Please find some of my work from 2016 – it’s been a great year I have seen some of my favourite bands and we are only two months into the year.
Two posts in quick succession – I am attempting to keep this updated more frequently
So far this month I have had work published in Classic Rock Prog, NME, and Music Week.
I went up to Edinburgh to do a shoot with North Atlantic Oscillation, which was so much fun. I am so proud that the images are featured on a full page.
A portrait of the Voyeurs is in the current issue of the NME – they are a great band and supported my A A D project – I am thrilled that it accompanies such a positive review of their new album Rhubarb Rhubarb.
I am a lucky omen or just fortunate enough to work with super talented bands as my picture accompanies another super positive review of the new Gandalf’s Fist album A Forest Of Fey.
There also some shots of Anathema from their gig in Glasgow. Also some images of music industry figures in last week,s Music Week
I am so grateful of these opportunities and I am always keeping on keeping on
It was so great to catch up with The Voyeurs ( previously Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs).
Although the band were delayed on the motorway getting to the gig , they still found the time to do some photographs with me after their soundcheck.
Here are three portraits done before the gig – one of which included me standing on top of chair which in turn was on top of a table. I think it was worth it. Looking forward to seeing them again later in the year
I feel I should be updating my blog more since the turn of the year. Instead I have made a slide show of my music photography so far.
For me it has been an outstanding year for music, and I have seen some of my favourite and feel privileged to have photographed some of them.
I have also filmed four music videos in 2014, with more to follow before the end of the year
Thanks again to Goy Boy McIlroy for permission to use their song The Actor – which I have used to go with the slide show
I am extremely thankful that I have been very busy this year taking photographs and making videos. So unfortunately I have neglected this blog , to keep things fresh I am adding a few of my images that remind me of summer.
It has been a busy beginning to 2014. I have worked on magazine assignments, photo shoots, live shows and videos.
Here is a composite image of Peculiar Disco Moves from a shoot in February
First I am going to do my best to make time for my blog. I am giving myself 10 minutes to write this and add a few pictures – the less time you have to think the more you will write from the heart. Sometimes it is the same when you are doing a photo shoot you can sometimes capture the character of someone in five minutes.
I see that my previous post was about my A A D exhibition and it was extended until the end of January and I have took down all the images – which are now on the floor in a corner of my studio. The project was fun but putting the exhibition together took a lot out of me and other people – I feel after much soul searching that it was worthwhile . I know I made some new friends and produced some interesting images. Also it is a personal project and it was good for the soul. I am going to continue with the project but first I need to repair the Hasselblad 500 I was using – if anyone can get my viewfinder repaired please get in touch.
So far in 2014 I have photographed and seen some of my favourite bands/artists Adam Green, Obits, and Maximo Park. Also I was super proud to be commissioned to shot Maximo Park for t In The Studio piece which appeared in the NME in January. had to keep it a secret since I took the pictures at the beginning of December.
Looking ahead it is shaping up to be a great year already looking forward to gigs in the coming week by The Orwells, Toy, Radkey, Drenge and others
I am also continuing with my Instamatic for the People project of instant print pictures. Adam Green as part of my Instamatic for the People project
For nearly two years I have worked on a project called A A D. A project all shot with a medium format analogue ( Hasselblad) camera with the subjects taking the photograph with a cable release. I have a photographed touring and bands from the North East including Howler, Hooded Fang, Art Brut, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs.
There will be an opening on Wednesday from 6:30pm at The Cluny in Newcastle and a free gig featuring So What Robot, Retriever, and an acoustic set by The Union Choir – please come down. For more information please see the Facebook Event. I also have a Kickstarter campaign with some unique rewards from the exhibition.
I finally managed to get a vinyl copy of the latest Hooded Fang album Gravez, as well as catch up with the band after doing a shoot with them last year. I took some portraits with my Instax camera – great band great people. For more shots from the gig click on the image below
The portrait project I started last year and have mentioned in earlier posts is starting to take shape.
I have tentatively titled it AAD ( Analogue Analogue Digital) just like on the back of CDs. Analogue for the type of camera, Analogue for the developing process, and Digital for the printing.
Sometimes I wonder why I am doing this on film – but the only answer is that I enjoy shooting with film and still get excited to see the results when the negatives are printed. Also I think that subconsciously the subjects may have more time and interest in film camera rather than with the immediacy and sometimes clinical nature of digital ( although I shoot digitally most of the time).
Here are two of the latest contact sheets:
So What Robot shot with a Mamiya RZ 67 camera with transparency film. These were taken after a more structured shoot in my studio in June 2012 ( I have just got the film processed yesterday – after an admin error…)
Gallery Circus shot at Think Tank Newcastle before their gig on 22 February. Shot with a Hasselblad 500 on Kodak Portra film
A big thank you to all the bands that have taken part so far. More info can be found on my website in the AAD Gallery
I must say it is good for the soul to be doing this personal project