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Assignment: Kingsley the world’s weirdest football mascot

Kingsley the world’s weirdest football mascot

On one of my final nights in Glasgow I shot an assignment from the German football magazine 11 Freunde. I was visiting Patrick Thistle and their unique mascot Kingsley. Patrick lost 2-1 against Aberdeen. Here is the spread they ran in the magazine.

11 Freunde feature on Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC in Glasgow, Scotland.

11 Freunde feature on Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

 

11 Freunde feature on Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC in Glasgow, Scotland.

11 Freunde feature on Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC in Glasgow, Scotland.

While below are a few of my favourite pictures from the evening.

A young Partick Thistle FC fan watches the game against Aberdeen eagerly from the stands on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

A young Partick Thistle FC fan watches the game against Aberdeen eagerly from the stands on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

During half time Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC moves around the stadium to entertain the crowd.

During half time Kingsley the mascot for Partick Thistle FC moves around the stadium to entertain the crowd.

Partick Thistle FC fans watch on eagerly in their game against Aberdeen on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Partick Thistle FC fans watch on eagerly in their game against Aberdeen on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Young Partick Thistle FC  fans watch the game against Aberdeen eagerly from the stands on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Young Partick Thistle FC fans watch the game against Aberdeen eagerly from the stands on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

As the game begins Craig Bunn is a Glaswegian Architect and father of four children takes off the Kingsley suit and watches the game from the stands. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

As the game begins Craig Bunn is a Glaswegian Architect and father of four children takes off the Kingsley suit and watches the game from the stands. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

Partick Thistle FC and Kingsley their mascot line up on the field before their match against Aberdeen on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Partick Thistle FC and Kingsley their mascot line up on the field before their match against Aberdeen on Friday 4th November 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kingsley the official mascot for Scottish Premiership football team Partick Thistle has photos with Partick FC fans before the game on Friday 4th November 2016 between Partick and Aberdeen. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

Kingsley the official mascot for Scottish Premiership football team Partick Thistle has photos with Partick FC fans before the game on Friday 4th November 2016 between Partick and Aberdeen. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

Kingsley the official mascot for Scottish Premiership football team Partick Thistle walks around the back of the stadium on Friday 4th November 2016 between Partick and Aberdeen. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

Kingsley the official mascot for Scottish Premiership football team Partick Thistle walks around the back of the stadium on Friday 4th November 2016 between Partick and Aberdeen. Artist David Shrigley created Kingsley and he was officially made the new mascot in June 2015.

 

Virgen de Zapopan procession in Guadalajara, Mexico.

On October 11th I was visiting a disadvantaged neighborhood on the outskirts of Guadalajara when I heard a peculiarly harsh sound. As we drove along the street we stopped to watch at a crossroads to take in a procession of colourfully dressed Indigenous Mexicans who walked along to the beat of a drum past onlookers. The Marist Brother I was with told me they were beginning their Virgen de Zapopan procession. The unusual loud sound was from the banging and scraping of metal on bitumen which was from the group  wearing sheets of metal strapped to their feet creating  an incredible audio backdrop to their parade.

The Virgin of Zapopan is also known as Our Lady of Expectation. The history of Zapopan goes back to 1734 when she was proclaimed Patroness against storms and lightning. Every year on October 12th the small 10″ statue of Zapopan is returned to her home church the Basilica of Zapopan. You can read all about the history here on wikipedia.

I was in Mexico continue my work on an exciting project I’ve been commissioned to work on for the Marist Institute in Rome. Staying with a community of Marist Brothers in Guadalajara we had planned to wake at 5am to join the procession but  at approximately 3am I was awoken by large cracks which I initially assumed was gunshots. The other strong sound flooding into my ears was the same scraping and clanging metal I had heard the evening before. At 3am the processions had begun and thousands of Indigenous Mexicans were walking through the streets heading towards to the Basilica.

Colourful costumes during the procession.

Walking amongst the stream of groups was amazing. The sights and the sounds were overwhelming and swiftly dealt with my early morning poorly caffeinated haze. We walked along with the crowds, moving in and out of the procession groups and others who had stopped for a break.

As sunrise started to break the groups of onlookers also begun to grow. Thousands lined the streets, most bundled up in jumpers, with their own chairs, food and beverages. I enjoyed catching moments of the crowds as we moved along, below are some of my favourite moments.

 

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

Crowds awaiting the procession of the Zapopan statue.

 

Carlos Fuegos & Felipe Torres practice their lassos as they wait for other cowboys to catch up and join them and the two million other Mexicans that formed the annual procession of the Virgin of Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Carlos Fuegos & Felipe Torres practice their lassos as they wait for other cowboys to catch up and join them and the two million other Mexicans that formed the annual procession of the Virgin of Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico.

As we walked towards the Basilica the crowds started to thicken and eventually we came to a total standstill. Taking a traditional Mexican drink (can’t remember the name) we found some shade and waited for the final procession. Quickly our little spot of solace was quickly filled with the crowds and before we knew it the Statue of Zapopan was passing us. The crowd was so thick that we had to bounce on our feet to keep above the crowd and watch the tiny 10 inch statue as it passed.

This final picture is one of my favourite from the day. A little boy sleeping with his Dad after a long morning waiting for the Zapopan statue.

One of my favourite moments of a little guy sleeping with his Dad after a long morning waiting for the Zapopan statue.

One of my favourite moments of a little boy sleeping with his Dad after a long morning waiting for the Zapopan statue.