Bongo’s Bingo takes over a warehouse in the North Docks in Liverpool for a 6 night 3 year anniversary. Kelis is headlining, Jonny Bongo is calling out the numbers, they’re chanting dickhead at anybody who puts in a false claim and a woman just won 5k+ in cash whilst there’s others seemingly just as happy with a stuffed Unicorn or a couple of boxes of Coco Pops. Happy Birthday Bongo!
Dinner for two with a nice view? 69!
It’s 2018 and LightNight number 8 has happened. It’s Liverpool’s one night arts festival and it just keeps getting bigger and better. I love photographing it but it’s also a bit rubbish as I don’t get to see the rest of it and there’s a silly amount on across tons of venues. And if you missed out this year, make sure you put May 19th in your diary for 2019.
Ace to see that the Museum of Liverpool steps have now been finished/opened and we have a great new view of the waterfront. Also good to get out and do some photography with the Fuji GFX. I’ve had it for about a year now and I seem to have done a lot of portrait work with it but looking forward to using it more on some upcoming architecture and interiors based commissions.
There’s a new exhibition just opened in Liverpool called Double Fantasy - John & Yoko and it’s just a bit amazing as it tells the story of the couple from their meeting in 1966 right through to the tragic end in 1980. It’s on for nearly a year and packed with some fantastic pieces and enough words, music and film to keep you occupied for a long visit. Oh and I got photograph Yoko again which is always a pleasure.
I shoot a lot of staff portraits with either a pop-up studio setup or a more natural fly on the wall/documentary style in ambient light. This one, shot in a more formal style was part of some ongoing work for the Management School at University of Liverpool.
I do a lot of education based photography, from primary through to university level, and recently spent a few days at an incredible school called St.Christopher down in Letchworth. As well as the usual prospectus based photography across the full curriculum, I also covered the school’s amazing annual Recycled Fashion Show which raises money for Amnesty International. The show was judged by industry leaders from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein and pupils from six schools took part in this year’s event. With a popup studio setup in the dance studio, I took a quick photograph of each of the students before heading out to catch the end of the show and the announcement of the winner who you can see at the end of this gallery. Too many good outfits too choose from so I’ll just have to let you see them all.
April means a new season launch for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the new brochure features chief conductor Vasily Petrenko on the cover. The brochure also features lots of new work shot over the last year or so including this image of Ensemble 10/10 taken at St.George’s Hall.
At the start of the new year, like every other January ever, I thought I’d give my website a bit of an update. Maybe change a few things and add some new work. Then I noticed a thing or two I did’t like so, two months down the line, and I’m finally ready with a new one all together. I’ve been trying to bring my archive into my portfolio site and there’ll be a lot more to be added to that section over the coming months. Likewise, I’ve let my Rivercool blog grind to a halt and from now on I’ll be posting everything on here. Lots more to come. Hope you enjoy.
By the way, this photograph has nothing to do with anything yet, though it may appear in an archive gallery at some point. It’s just an old photograph taken in Liverpool one Sunday morning when I was waiting for a train at Lime Street.
Copyright © Mark McNulty, 2018.