I've been in the Metropolitan Cathedral for the last 2 nights covering the rehearsals and premiere of Sir John Tavener's 'Requiem' which was performed by The Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Incredible!
The artist Ben Johnson has been resident in the Walker Art Gallery for the duration of February publicly finishing this large scale painting of Liverpool and will continue doing so until March 7th. The final work will then go on show at the gallery from May 24th-November 2nd along with other works from his World Panorama Series.
Southport funfair has been closed for 2 years and only a temporary set of rides are in place in the summer months for tourists' in search of traditional seaside entertainment. So it's left to the famous Silcock's Funland to stand as the main destination for penny arcades, pinball and pensioners seeking the sun on a warm February afternoon.
I shot this today whilst doing a fashion shoot for Liverpool.com Magazine which is out mid March. I had time to kill as the models went to Blackpool instead of Southport!
This morning I've been editing through some shoots from last year including this one from the Tigerpicks shoot that I did with video maker James Slater. This was shot in the disused car park on the old Garden Festival site.
This was the first time I ever did any photographs at Evol and it was when it was in Heebeejeebees. The girl on the right was American and living in Liverpool for a while. The lad was then the singer of Leeds' band 10,000 Things but was also seen last year playing Ian Curtis in Anton Corbjin's 'Control'. The photograph originally featured in Plastic Rhino Magazine.
Last night was the launch of Liverpool Sound City which is a new music business event/conference/week of parties that's happening this year at the end of May. Performing at the launch party were Christian, The Vagabonds, Delta Fiasco, Hot Machine and The Rascals.
But you wouldn't think it to look at it. The weather yesterday was stunning and the sunset over the Mersey was quite amazing. I know it's the school holidays but the places was packed right the way along so I reckon this culture lark might be paying off.
I've been slack over the last few days as I've been struck down by one of them winter bug things and all I've managed to do is to plough my way through my dvd collection. This is from a recent shoot for Rare Fashion and was shot in between hail and snowstorms!
It was the first gig of the new year, for me anyway, last night and it couldn't have been any better. The Pale Fountains formed 25 years ago and came back together for just 2 gigs and the first one, at Liverpool's Carling Academy, was an incredible night. They opened up with Bruised Arcade and finished off with Jean's Not Happening, which they'd already sang just before the end of the main set. They also did a couple of Shack songs (Comedy and Meant To Be) as well as great versions of old Paley's tracks like Bicycle Thieves and Southbound Excursion. The one shouted out the most, which they didn't do, was Abergele Next Time but they did do a great version of Thank You. And for those out there who haven't got a clue about what I'm rambling on about see here. You won't be disappointed!