Down The Dogs

Matt Dickinson at The Times features the demise of Wimbledon greyhound stadium in his column today: “Greyhound fraternity refuses to be muzzled” (subscription required).

I’m glad we managed to place the film I shot with my sidekick Leo Williams last year with Matt’s piece.

While I was in sixth form I scored a job  at Wimbledon stadium. I shot and recorded the races for the replays. I spent all the money I earned on records which are now in boxes in my parents garage, but I remain fond of the old place. The first professional photographer I ever met was David Poole he was the guy who shot the winners and owners on the podium.

Wimbledon is the last remaining dog track in London. Hopefully it will see some investment and will remain.

You can see my film on my site in the Motion section, or here on Vimeo.

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About Gray Hughes photographer

Gray Hughes grew up in southwest London but has always had strong connections to the USA. He has spent many summers on road trips, visiting family in California. In his early twenties he moved to New York and assisted various fashion photographers before returning to London to shoot editorial sports and lifestyle. He soon graduated into shooting commercially for brands including Coca-Cola, Asics, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Powerade. Gray has always loved film and music – his mother exposed him to Hitchcock at an inappropriately young age. As a young teen he used to record music demos on a four track recorder. Then in 2001 he took a break from photography to pursue a career in music, remixing dance music for four years before returning to his first love, photography. Gray’s personal projects have taken him to cowboy country in Montana, USA as well as Rio de Janeiro and more recently, around the grassroots rugby clubs of Britain. His film, ‘Heartland’ was a finalist in the 2015 AOP awards, with the accompanying photographs featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. He directed his first commercial for Glamorgan Brewing Company in 2015 and then subsequently joined Ridley Scott Associates where he was added to the photgraphy and moving image roster, he is on an indenpendent arrangement while he grows his show-reel so is free to collaborate with other production companies. So far this year he has directed films for Reebok and Standard Life and has shot a global advertising campaign for Vodafone.

One comment

  1. I love the film it sums up the entire experience, fast, rough, fun, brutal and lots of money moving around.
    Not really about the dogs.

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