Awesome show at the Kazimier, contender for gig of the year for sure. Great support from Metro Manila Aide, HorseB**tard, Swine lord. I cannot urge you enough to catch a date on this tour. The riffs are plentiful. Rest of the tour dates over here.
Enter Shikari are simply one of the most incendiary live acts I’ve ever seen. Amazing support from Baby Godzilla and Hacktivist too. All held in the rather unusual venue of the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton. Unusual it maybe, but they pulled it off big time. Great sound, great production, great staff, great beer, great night. If only more bands would tread off the beaten path more often.
So a quick catchup, January started with Bill and February starred my new son. Things being a bit crazy is an understatement.
I worked with Crass Routes on their “Out the Bag” activity, journeying around Liverpool creating a giant sleeping bag and allowing participants a journey to grow in recovery and engage creatively with a wider public.
I was back at LJMU shooting some portraits for their marketing campaigns. I also got to visit Everton training ground, Finch Farm, photographing some of the students who have had amazing intern placements. I got to sit in on some presentations by the interns who research a whole range of factors relating to scouting new players. Really as a football fan it was incredibly interesting, so much more goes on at training facilities than running around cones and kicking balls.
I also got to visit the newly launched Exhibition Research Centre, a new exhibition space relating to exhibitions themselves. The first exhibition, Photographs of Openings 1974–5 by Jacques Charlier, chronicles the cutting-edge art scene in Belgium, Germany and Holland between 1974 and 1975.
Conceived as art works, the photographs also serve as an invaluable record of a decisive moment in the development of conceptual art in Europe, capturing fleeting exchanges between artists, collectors, curators and writers including Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Hanne Darboven, Catherine Millet and Fernand Spillemaeckers, among many others.
I was lucky enough to meet and photograph Jacques Charlier at the event. Whilst the exhibition is now closed, more exhibitions are emerging in the space with CS Leighs ‘In Camera’. It takes the viewer on a sonic and visual journey across CS Leigh’s explorations from the early 1990s to the present, as he curated a series of radical exhibitions and produced films with stars of screen and music such as Beatrice Dalle and Cat Power.
I’m currently in a big project with uni alongside some other great new campaigns so keep your eyes open for them in the next few weeks.
Thanks for reading.
Back in early January, I nipped over to see Conan as they were overseeing the building of their own studio here on the Wirral. The place is going to be amazing and I know Jon is really excited about providing a new recording space for great bands.
I also quickly shot the cover of their new split EP with Bongripper from the US. It also happened to be the first snow of the year.
Long absence, I know. More about that over the next week (we had a new baby!).
It was great to see Bill Ryder Jones play his first hometown show last night, the amazing Delta Maid supported (she’s written the current US Number 1 in the country chart!). Haven’t been to a show in a long time but have been working with Bill over the past few months on his press kit. It was fantastic to finally see his new album getting performed live, within the stunning Camp and Furnace, Liverpool. Here’s a bit of a sneak peek from the show…
Delighted to be asked to go and shoot a few bits and pieces for the It’s Liverpool campaign promoting the city, across the UK. I had a wonderfully loose brief to go capture some of Lark Lane, Liverpool’s hub for students, creatives and a vast array of weird and wonderful characters. Sadly my day was hampered with rain but it was still great fun meeting various folks and seeing some of the eclectic mix of independent retail, restaurants and watering holes.
Peter and Joan (above) were especially friendly and fountains of knowledge, regularly just “jumping in the car and coming down to chill out” at the famous ‘Keith’s’. I’m going to go back in the summer and hang out a bit more, you could spend a lot of time there just chatting with random friendly’s. Brill place.
Before Christmas I journeyed up to Rhyl for Artist and Illustrator magazine to shoot ‘Britains best selling artist’ Kerry Darlington. Her work is magnificent, colourful, vibrant, imaginative, really wonderful stuff. I shot a few pictures for a feature, but it ended up going straight on the cover with a 5 page feature inside, much to my delight. Well done Kerry! You can check her work out here and she’s in Rennies on Bold St, Liverpool this Friday.
The website for Fairfield Independent hospital has gone live over at http://fairfield.org.uk/ – It features a MASSIVE overhaul design wise and a ton of new photography which I was lucky enough to shoot. The team down there were fantastically welcoming, really co-operative. TIGHT scheduling – thanks Kerryn for lugging my gear into operating theatres in and out in a flash! Beautiful place with fantastic facilities.
I shot a quick dirty iPhone panoramic in the OR :)
I first met the Mocha gang on a video shoot earlier in the year (I never did blog that actually, will sort out for the new website), I was shooting behind the scenes stills and I was lucky enough to get asked by them to shoot their Christmas card this year alongside amazingly talented set designers Strange Case Collective and stylist Kerryn Grady. It was shot in the utterly amazing location of High Park Street reservoir. No lights, no power, water dripping from every point and the cold, oh the cold ;)
Everyone was awesome though and Mocha nailed the location and hooked us all up with lots of goodies and lighting :) Good team effort all round.