prints and publications

Books and publications that my work has appeared in over the past few years.

Personal Best (book)
“Over a period of five years, award winning photographer Paul Floyd Blake regularly photographed sixteen young athletes in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. His work documents a unique time in British history, and captures the development of a generation of sports people as they grow from childhood to adulthood within the intense world of elite sport.

Blake’s restrained and subtle portraits offer an alternative to conventional sports photography with its emphasis on dramatic moments of action. Instead, his images pay tribute to the long slog towards glory that is not usually seen or celebrated, whilst excerpts from the athletes own writings offer insights into their personal hopes and fears. Blake’s approach emphasises the individual’s own story and motivations beyond the values and structures of competitive sport, as the title ‘Personal Best’ suggests. These complex portraits bear repeated viewing and will continue to reward the onlooker long after London 2012 is over”.