The romance of lonely goalkeepers

This mind-blowing photo series depicts the eternal love of non-league football and romance of lonely goalkeepers. Photographer Darren Luke traveled though the small towns and villages of Cornwall county of England and presents us these amazing visuals.

When we spoke to Darren, he explained, “All the photos are at matches in Cornwall, where players are there for the love of the game and the players and staff often outnumber the supporters.” As he is photographing grass-root football in the Cornish region for last eight years, he finds the romance of goalkeeping job is extra-ordinary, “I like the fact that at this level of football the landscape of the ground changes with the seasons. Although the landscapes are distinctly English there’s something universal about the goalkeeper’s mentality, spending a lot of the game as a spectator and fluctuating between concentration and mind-wandering, and they’re the same the world over. I just wonder what they’re thinking about.”

You can find all the wonderful work of Darren here.

Clicked at Boscastle – a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, UK.
The beautiful Chacewater sits in a valley between hills in Cornwall, England, UK
Falmouth is a town, civil parish and port on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
Another one capturing the beautiful non-league football scene in Falmouth.
Falmouth has a football team in the South West Peninsula Premier League, Falmouth Town F.C., estalished in 1949, who play at Bickland Park in the north-west of the small town.
The beautiful serene scene of Falmouth has been masterfully captured again depicting the lonely goalkeeper.
Photographed at Gorran Haven – an ancient fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, England, UK, lies in a cove between two sandy beaches.
This amazing scene was captured in Hayle – a small town and cargo port in west Cornwall, England, situated at the mouth of the Hayle River.
A beautiful picture from Lanner which lies in a valley with Carn Marth hill.
This remote place is situated at the west bank of the River Camel, near the small town of Padstow. Literally, football is everywhere.
Pendeen is another ecclesiastical village in Cornwall where football is deep rooted to the daily lives.
Perranwell is a Cornish village located about half way between Truro and Falmouth, hidden among the narrow lanes and Coast to Coast cycle path. Football breaths silently at this village.
This picturesque town is called Polperro – an ancient fishing harbour on the south-east Cornwall coast in the south west of England.
Praze-An-Beeble is a village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom which means “Meadow on the river Beeble”
This vivid scene is captured in picturesque Redruth, a small town in Cornwall.
Roche is a village in mid-Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village gets its name from a granite outcrop east of the village. Roche is the Norman-French word for Rock. On the southern flank of the village is the 20-metre (66-foot) high Roche Rock, a large granite outcrop.
Goalkeepers and goalposts are always subject for the romantics and couldn’t be snapped better than at Rosudgeon, a hamlet in west Cornwall.
This remote capture is perfect to show the essence of St. Just – a small town and mining center, close by is the picturesque Cape Cornwall.
St Keverne is a civil parish and village on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
This fantastic click is taken at St Mawgan in Pydar, in Cornwall.
A veteran goalkeeper is a perfect symbol for non-league football. Clcked near Stithians, Cornwall.
Can it be more surreal than a lonely goalkeeper during sunset? Picture taken at Torpoint, Cornwall.
This wonderful scene is captured in Week St Mary, a village situated close to the River Tamar in Cornwall.
A goal-keeper’s job is always thankless. Picture taken at Wendron, Cornwall.
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