This is one of the unused images from a recent shoot for Living Edge Magazine which is out now. The models were the cast of the new tv series Living On the Edge, made by the same people who make Hollyoaks.
Although the weather forecast for the Mathew Street Festival wasn't too good, it actually ended up being ok though it did look a bit thundery for half an hour just towards the end of the second day. This was taken as I walked the long way round between stages to avoid the crowds.
When you're shooting for an agency, taking the photographs is only the first part of the job as there's all of the editing, keywording and uploading to be done. Whilst normally done on the night of the gig, and as soon as possible afterwards, I left the Creamfields second day upload until Monday morning before I set off to Mathew Street as I couldn't get onto the agency's site the night before. And then, thanks to some stupid internet browser glitch, I ended up sending all of my images in with the same titles attached to them even though I'd painstakingly sent each group of images in with their own titles attached. As all images are checked when they arrive at the picture desk, any odd captions are changed and as everything from Creamfields was arriving with the title 'Chic featuring Nile Rogers', it was down to the picture desk people to work out the real names which they mostly worked out to perfection. But the exception was Soulwax who, along with Chic, were all wearing white! So for half an hour yesterday morning, as I was trying to get into town, Soulwax were Chic and I just about got there on time to catch the end of Cher's set which was the first of the covers acts I was there to photograph. I spent most of the afternoon covering the acts on the Water Street stage which was being hosted by Garlands which meant it was being hosted by a group of transvestites which made a colourful and welcome change for Mathew Street. Needless to say town was insane and very entertaining and another reminder that Liverpool knows how to party like no other city. Yesterday also saw the opening ceremony for the World Firefighter Games down at the Echo Arena and with the event finishing at about the same time as Mathew Street's daytime stages, the streets filled up with both lots of glamorous Liverpool women and small groups of firemen from all over the world. Let the games begin!
Creamfields is now over and I'm half way through The Mathew Street Festival which finishes today. Highlight of Creamfields was Chic who were probably the best not only this year but also the highlight of all 10 years! Personally speaking of course. This is a not so cleanfields girl enjoying herself in the Chibuku tent on Saturday.
Creamfields has just reached it's 10th year and has turned into a two day affair so now it's like a proper festival. This is the first photo I took on day 1. Back again tomorrow afternoon after a few hours down at the Mathew Street Festival!
I'd just like to say a 'sort of' thank you to the lovely people at Clash Magazine who've just done a great full page feature on my forthcoming book. It's all very complimentary with a nice big photo of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller down at The White room in the mid 90's and I was well chuffed to see the size of the 'big up' that they'd given me. However, with the beginning of the book being the point where I left a crap local band mid gig (I was in them for 5 minutes and it was our first gig), I found it the funniest thing ever to see Clash's writing stating 'rock Star turned photographer Mark McNulty'!!! If only they'd ever heard that 20 minutes of Eat My Dog. Of course the mention is very much appreciated and the issue also includes more of my work across the Portishead feature and in the 20 years of acid house special section! Oh and by the way, Je Suis Un Rock Star was a dreadful record released by Bill Wyman in 1981 which, I've got to admit, that as a misguided 15 year old I actually bought!
Other news regards Pop Cultured (the book) is that it's nearly at the printers, that it's now going to be hardback and that I'll be shortly announcing a gig at Carling Academy that forms part of their On Song Festival that's running throughout September. The festival includes loads of gigs as well as a day when people interested in working in the environment of a live venue, get to come along to an open day to find out more. There's also a photo competition with the winner getting to come along and have a go in the pit for a major gig at the end of the month. Check the Carling Academy site for more details. So, all in all, September is looking a bit busy.
More book news and lots of smiley Creamfields photos very soon!
The Children's Festival was on a couple of weeks ago around St.George's Hall and was another great Capital of Culture street festival. I'm at Mathew Street Festival and Creamfields this weekend so I'm sure there'll be a photo or two to upload!
And it certainly did for the Liverpool Unites Rhys Jones Memorial Concert at the ACC on Friday night. Over three hours the 8,000+ strong crowd got to hear everything from Stan Boardman mentioning the war to Mel C performing acoustic versions of her greatest hits with other performers being as varied as a samba band, The Croxteth Choir, Natasha Hamilton, Billy and Wally, various ex cast members of Brookside, a Corrie star turned singer, 3 dance troupes, a Laurel and Hardy tribute act, Mel C's mum, a country singer, Eton Road and A Flock Of Seagulls! The finale featured Tony Christie leading the whole stage in a version of Amarillo which followed some words from Rhys' parents, Melanie and Steven Jones. And whilst understandably very sad at times the atmosphere was also incredible
This is from a recent shoot I did for the online retailer Rare and was shot at Grey Space. I've also got loads of updates from recent weeks and I'm going to attempt to get back to uploading a bit more regularly again!
I'm back from Berlin where I mostly shot video and played about with one of them Lomo Diana cameras which means processing film and scanning. If they come out! There was 6 of us on holiday and 3 are photographers so it was sort of like a camera club outing and everyone got into photographing tourists!
I took these photographs of the artist Tommy McHugh earlier on in the year for a Dutch magazine called Psychologie and I've only just got to see a copy of the finished magazine so it rmeninde me to post the images. It seems to be one of the results of the Capital of Culture thing that I seem to have photographed a variety of people for magazines from out of town or from other countries. I photographed a restaurant owner for Restaurant Magazine, the chairman of Everton for a sports business magazine and the head of Liverpool Vision for Architects Journal, amongst others, whilst I've also been supplying images for publications that just want to feature the city. But I think of all of them, my favourite was visiting Tommy McHugh at his Birkenhead home. His story is better told over at the Art In Liverpool site but the experience of meeting Tommy was incredible, especially when you realise that this is not an artists studio but a normal house on a normal estate in Birkenhead.
Not used to doing the newspaper thing, it was a nice surprise to see that my work in London with the Liverpool Phil had arrived home before me. After the concert I sat in the hotel bar emailing photos to the Daily Post picture desk. I then got up the 8am train back to Liverpool and picked up the Daily Post at Lime Street to see this on page 6.