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  1. 2018 so far…

    Date 09 Aug 2018
    This year has been the most random yet - with as varied a selection of photography assignments as I can remember. In this post, I’ll be selecting a few of my favourite jobs and images from the year so far 2018 started with a trip up to my old stomping…

  2. Flash Bang Wallop!

    Date 30 Apr 2018
    In 2017, I photographed an event at HOME Mcr called Stories From The Seat. Devised by Pete Marshall (drummer with Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, among others), it was a discussion and demonstration by and for drummers. Mark Radcliffe (himself no slouch behind a kit) chaired, and Pete, Mike…

  3. Shooting Up North 2017

    Date 19 Dec 2017
    Tony Bennett, Bridgewater Hall Liam Gallagher, The Ritz The Charlatans, O2 Apollo Louise Wener, Sleeper Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl Martin Coogan Skerryvore, The Met, Bury The Primitives, Manchester Academy Ian McKellen, PHM Danny Boyle, HOME Mcr Michael Palin, Manchester Animation Festival Armando Ianiucci, HOME Mcr Stories From The Seat, promo…

  4. MIF17 - Dinner Party At The End Of The World: Gallery

    Date 09 Sep 2017
    I didn’t actually taste any of the food at Mary-Ellen’s thought-provoking event for MIF2017, so I’ll let someone else tell you all about it. Suffice to say, the lighting was dark, atmospheric and, in places, absolutely beautiful. The starting table setting in particular was a joy to photograph. And check…

  5. Chuffing brilliant

    Date 14 Jan 2016
    I spent an afternoon on the legendary Flying Scotsman, taking photographs for a piece in Northern Soul. Loved it. Cold though - and long. Seems these older trains take a while to turn round, and to fill up with water. The journey from Bury to Rawtenstall and back (just over twenty miles) took…

  6. 2015 Events

    Date 18 Nov 2015
    As the end of 2015 approaches, I’ve decided to set aside a few hours to update the website - radical, I know. I’m currently sifting through a whole load of images from all the events and PR shoots from a busy year, so I thought I’d get a few of…

  7. Wedding season

    Date 31 Aug 2015
    Couple of lovely weddings in the past month - one at Sefton Palm House outside Liverpool, and the other at the stunning Midland Hotel in Morecambe. Thanks to Vicky & Carl, and Laura & Joe. Looking forward to some more weddings in 2016!

  8. Getting Sporty

    Date 31 Aug 2015
    This summer also meant I got some extra exercise shooting the Great Manchester Cycle in the middle of Manchester and the Junior Manchester Run in Heaton Park. Both had their moments weather-wise, but were also great fun - and inspiring. It was a particular pleasure to meet young Jack Johnson -…

  9. Summer event galleries

    Date 31 Aug 2015
    Well, there has been no shortage of amazing events in the North West over the summer. Just updating my website, I realised that some might work better in an extended gallery format, so I’ve pulled together a few of the events I’ve had the pleasure of photographing over the past few months. Highlights for…

  10. Farewell Cornerhouse…

    Date 12 Apr 2015
    I seem to have spent more time at Cornerhouse in 2014/15 than when I was working there full-time! Here’s a gallery of a few of my favourite shots from the past twelve months - and if you didn’t catch my article in Northern Soul, you can find it here. It’s a…

  11. Smorgasbord

    Date 16 Mar 2015
    Here’s a platter of shots from the past year or so, of delicious food, beautiful produce and some of the best chefs in the North West. Aiden Byrne Mary-Ellen McTague Glen Duckett

  12. Getting crafty…

    Date 29 Jan 2015
    I recently spent a few days photographing some of the makers’ work at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The sheer range of incredible creations was inspiring, and it was quite daunting, knowing I really did have to do justice to the time, precision and expertise which had been spent on…

  13. Playtime

    Date 10 Jan 2015
    “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” - Arnold J. Toynbee “The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton “If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you…

  14. Chaos to Order - Everything Everything take over Central Library

    Date 28 Nov 2014
    I didn’t know what to expect for the finale of Everything Everything’s residency at Central Library. Described on Wikipedia as an art rock band (whatever that means - they use long words? They use time signatures other than 4/4? Their instruments are covered in oil paints?), I was intrigued. They…

  15. Photographing the pretty…

    Date 18 Nov 2014
    The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is now an intrinsic part of the craft scene in the North of England, and beyond. Established in 2007 by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann, the annual event gives designer makers an opportunity to showcase their work, establish contacts and engage with collectors. The…

  16. Danny Boyle comes Home

    Date 15 Sep 2014
    Having worked at Cornerhouse for over a decade (variously as usher, box office manager, and quizmaster) I’ve been itching to see how the new HOME Manchester build is getting on. So when I was asked to photograph HOME patron Danny Boyle’s visit to the site, I was only too happy…

  17. Hotel Football

    Date 15 Sep 2014
    Nice wee job the other day - met some of the staff of Hotel Football in Castlefield for a quick shoot. A pleasure to work with, and really up for some less formal set-ups. Looking forward to seeing what the finished hotel looks like, when it opens near Old Trafford…

  18. Come Home: James at Castlefield Bowl

    Date 18 Jul 2014
    First time I saw James live was at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 1992. They played an acoustic gig just before “Laid” was released. I’ve seen them perform live a few times since then (last time was at the Bridgewater Hall in 2011 - the version of ”The Lake” from…

  19. Great Manchester Cycle

    Date 01 Jul 2014
    Alarm went off at 6am and by 7am I’d already cycled 6 miles. So started a day of photographing at the Great Manchester Cycle. A few celeb PR shots, alongside some other sponsor-based shots, but mainly it was about capturing the spirit of the day. Young and old, fit and…

  20. Paolo Nutini at Manchester Apollo

    Date 17 Jun 2014
    Not much to say about this gig, apart from the fact that Nutini is utterly compelling and that, combined with some quite beautiful lighting at The Apollo, made it a real pleasure to photograph.

  21. De La Soul at Manchester Academy

    Date 03 May 2014
    I photographed De La Soul last night. Thought they were onstage at 9pm, but when I arrived I was informed that they weren’t on until 9.30pm. As it turned out, they didn’t actually start until 10pm. Not happy. However, you can’t stay angry with De La Soul for too long…

  22. George Clinton and P-Funk at The Ritz

    Date 30 Apr 2014
    Aw man. This band. Just incredible. George wandered around like he owned the joint (tonight, he did) but like a benevolent bandleader he focused attention to what the band were doing. If there was a bass solo, he would invite the crowd to watch and listen, never pulling focus. Often…

  23. Elbow storm the Arena

    Date 25 Apr 2014
    I’ve wanted to snap Elbow for ages. They didn’t disappoint. An extended stage cut the pit in half, so about 15 photographers had to cram into an area not much bigger than a car parking space, but as Garvey was walking up and down the walkway (or “vanity thrust” as…

  24. 3 Minute Wonders

    Date 23 Apr 2014
    I posted this at the beginning of March, when Prince was being a cheeky wee trickster and a bunch of kids were blowing the roof off Academy 2… While the Purple Pixie was generating mild hysteria and generally yanking Manchester’s chain for a week, there were actually other gigs going…

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