I shot this downstairs in our kitchen. Well, not the photo itself but the original fridge magnet image that's in it! It's part of the advertising hoardings for One Park West which is part of the L1 develeopment.
On Monday I shot the new collection for Philip Armstrong at The Castings Factory which was a great start to the week. Shooting 30 outfits in a day is a bit of a trek but it was very slick and everybody did an amazing job. This is Philip paying attention to detail on one of the final outfits, worn by Katrina Riozzi, with hairdresser Morgan from Toni & Guy waiting in the wings to pounce. The photographs were taken for Philip's new website and I'll show some of the final images once it's up and running.
Liverpool never had a photography studio for hire until a couple of years ago and now they seem to be springing up everywhere. Out of the variety of spaces that are appearing, there are only two that I'd bother using and they are Grey Space and this one. Grey Space is an incredible place and a massive studio which doubles up as a great place for parties and corporate events and for bigger productions it's a great place to shoot. But on a day to day basis I do stacks of work at The Castings Factory which is affordable and right in the middle of the city centre. I've shot at out of the city centre studios before and it can be a nightmare when something last minute is needed. The Castings factory is on the corner of Victoria Street and North John Street which means it's surrounded by sandwich shops, clothes shops for last minute styling and on the day we shot this even Henstocks came in very handy for bulldog clips! The place is also lined with mirrors, hence the double image here, and can be hired out as a dance studio or for film and tv castings etc...
This is from the Razorlight gig at the Philharmonic as part of the BBC Electric Proms which was partly held in Liverpool over the weekend. As well as photographing Last Shadow Puppets at the same venue on the previous night, I also covered a gig at Radio Merseyside that featured Howard Elliot Payne performing a set with his sister Candie. I'll post that tomorrow.
I've been well slack with this blog over the last week or so but I'm back and I've got loads to upload what with the BBC Electric Proms over the weekend, some recent fashion and commercial commissions and even a wedding (!!!). First up is Hot Chip from Saturday at Carling Academy.
I spent a long time, especially for a Tuesday, at Carling Academy last night being knocked about by pop stars and comedians as all three acts decided they wanted to get with the crowd. First up was post-hardcore (?) band Enter Shikari followed by Robots at Disguise who were playing at the aftershow party for The MIghty Boosh. Noel Fielding and co had been playing at the arena and it was the man himself who was the last of the night to get crowd friendly!
Firstly I'd like to say thanks to everybody who came down to the book and exhibition launch on Thursday night at Microzine. It was an amazing night and it was a bit mad just seeing loads of books being sold. I also ended up signing loads of them, in fact the first one that I had to sign was for Mike McCartney and his wife so that was a bit surreal. And as there were no speeches I'd also like to thank Matt Wardle for helping hang the show, to Joseph for supplying the soundtrack on the night and to Chris Lee, Zoe and everyone at Microzine! And after the lunch we went to 3345 so thanks to Thomas Lang for hanging up more photographs in the boardroom in what is set to be a permanent showing of my music based work.
And then we went home as I was on a 6.30am train to London to do a fashion shoot with new girl group The Saturdays which was all over by 12pm and then I headed back to Liverpool and had to stand up all the way so I'm a bit knackered! I also photographed Power Plant last night in Calderstone's Park which is another amazing Capital Of Culture event taking place over 5 nights and featuring the work of 26 artists who have produced stunning light and sound installations throughout the park.
I've just been looking through my archive to pick out some last minute extras for the Pop Cultured exhibition and book launch and I came across this from this year's Creamfields. It's not actually going in but it made me laugh so I though I'd put it online. Not all of the work in the exhibition is in the book but all of it is available to buy direct from Microzine all framed up and ready to hang. For any other print requests , please email me.
I've finally added more work to my website, some of which has been on here over the last few months but some which hasn't. This image isn't on the website but it's a personal favourite that I took whilst covering this year's Mathew Street Festival.