90s and seeing the first blueprints of St George’s Park – to be here now, asked to create something that will be woven into the fabric of this place – now that is exciting.”
Spending just a few minutes with the man dubbed the ‘finest football photographer in this country’ hints that this project is set to be stunning.