Tag: manchester

Tag: manchester

Freelance Photography, in a time of plague

Photographers are by and large sitting on their thumbs right now. If your clients are events companies, universities, restaurants, theatres, if you shoot weddings or parties, if you’ve airline clients or tourism, I bet your phone hasn’t rung for 2 months. I’ve had emails from clients and they’ve had emails from me, but mostly we’ve […]

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The Prattle Of Trafalgar

My clients don’t prattle, but this is my blog, so I do. And I need a catchy title to draw you in. I like doing character portraits – you can always be a bit more adventurous by telling the story through lighting, and of course you’ve always got people in front of you who emote. […]

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Do Tests Matter?

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and the like all go through a sort of basic training at university, and end up with a degree that shows they’ve got the skillset to enter their field as a rookie. Once in their field they can specialise by sitting more exams – I’ve not sat any of those since […]

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Return of the Soldier

The Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester, does a great job of putting on small productions but with massive talent. My most recent commission for them was The Return of the Soldier: ‘The Return of the Soldier, by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, is a musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s remarkable novella written at the […]

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God Dame!

God Dame! Panto is a venerable yet wonderfully stupid British tradition that everyone should experience.  It’s a tough genre to excel in, straddling (haw haw) the bawdy, the fun and the absurd, and it couldn’t be better exemplified than in Eric Potts, writer, director and the grandest of dames. Here are just couple of costumes Eric […]

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Manchester Pride 2016

Pride in Manchester is when the centre of the city becomes, for one weekend, taken over by the LGBT community. It’s a great place to find a concentration of interesting and unusual looks and faces. On Saturday I took a small softbox and a portrait lens into town, and with the help of assistant Ben […]

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Four Legs Good

Four Legs Good A good amount of what I do is photographing human beings, and trying to shape light to bring out their best features. This project was about seeing how animal’s heads react to the same treatment – seeing if they look any more human… These are all animals from Wythenshawe Community Farm in […]

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Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal There’s a simplicity to powerlifting – how much can you lift, once? In front of an audience at Event City UK, the competitors enter the lifting stage – sometimes by strolling, sometimes by charging bull like – and focus all their body and soul on beating gravity’s influence on hundreds of kilos of […]

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PTs At Dawn

PTs AT DAWN A shoot with personal trainer Aaron Caton in the early morning mist. To get that sense of urgency in his expression Aaron would sprint a hundred or so metres away from the mark and back to get his heart going. The shoot was more or less an interval training session for him, […]

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