This is actually from earlier on in the year but I just came across it whilst doing a late edit! I've also just been editing metadata as I didn't seem to have the right calendar setting on my camera. And when I looked into it I found that one of my previous compact cameras only ever took photographs in the year 2020.
Capital Of Pop Culture is the working title of the book about my 20 years photographing the music scene in Liverpool. The book was originally going be a self published affair but I've now had an offer from an external publishers who are going to publish it and can still make that happen this year! I'll let you know more when I've got the details after meeting up with them and the designers next week. Current mood : Very Excited! This photograph is of Travis and was taken in The Zanzibar after they'd played an acoustic gig there to promote their first album. The album wasn't a success first time around but was re-released, with a photograph of mine on the cover, when they made it big with their 2nd album.
Last night saw Merseyside ACME celebrate their 10th birthday with a great event at Room on Old Hall Street. ACME exists to support and nurture the creative industries on Merseyside and has helped me many times over the year including supporting the Eighthundred project last year. For the birthday, I was commissioned to produce 10 portraits to be displayed on the night and in a brochure. This one is of Nina and Claire from Nook & Willow.
The new Liverpool.com magazine, as well as having the jump shoot in it, had a feature about the city's 'bright young things'. Whilst some are stretching the use of the wrd 'young', they're defo all bright enough. One was Impact's Kate Smith who I'm including here as they never used this photo in the piece. And I wanted to point out that I did the pics as there wasn't a credit on the article! Others include the singer Alice Klar, design agency Black & Ginger, furniture designer Anna Lockwood and photographer Helen Palmer.
Whilst the north end of Liverpool's take on hip hop culture rarely stretches beyond the odd deluded youth wandering around The Strand in a Snoop Dog t-shirt, that all changed on Friday when Crosby's Almiro Gallery hosted it's first non commercial exhibition as part of a new programme for Capital Of Culture. The show was produced by Liverpool's Zap Graffiti arts and runs until Feb 15th. Not exactly groundbreaking but nice to see something out in Crosby with an edge. And a bit further down the road is this other nice little piece of Americana decor. It's a Stateside obsessed house and now I want to see inside!
For the non Beatles fans out there this blog's header is a lyric from Ringo Starr's mid 70's hit Photograph, a tune he sang at a CBS TV recording he made whilst in Liverpool yesterday. Yesterday was Liverpool's launch event for it's year as European Capital Of Culture and Ringo Starr was the main attraction. As well as performing on the roof of St.George's Hall last night at the opening ceremony, he also did a press conference, t.v. show and a couple of photo calls as the other reason he was in town was to promote his new single Liverpool 8. I blagged a pass for the CBS special and was treated to a 2 hour t.v. recording, with lots of breaks, featuring Ringo and a full band perform songs such as Honey Don't, Boys, Photograph, With A Little Help From My Friends and of course the new single. And this was all in the stunning concert room in St.George's Hall in front of about 200 people. So I was in Beatle heaven. The only problem being that cameras were banned. And then a few hours later it was the official opening, or The People's Opening, on St.George's Plateau with about 30,000 people very proudly attending an event they'd been waiting 5 years for. Instead of the Big Dig that we've had over the last 3 years, we were given a 30 minute Big Gig performance which included music from Urban Strawberry Lunch, massed choirs, an opera singer, The Wombats and Ringo Starr alongside fireworks, pyrotechnics, a poet, some incredible aerialist displays and a 'Precious Cargo' containing various Liverpool celebrities. And whilst it was obvious to the locals, who are well used to the roadworks, crane filled skies and streets full of men in hard hats, I think the display confused some of the lazier out of town journalists who's press office was in Lime Street Station's Head Of Steam pub. For some it was off the train, into the press office, across to St.George's Hall for the press conference and then back to the viewing platform, without much sign of a high vis jacket until the performance started and suddenly the skies were full of them as the aerialists took to their ropes! Some of it reminded me of Perestroika In The Avant Garde, a performance in St.George's Hall about 20 years ago, with it's massed guitars mixed with performance but for most of the audience it was a whole new ball game and a great party to kick the year off! But Ringo's single is still nonsense !
I'd just like to thank the journalist Benji Lanyado for mentioning my blog in today's Travel section of The Guardian. The piece was a blogger's guide to Liverpool and features some sites already familiar to me, especially Art In Liverpool, but also a great breakfast in Liverpool site I've not come across! Read the article here
The programme I recorded for Radio 4 was on this afternoon and I actually managed to listen to it online. I rattled on about Liverpool being great to photograph, which of course it is, and Matt Wardle talked quite a lot about boats 'cos he likes them. All well and good. This is the view this afternoon of Williamson Square from Radio City Tower, which is where I was working when the programme was being broadcast.
I did a 15 minute programme for Radio 4 at the end of last year, to celebrate the start of the Culture year, and it's broadcast today at 3.45pm. It also features Matt Wardle and a couple of other people so it's not just me wittering on for 15 minutes. But I won't be able to listen, not really a bad thing, as I'll be up the Radio City Tower photographing Trisha and I don't think they'd take too kindly to me putting Radio 4 on!