Category: Reportage

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal There’s a simplicity to powerlifting – how much can you lift, once? In front of an audience at Event City UK, the competitors enter the lifting stage – sometimes by strolling, sometimes by charging bull like – and focus all their body and soul on beating gravity’s influence on hundreds of kilos of […]

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Genre bender: Pentax 645z

An affordable medium format camera, that behaves like a big DLSR. Affordable is a matter of perspective of course. You can buy three Canon 5d3 bodies for the cost of the Pentax. But until the Pentax came along, there was no half way house, functionally or financially, between the 35mm formats and the majesty of […]

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Le Mans’ Best Friend

I was at the Le Mans 24 race this weekend. It was a trek first from Manchester to Upminster to rendezvous with the group, then to Folkestone for the Eurostar, and a 4hr drive across France to the campsite near the circuit. Unsurprisingly I always take a camera away with me on trips. I do […]

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Vendor Machine

Every week, hundreds of Big Issue vendors are on the high street trying to separate you from your change. During Vendor Week the Big Issue decided to let some well known local figures try their hand at it.

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Conference crasher

Selects from a weekend away with Turley Associates on their annual conference. It began in London at the Pullman Hotel with none other than Gyles Brandreth as the keynote speaker, then a champagne reception at Searcy’s (Europe’s longest champagne bar) at Kings Cross. Early next morning took the conference to the Steigenberger hotel in Brussels […]

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Diwali!

Taking place in Albert Square outside Manchester’s Town Hall, Diwali turned this public spot into a faraway land. Food, dance shows and colour occupied the programme, and a colourful procession culminated in a spectacular firework display over the town hall.

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Dressed to frill

Leeds-based Shama Zulqurnain, a model and makeup artist, getting her 16 year old daughter Neelam ready for that most important of occasions: prom night. Photographing this was an education for me, as I walked in on a bed covered edge to edge in makeup and accessories, and more surprising still seeing them all get used […]

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Hackenwerth’s Mad Balloons take over Manchester

Sculptor Jason Hackenwerth contributed to this year’s urban gardening festival Dig The City with enormous ballon structures that tower over New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square. The sculptures were put together in a nearby industrial space by Jason and his gang of artists, then walked through the city centre very early Saturday morning to be […]

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Winning Hearts And Minds in Haydock Park

A fundraising event held for autism charity Hearts and Minds at Haydock park, attended by cast members of Hollyoaks, singing talent Cleo Higgins (who along with the very talented band had the place dominated by an over-too-quick rendition of Respect), Jon Fashanu and football hero Paul Scholes (who received no end of worship all night). […]

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PA Summer Party at Imperial War Museum North

A networking event and fun fundraiser for Manchester’s PA network, held within the inimitable surroundings of the Imperial War Museum – first drinks on the Quays, then guests moved inside where the interior was decked out with the Cruise theme – and people wore sailor’s hats to prove it. The event was put together by […]

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