Mesut Ozil x SoccerBible

I watched Aston Villa stumble & fall to their worst ever Premier League season since it’s founding.  We were relegated with a handful of games left and now I’m getting ready to watch my team play away at the likes of Burton Albion next season in the Championship.

Away from my own woes of following football SoccerBible got in touch and asked if I was interested in photographing Arsenal and Germany midfielder, Mesut Ozil for the cover of their new issue.  I said yes as quick as I physically could & started planning the shoot with the team.

We had a couple of hours for the shoot where we aimed to shoot three or four different set ups.  The location was an interesting studio in north London - it had loads to offer and resulted in a few really different set ups.

The below set up was one of my favourites:

The simplest set up ended up being the cover shot.  Against the white wall with Mesut throwing a ball up in the air whilst looking straight down at the camera.  You can see a screenshot from a video (taken by Sasha Green) below of me capturing what is now the cover. 

I can only dream of ever seeing a player of such high class as Mesut Ozil in Villa colours. I joked with him to play badly against my team on the last game of the season to which he replied “I don’t know about that…”. Arsenal beat us 4-0 with Ozil assisting one of the goals.

It was only after the covers were publicly released that I realised that Jurgen Teller & Edd Horder had photographed the alternative Paul Pogba & Raheem Sterling covers respectively.  It’s a genuine honour to be in such company.

Below you can see a couple of BTS shots taken by Dave Blackburn:

Thanks to SoccerBible for the opportunity, Mesut Ozil for being class on & off the field (and the matching Yeezy’s), Adidas for styling the shoot and to Dave Blackburn & Sasha Dior Green for assisting.

You can buy the magazine here:

http://store.soccerbible.com/collections/frontpage/products/soccerbible-magazine-issue-6-mesut-ozil-cover

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