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Premier League Sides Captured Through Beautiful Photography in 2013-14

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2014

Premier League Sides Captured Through Beautiful Photography in 2013-14

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    We are all used to seeing the work of professional sports photographers who crouch on the sidelines with their long lenses. Major newspapers and discerning websites such as this one publish them every day.

    While most photographers stick to generic conventions to tell the story of the game, Ryu Voelkel does things a little differently.

    "I show the moments between the highlights," he says. "I focus on the details, like patterns, movements and capturing the atmosphere in the stadium."

    Here follows a selection of Voelkel's work, taking an artistic look at English top-flight clubs competing in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.  

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Wayne Rooney on the turf at Villa Park in December. The Red Devils won 3-0, with the England striker assisting Tom Cleverly for the third. 

Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Joe Hart tends his net during Bayern Munich's visit to Eastlands in October.

    England's No. 1 made errors that led to two of Die Roten's goals in the visitors' eventual 3-1 win. 

Arsenal vs. Tottenham

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    An avian pitch invader during Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup victory over Tottenham in January.

    In the background, we see Theo Walcott shortly before he exited the pitch with his famous hand gesture

Liverpool vs. Newcastle

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Steven Gerrard facing the media after Liverpool's clash with Newcastle on the final day of the season. 

    The Reds captain's posture suggests disappointment with his side's failure to clinch the Premier League title. 

Arsenal vs. Chelsea

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Arsenal defend a set piece against Chelsea on a wet evening shortly before Christmas.

    The Gunners needed a win to spend the festive period at the top of the table, but it ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

    This was Arsene Wenger's 10th unsuccessful attempt at beating Jose Mourinho. 

Arsenal vs. Chelsea

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Olivier Giroud laments a missed chance in Arsenal's aforementioned bout with Chelsea. The Frenchman missed two opportunities to win the game in the final 11 minutes. 

Chelsea vs. Everton

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Silhouettes from Everton's visit to Stamford Bridge in February. An injury-time goal from Frank Lampard kept Chelsea one point above Arsenal at the Premier League summit.

Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    Fernandinho in the onion bag during the aforementioned Manchester City Champions League group stage defeat to Bayern Munich.

    In the 59th minute, the Brazilian lost the ball to Arjen Robben in the midfield, only for the Dutchman to charge down the right wing and beat Joe Hart at his near post for Bayern's third of the evening. 

     

Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain

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    John Terry on bended knee during Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Paris Saint Germain.  

    The Blues veteran was at fault for the Parisians' opening goal in Paris but was faultless in the second leg in which the English side progressed with a 2-0 victory.  

Manchester City vs. CSKA Mascow

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    (Ryu Voelkel)

    James Milner and Alvaro Negredo hug it out during Manchester City's 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage in November.

     

    Ryu is intending to put together a book of photography about the 2014 World Cup, but he needs your help via Kickstarter. Find out how you can get involved here

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