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Que Sera Sera documents a year long FA Cup campaign across England with full access to the stadiums throughout the competition, providing a looking glass in which to view the modern game beyond the glitz and glamour. The series is now being turned into a photo-book with a kickstarter campaign in collaboration with renowned documentary publishers Bluecoat Press. It’s currently live with only a days to go to make it a reality – kickstarter.com/projects/queserasera/que-sera-sera/
The FA Cup is one of Britain’s greatest sporting institutions. With a history stretching back to 1871, it is the oldest football competition in the world and still possesses huge cachet for players and supporters alike. Photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili saw the FA Cup as an opportunity to reverse the camera and capture fan culture from the top teams down to the grassroots, taking you on a footballing right of passage from the perspective of the fans.
Que Sera Sera tracks the campaign beginning in mid August during the extra preliminary rounds, a few miles down the road from Wembley stadium. Following each winner into the next round, the two photographers travelled a combined total of more than 3,000 miles over 10 months, taking in 13 rounds and 15 games (including two replays), returning full circle back to Wembley for the final. Uniting every fan across the country during each round you can hear a hopeful yet resigned chant reverberating around the terraces ‘Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see.’
The series of images build up to provide an anthropological look into Britain’s obsession with football, at every level of the game. It questions whether the country’s preeminent domestic cup competition still retains it’s magic, in the light of competition from top flight football leagues and the European cup competitions.