Playtime

“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 need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” - Kanye West

In November, I did a shoot for the final Cornerhouse exhibition, Playtime - inspired by the wonderful Jacques Tati, and his 1967 film of the same name. The shoot was directed by Cornerhouse’s Bren O’Callaghan, who came armed with a whole bunch of props. With the immensely talented (and bendy) Joshua Hubbard, we spent a ridiculously enjoyable afternoon leaping, stretching, posing and tumbling around Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, armed with an umbrella, briefcase, bubbles, ribbons and a skipping rope. You can see some of the other images featured in the last ever Cornerhouse brochure - here are a few which weren’t used. And if you can spot which photo needed extensive photoshopping due to a ripped gusset, then you win a prize*.

* there is no prize

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