When looking at the portfolio of Berlin-based photographer Lukas Korschan, the majority of projects are fashion focused. However, sitting among commissions for Comme des Garcons, Adidas and Ignant is a series on Dulwich football club, a small club whose following has gained a resurgence in recent years, bringing together locals and hipsters over a £10 ticket and a cheap pint.
“I love football, but next to the actual game I love the culture around it,” Lukas tells It’s Nice That. “It’s super diverse and yet very simple. That’s something I am drawn to and coming from fashion photography, lately I have been doing a lot of off pitch football projects.”
Dulwich Hamlet in particular raised Lukas’ interest, “for being this liberal and open-minded South London club with a great history (former Dulwich player Benjamin Odeje for example, the first black footballer to represent England at any level)”. The football club’s cultural diversity, and the tiny details that make up Dulwich’s individual character, are captured by Lukas’ lens. From nail biting older fans, to kids giggling holding packets of biscuits. “I visited for one game and tried to capture everything but what was going on at the football pitch,” says Lukas. “Simply photographing the people around it — fans, club staff and the scenery.
“Even though they’re playing in a low amateur league, the stadium is always packed and very energetic — because in contrast to Premier League club stadiums people can drink beer, stand up and let loose.”
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