Barnsley for The New York Times

This weekend the New York Times sent me to Oakwell Stadium for a feature on Mick Dean, the referee for the evening's match between home side Barnsley and Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

I started off well within my comfort zone – stalking the waiting fans and playing with the little light still available – before having to learn how to shoot my first football match.

The pictures accompanied an interesting and balanced article by Rory Smith that you can read here: