The Voyeurs Manchester Night & Day 15th August 2014

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

The Voyeurs, backstage portrait at  Night and Day, Manchester, 15th August 2014

The Voyeurs, backstage portrait at Night and Day, Manchester, 15th August 2014

The Voyeurs ( aka Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs), Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, 15th August 2014

The Voyeurs, Manchester, 15th August 2014

The Voyeurs ( aka Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs), Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, 15th August 2014

The Voyeurs, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, 15th August 2014


Portrait in Ex-25 Newcastle College Photography Exhibition

I was delighted to be asked to submit a photograph to an exhibition at Newcastle College celebrating the work  ex students who have gone on to work as photographers. It feels so good to be included with  such illustrious photographers.

This portrait of So What Robot was chosen

Photo by David Wala

I was so happy that some of them came down to see their image and support me at the opening ( picture below)

Photo by David Wala

More information about the exhibition can be found here:

The exhibition ends on 27 January please check the links above for further information

Never Play It Safe Safe – Symphonic Pictures Promo Shots – Spaghetti, Pancakes, Rats, Soup, and Other Shenanigans

Back in May 2011 it was a privilege to have Symphonic Pictures play their first gig at my Instamatic for the People exhibition opening. Therefore I was happy to be involved with doing the photography for their first set of  press photographs.

When Johnny from the band contacted me with the idea/inspiration for the shots my first thoughts was that they would make an impact and I loved that they were not playing it safe.

It took a few weeks for the band to assemble props, to which I also contributed. We used a painted a  background and tried to emulate the lighting of 1960s shoot by at times using just the modelling lights and other times flash. It was also an opportunity for me to shot with my medium format Mamiya RZ67 camera, and use some hard to find  expired Agfa portrait film which I had saved for something special. The subdued colours also helped to give that retro feel to the images.

The shoot took 5 hours and we tried to pay attention to detail for each individual portrait. It was testament it was a relaxed atmosphere throughout and that we all committed to getting the exact images that we originally envisioned.

The images were then given to Paul Burgess Graphic Design to work his genius the lettering and finishing touches

I have to say it has been so amazing working with such a creative bunch of people.


Thank you




Bridie Jackson and the Arbour Album Launch at Gateshead Sage Live Video

Back in January I filmed the Bridie Jackson and the Arbour gig to launch their debut album Bitter Lullabies. This was a sold out gig at Gateshead Sage

It was a real challenge there was four of us filming the gig with  five cameras. This was first big live shoot that I have done, but I feel our research and preparation helped give us some excellent footage. We also came down early and filmed some of the soundcheck.

Some of the results can be found here:

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For my first attempt at filming an entire gig I am happy with the results – but know I can keep improving.

As with any video shoot, it is the editing that can take up your time. However there is one advantage when I saw Bridie play at The Central Bar in Gateshead I know all the songs word for word.

Evolution Festival 2012 Launch

This morning to the launch for this years Evolution Festival – it is so cool  that we have a major music festival right on the banks of The Tyne.

I took a few images including the super talented  Lulu James who is on this year’s bill











I am especially looking forward to seeing Maximo Park  who I photographed in 2011 for the NME



Some Publicity About My Instamatic for the People Book for Charity

So happy to get some recognition from a photography website about my Instamtic for the People book and project.

I have dedicated so much time and effort to this project because I believed in it ,and in the process overcoming and deflecting doubts. It was heartwarming to get so much positive feedback since the exhibition.

Every penny of profit goes to Teenage Cancer Trust – and even better for me all the order fulfilment is done by the printers and all the money goes direct to the charity…..  I am relieved my work on this book  is done

To read the article visit Choose Film

Choose FIlm Instamatic for the People book

Instamatic for the People Book - All profits to Teenage Cancer Trust

The link to the book

Rather Be Doing Stuff Than Regret Not Doing It – Detroit Social Club Water Rats London

On the spur of the moment last Friday night I decided that I would go and see Detroit Social Club on the following night in London – it is always great to see a band based in Newcastle playing in London.

This was not a commission by anyone just done it for fun and to see a band that I had recently worked with play a gig in London. It was one of the best gigs that I have seen –  it was a night when the stars were aligned to create a really special  gig the band, music, audience, and the venue were all in the zone.

It pays to be spontaneous and do things just because it is good for the soul.. no other reason needed.

David Burn Detroit Social Club Water Rats 5 March 2011

David Burn and fan Water Rats London

David Burn Detroit Social Club Water Rats 5 March 2011

David Burn Detroit Social Club Water Rats London in London