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.
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.
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.
I've just given a much needed update to my site with loads of new content, a couple more ongoing projects added and a few other changes here and there including a couple of archive galleries being added ahead of a fully blown archive site which I'm hoping to launch before summer. As per usual, my work's been very varied during the first few months of 2017 which has seen me documenting the day to day goings on at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral during it's 50th year, lots of commercial interiors projects, some nice music commissions including my ongoing work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a few foodie type shoots, a golf club, a gallery installation or two including the Open Eye's big birthday and the fantastic current show at FACT, an hilarious campaign shoot with the Everyman Theatre's new rep company and I've even left a bit of time to start on a series of new personal projects. More on them soon. Next thing I've got to do is to work out how to start blogging again. Watch this space or this one.....Rivercool.
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.
I recently shot this road safety campaign, for Liverpool City Council, which is now being rolled out across the city.
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.
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.
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.
Another recent shoot for University of Liverpool and this times it's the Management School director Professor Julia Balogun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've been doing lots of work with University of Chester recently, both portrait and lifestyle, and these are from a recent prospectus shoot.
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.
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.
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.
Staff portraits for Liverpool based design company Uniform shot in a pop up studio at their office.
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.