Last weekend saw two gigs in Victoria Park in Southport and I covered the second night which was an evening with the Liverpool Phil. The event started off with a performance of 'composer in the house' Kenneth Hesketh's work (maybe they should have had it in Hesketh Park) and ended up with a flag waving and fireworks finale to the tune of the 1812 Overture. Photography and music mixed doesn't get much more pleasant than this. It was sunny, there were picnics, the orchestra sounded great and I didn't have to deal with mosh pits or flying plastic cups of lager. I think I'm growing up!
The Summer Pops was all over for me on Friday with the Jools Holland concert. His ACC Liverpool gig had guest vocalists Marc Almond and Gerry Marsden lined up but only getting to do the first three songs as usual, I didn't get to see what they did. Or even if they did.
One of the photographs I did of Vasily Petrenko for the Liverpool Phil is now on the side of the orchestra's van which next week will be on it's way to London for a show at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms!
In 1981, young Liverpool actor Mark McGann appeared as John Lennon in a show written by Bob Eaton at the Everyman Theatre. Twenty seven years later and the two are back together and working just a few hundred yards further down Hope Street as the John Lennon Songbook concert is played out by the Liverpool Phil. Mark both sings and acts as narrator to the Lennon story whilst the other singers performing in the show are Curtis Stigers and Claire Martin.
The ever changing Liverpool skyline becoming even more unrecognisable from the Mersey ferry. The buildings here are mostly the new Princes Dock constructions, the two Beetham Towers and the Unity Building.
The Beat Goes On exhibition is now open at the World Museum and it looks great. Haven't seen it finished but it was looking good and pretty intense when I went down to photograph the curator Marion Leonard last week. Marion came to me over a year ago regarding using my archive and it was that which started me off on putting together my own book so thanks for starting the ball rolling! I now just need a day off to go and see the show properley.
If anybody is in town this evening then please make the effort to head over to Williamson Square to see the Swan Lake performance which is part of this weekend's Big Dance. I won't try and explain it properley because I can't but it's basically to do with light and projections and anybody entering the dance area becomes a dancer and any movement they make interacts with the light around them and the images of the projected dancers! Or something like that. Anyway it was just amazing to see people stumble (literally) across this event and just join in. I even heard one bloke, on his own, on his mobile phone saying 'I don't know love but I'm dancing to classical music!'. It's free, its very funny and it's happening between 10 and 11 pm tonight (Saturday).
Old Hall Street has had more than a lick of paint in recent years and the whole new St.Paul's Square area is mostly up and running. Things are getting quite posh down there to the point that it's now customary for Liverpool office workers to carry Cricket bags instead of briefcases.
Sound recordist Chris Watson, and founder member of Cabaret Voltaire, working on Crosby Beach as part of an event to be staged at The Plaza cinema in September. The event is being organised by Hive Collective who also have something going on this Saturday called 'You Are Sound' in St.John's Shopping Centre between 3pm and 5pm.
And this one's called Amelle and she was the latest one to join. These are the things that you learn when you start having to keyword the individual members of pop groups before uploading them to photo agency websites. With Diana Ross it's obvious but with The Sugababes and Westlife it's all down to My Space research.
Jah Wobble's Chinese Dub is looking like being yet another highlight of the Culture Calendar and features the man himself performing with both European and Chinese musicians and singers at Carling Academy this Saturday. The show also features some Chinese performances including fire eaters, dancers andmask changers which has got to be seen to be believed. This photograph of Jah Wobble and two if the singers was taken yesterday in rehearsals.
These incredible performers are called the Russian Ice Stars and they are currently touring the UK in their production of Beauty & The Beast. These photographs, taken in Manchester, were for a forthcoming show and I'm sure it's the first time I've ever done any ice skating photos and it was most enjoyable. Even if I didn't know I was going to be on the ice myself. In loafers!
This is one of the unused images from a recent shoot for Living Edge Magazine. The model is Louise Ward, make up is by Kate Smith and the styling is by Jo Benning all from Impact Models. The photograph was taken at Matchworks Studios.
The blue skies are back and it's temporarily summer again so everyone's out Superlambanana spotting. This one's outside St.George's Hall and should of been Goth or Emo themed as that's where the 'alternative' kids like to hang out on a Saturday. It could have had a little Emo fringe and maybe there could of been two of them hugging each other.