I was in Lewis' yesterday for a shoot with a London band who were having their video made by James Slater of Good Times. The top two floors of the shop have not been touched since the 50's/60's and there's still a cafe area and beauty salon with it's rows of hairdryers. Oh and these feathers.
I meant to do this at the end of the year but never managed it. A few random favourites and highlights from 2007.
First up is a photo of Ladytron's Helen Marnie in Budapest, the night after a gig in the city. It was winter and freezing and everyone had been up until about 5am drinking something that goes by the name of Unicum in an underground railway station that played bad 70's disco to anyone stupid enough to still want to stay out. Like us. Hence the sunglasses.
Second image down is of Justice playing Creamfields. They were supposed to be playing live but the sound kept cutting out so they ended up djing. Incredible and thanks to Mr.Huw Huxley for the recommendation.
I'd just finished a 2 day shoot for Met Quarter when a mate called Jen called me and said she was with The View and did I want to come up and photograph them but I'd have to hurry up as they were falling asleep. I raced up there and took about a dozen photos and the 2nd one was the best. Nice lads and a great album.
The orange T was shot just off Oranienberger Strasse in Berlin's Mitte district. Berlin can be very random and I don't know why the 'T' was there but I liked it.
Next up is a photograph of Finn, Paul and Ellie and was taken on Crosby Beach for the Eighthundred project which was a major highlight of last year. The rest of the project can be seen here.
I saw the Arctic Monkeys at Lancashire Cricket ground this summer which was a highlight but this is from their Carling Academy show, in Liverpool, back in April.
And last up is a nice sunset taken from the roof of Martin's Bank Building on Water Street!
This is Dita Jane who, especially over the last few weeks, has been a great help in assisting on shoots including recent commissions for Ethel Austin and Radio City as well as the recent portraits taken at the Carling Academy of The Zutons, Candie Payne etc She is primarily into music based work and has done quite a few events at Carling when I haven't been able to manage it. And she's good so check out her work at her My Space site.
Dita was also a great help with this years Eighthundred project, even though she wasn't one of the photographers working on it. And part of the great thing about producing the Eighthundred project was that a group of photographers got to talk to each other, put any rivalries aside, and work collectively towards a single goal. The project has then led on to other things. The Met To Tate website images were produced by myself, Peter Carr and Helen Palmer and feature here. The next project to come off the back of it is the book project I mentioned yesterday (0151 366 2008) and that has myself involved along with Peter Carr and Matt Wardle. Another photographer who has assisted me many times over the last few years, and was also one of the Eighthundred photographers, is Imke Oppenkamp. As well as working as an in house photographer for a local design agency, Imke is also now branching out on her own and her work will be on her website which will be fully online very soon and no doubt featuring some amazing still life work. And thanks to the other photographers who worked on Eighthundred too - David Colbran, Benjamin Ball and Matt Ford.
OK, that's the nice bit out of the way. I've got to give a big no thanks to the photographers who are simply out to undercut and therefore undervalue the profession, the one who wrote a blog slating my work and the one who went into Carling under my name the other week! I think they might know me after working there for 4 years so they were lucky that there was a new girl on the door and they got away with it that time.
2008's gonna be a big year for Liverpool with shed loads to see, do and photograph. So let's get out there, get on with it and play fair!
Today I've been sifting through Liverpool images for a commision from a German magazine called X-Ray and I found these which were originally taken, at the Hangman cafe, for Facto magazine. Nothing special about them, I just liked them and I'd forgotten about them.