Ready For The Close-up

STENCIL travelled to Birmingham to shoot the cover of the Spring issue of Beyond The Boundaries, the members’ magazine of the Professional Cricketers’ Association

With a reputation as a bit of an England Ashes fortress, Edgbaston, like most cricket grounds, isn’t much to look at on a wintery February morning.

With the players dressing room area – within this blank canvas of a place – down to get the studio treatment in search of a cover image for longstanding print client the Professional Cricketers’ Association, it meant an early start ahead of a lunchtime appointment.

With future cricket stars the subject matter – in attendance as part of the players’ union body’s education programme – it was an opportunity to acquaint the wider membership with a sample of those to watch out for in 2018. As well as our chance to inject some youthful vigour into the 74-page biannual title.