Ian Hughes is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.


This ongoing series titled “Around The Floodlit Grounds” is a collection of photographs taken outside football grounds at night while games are going on inside. Non-descript suburban cul-de-sacs, old terraced streets or quiet country lanes can be transformed—lit up like Hollywood film sets by the beams of artificial light spilling over from the local football ground. I feel compelled to photograph these scenes. If a football ground has floodlights then I want to photograph it and its surrounding area.

—Ian Hughes