Twin City

As soon as I saw the themes for Liverpool's Look 17 International Photography Festival, I knew I had something to show, with urbanism and exchanges between China and Liverpool being at the forefront of the programme. But then commissions and life and everything else got in the way and I never got around to proposing anything so here's a glimpse of the unfinished project made during a couple of trips to Shanghai some years ago.

LightNight 2017

I've been documenting Liverpool's LightNight since the first event back in 2010 and, even with four of us documenting the evening's events, I bet we still didn't capture it all.  I  was mostly around Hope Street including both cathedrals, the University of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum, LIPA and The Philharmonic Hall amongst others and here's a few photographs from along the way.

 

 

 

Festevol 2017

I wasn't going to shoot much live music this year, apart from commissioned work, until I got a few personal projects up and running and some website changes made. Not 100% there yet but along comes Festevol in a new venue and I couldn't resist. The Invisible Wind Factory is the perfect partner for Festevol and the lineup was ace. I started off with Pink Kink and finished with The Sundowners, both being even better than the last time I saw them, but I reckon my highlights were PINS and The Orielles.  I also got to catch up with a few folk, had some Evol flashbacks whilst Kirsten was DJing, was amazed about the amount of photographers shooting gigs these days, got an idea for a new personal project and I've got a list of new music to listen to. All is good.

Sterling work and hats off to Revo and team Evol. 

De La Salle St.Helens

Just before the summer holidays, I spent a great couple of days out at De La Salle in St.Helens doing both reportage style photography alongside a studio shoot with some fantastic students.  Art direction by Nonconform. 

Bellerive

I shot prospectus photography for a few schools in the Spring Summer term of this year and this is from some ongoing commissions for Bellerive in South Liverpool.

Purple Voices

This was shot so long ago, I think I remember it was actually snowing on the day.  Liverpool school St.Edwards have released a CD and I went along to the school to document them singing as as taking a full choir portrait for the cover. Design by Nonconform.

Daniel Beech

I recently went out to Cheshire to do this portrait of chef Daniel Beech, with a horse, for a new restaurant opening at Oddfellows on the Park called The Galloping Major. I also learned how to use Bowens flash with a horse in a field and that's to start off at a distance and get closer once he's used to you. To be fair, as good as he was, he got used to the flash pretty quickly but I'm not sure he was too keen on me.

Alumni Stories

Just before the end of the summer term, I did a series of portraits for a recruitment campaign for the University of Chester, which went out across Chester and Warrington over the summer. This is part of the online version.

Trafford City

Commissioned by new client Peel Holdings, I was commissioned to shoot a library of images for Trafford City which included their business, retail and lifestyle facilities. 

VC Janet Beer

I've probably been shooting for the University of Liverpool on and off for about twenty years but a recent portrait shoot was the first time I've ever shot the Vice Chancellor.  I've also shot mostly for the various prospectus' but I've never done the cover so maybe I should make that a goal next.

RLPO new season

So Vasily Petrenko recently celebrated his 10th year as Chief Conductor for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and this photograph is from the latest shoot commissioned for the 2016-2017 brochure.

Premiere League

Love shooting fly on the wall type stuff and some recent commissions for the Premiere League were great to shoot. There was shot at a schools tournament at Everton.

John Moores Painting Prize

I recently documented the John Moores Painting Prize winner being announced but, earlier on in the year, I also did portraits for the judges onsite during the judging process.

Fostering Campaign

I recently shot some images for Liverpool City Council's fostering service, visiting around a dozen homes and shooting reportage style as families went about their day.

Uniform

Staff portraits for Liverpool based design company Uniform shot in a pop up studio at their office.

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LIMF Academy

The Liverpool International Music Festival also runs an annual Academy where three chosen artists are given the chance to record a track with Steve Levine, doing a press session with myself and also have various mentoring sessions. It's an amazing setup great to see new music constantly coming out of Liverpool. This year's artists are SuedeBrown, Lumen and Eleanor Nelly.

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