I’ve been interested in photography as a hobby since the late 1970's and have gradually progressed with the purchase of more varied equipment and of course moved from film photography to digital. I have used Canon equipment for some time as I’ve always found the quality and extensiveness of choice compelling and the control and screen layout logical and clear. Maybe the day will come when my hobby transforms into something more but in the meantime I just want to continue learning and enjoying my photography and taking on work as time permits.
My photography has had to fit in and amongst my working life which is a far less creative outlet and so family and travel photography dominated for a time. More recently I have been exploring performance photography and thanks to the the generous access given by Joe McElderry and his management you will find examples of his concerts throughout this portfolio.
Alongside this interest in the tricky area of concert photography I also take rehearsal shots for my local Thespians group and enjoy the variety this offers and the challenges this can also bring.
In 2014 I was approached by the painter Ann Seabourne to capture images of her paintings and also to photograph the painter herself and her nephew, composer Peter Seabourne, in their working environments. They were collaborating on a project that combined music and visual art to interpret the Alhambra Palace, Granada. This involved using different techniques and resulted in my photographs being used for the CD/brochure, the artists' book and also for projection during a live performance at the Leeds University Festival of Contemporary Arts in June 2014.
I continued to increase my experience of live concert photography in 2014 by capturing shots of Joe McElderry on his 'Set Your Soul Alive' tour. This resulted in range of shots of the action, lights, band and of course - Joe! I'm pleased to say some of these found their way into the special 'Joe McElderry Unwrapped' programme for the 'Driving Home for Christmas' concerts - a fitting pictorial record of a great year.
Check out the galleries to see the results.
My involvement with the Huddersfield Thespians continues through the current season and examples from the rehearsals can be found in my galleries.
This year brings another tour by Joe McElderry and although I won't make all the dates I'm looking forward to capturing the energy of the shows in a variety of venues across the UK. His 'Evolution' tour kicked off at Customs House, South Shields on the 21st February - check out the new gallery to see how the tour progresses! Remember to check the B&W gallery too, as updates continue to be made there as well.
I believe it's important that photographs are seen and not hidden away on a memory card, so it is great to see some more examples included in his 'Evolution Tour 2015' programme .
In January I was asked by James Sykes (Jimbo Productions) to take rehearsal shots and head shots for 'Yorkshire Mixtures 3', and a separate gallery covers them.
Another new season for Huddersfield Thespians and I've continued to take rehearsal photos and head shots for use in the programmes and in-theatre advertising. This year the Thespians also marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare by staging classic scenes in live performances taking place at various locations in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield. The updated Thespians gallery contains the poster shots I took to promote the evenings in the park.
In September I was very excited to have the opportunity to photograph the catwalk shows at the London Fashion Weekend. The event is arranged by the London Fashion Council and this year took place at the Saatchi Gallery. Canon had availability on the photographic experiences they provided and I was pleased to be able to get a space alongside the other photographers. Although this type of photography was totally new to me I'm pleased to have taken up the challenge and enjoyed the time immensely!