The Lord’s My Shepherd honours and celebrates the fans of West Bromwich Albion FC, exploring the emotional connection and role the club plays in the identity of West Bromwich and the wider Black Country. The exhibition, in a local pub well frequented by West Bromwich Albion football fans, is a series of portraits of fans photographed on coloured backgrounds associated with the club. Accompanying the photographs is an audio work of interviews with fans, recordings of the crowds at matches and music associated with the club.
With thanks to James O’Connell for audio production and Liam Pye for photographic assistance.
This commission is part of the Forge Artist Open Call Programme which invited 12 West Midlands artists and/or curators to make new bodies of work for the Blast! Festival and take part in a mentorship programme.
Stephen Burke is a photographer living and working in Birmingham. His work explores the relationship between people and place and how our social and physical environments can have a determining effect on who we are and how we live our lives. Conversation, chance, collaboration and celebration are key themes in his approach to creating work.