Category: Personal

The Prattle Of Trafalgar

My clients don’t prattle, but this is my blog, so I do. And I need a catchy title to draw you in. I like doing character portraits – you can always be a bit more adventurous by telling the story through lighting, and of course you’ve always got people in front of you who emote. […]

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Do Tests Matter?

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and the like all go through a sort of basic training at university, and end up with a degree that shows they’ve got the skillset to enter their field as a rookie. Once in their field they can specialise by sitting more exams – I’ve not sat any of those since […]

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Return of the Soldier

The Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester, does a great job of putting on small productions but with massive talent. My most recent commission for them was The Return of the Soldier: ‘The Return of the Soldier, by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, is a musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s remarkable novella written at the […]

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New Lifestyle Work – Jul 2018

I’ve owned a Pentax 645z for a while and couldn’t rate it highly enough, but with one small problem. The flash sync speed sucks. It’s got these beautifully sharp files with gorgeous tones but you just can’t sync with flash past 1/125th and that rules most things that aren’t stood still, or portraits with a […]

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God Dame!

God Dame! Panto is a venerable yet wonderfully stupid British tradition that everyone should experience.  It’s a tough genre to excel in, straddling (haw haw) the bawdy, the fun and the absurd, and it couldn’t be better exemplified than in Eric Potts, writer, director and the grandest of dames. Here are just couple of costumes Eric […]

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Manchester Pride 2016

Pride in Manchester is when the centre of the city becomes, for one weekend, taken over by the LGBT community. It’s a great place to find a concentration of interesting and unusual looks and faces. On Saturday I took a small softbox and a portrait lens into town, and with the help of assistant Ben […]

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Oh No It Isn’t

Oh No, It Isn’t! Panto: it’s great, because it’s fundamentally, cheerfully silly. The lack of pretence is a relief. It must be the least uptight form of entertainment on the planet, and that’s not an easy mark to hit.   These are cast members from the recent production of Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House. […]

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1930 and Thriving

After spotting a portrait of pre-war prime minister Neville Chamberlain, I noticed how different the approach to portraits once was. His face was very nearly full to camera but with a flattering high angle. Most interestingly the eye line looked off into the distance, an affectation of the time – today subjects always expect to […]

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Run Wild, Run Free

Freerunner Richard Squires on the Liverpool waterfront. The Profoto B1s have the high-speed sync function, which I was keen to exercise. I don’t work much with subjects in motion, and have always been limited to a shutter speed of 1/160th, which isn’t fast enough to freeze quick motions. Being able to chop my exposures to […]

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Gladiators in White Collars

Imagine going to work knowing that, at the end of the day, you will, for the first time, begin training as a boxer. Imagine this continuing for eight weeks, knowing throughout that when the eight weeks are over, you’ll have to get in the ring and actually fight  someone else – another white collar worker […]

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