English photographer Miles Myerscough-Harris is hopping with excitement to get his first taste of live Guinness Six Nations action.
The 30-year-old from Oxfordshire has been tasked with taking original snaps of England’s encounter with Italy on Sunday using his extensive collection of classic film cameras.
Myerscough-Harris, son of BBC radio presenter Bob Harris, has over 1.6 million followers on his Expired Film Club TikTok and over 317,000 on his Instagram account, where he posts his view of the world through a vintage lens.
One day he logged onto his account and was met with a pleasant surprise.
“When I got a DM on Instagram from Guinness Six Nations, instantly I was like, oh my god, this is extremely cool. It was a no brainer for me to say yes.
“Being at Twickenham and watching England is going to be absolutely amazing.
“It’s an honour for the Six Nations to reach out and I can’t wait to get down to the stadium. I’m very excited. It’s one of my favourite things to do in my spare time.
“It’s not my first rugby game but definitely my first Guinness Six Nations game so very excited about that.”
Shooting live sports events is one of Myerscough-Harris’ favourite pastimes, and photography in general has been an obsession ever since he could walk.
“It’s been a lifelong passion,” insisted Myerscough-Harris. “For as long as I can remember I’ve literally always wanted to have a camera in my hand.
“We found some old home videos recently of me when I was two or three years old and the only thing I wanted to do was grab the video camera off my parents and film stuff myself.
“With my dad being a radio presenter for years, live music was really where I cut my teeth as a photographer, live sessions, concerts and stuff like that.
“I always had film cameras in my arsenal, but I didn’t use them as much as I would have liked.
“Then the pandemic hit and the music industry ground to a halt and I took it as an opportunity to dive back into film photography.”
By combining their passions of rugby and content creation, the Guinness Six Nations creators will look to bring the Championship to new audiences online and bring the matches alive in new ways.
The filmmaker and sound engineer will take his Canon F-1, Pentax 6×7, a polaroid and 3D film camera to bank a wide range of shots, with the express aim of distilling the emotion and fervour of a Guinness Six Nations match onto cellulose.
Myerscough-Harris said: “I think one of the things I’ll be concentrating on before and after the game is capturing the atmosphere of the crowd, getting in and amongst the fans and capturing the vibe.
“Then during the game itself I’m trying to capture things from a slightly alternative perspective.
“I’ll be using these old vintage cameras which lend themselves to that old school aesthetic.
“So I’m going to be trying to catch some of the expressions on the players’ faces and then turning round to face the crowd and getting their reaction too.”
You can follow Expired Film Club on TikTok here (@expiredfilmclub), his Instagram here (@expired_film_club) and his production company WholeHog Media here (@wholehogmedia)