I always like photographing the Pride parade. It’s so full of life, energy and quite simply its great to see every type of person dance around the city because they’re proud of who they are. It’s infectious.
I found some old film photos of the Liverpool Pride Festival from a few years back. This is by far the best. I may post some others but I really like this.
For the past few years I’ve enjoyed making a series of portraits at Liverpool Pride. This year was no exception, even with the rain. I was equipped with a newly purchased Hasselblad 500cm and set to work. Due to the rain I shot 4 on my Fuji X100s as I was a bit over-protective of the Hasselblad, which when you think about it is silly. The Hasselblad has no electronics whereas the X100s is filled with them. Anyway. It was good fun and great to chat with people.
The X100 photos are the last 4. The rest are Hasselblad. There’s a bit of a light leak issue but I’ve got a kit on its way from Italy to correct that. Only about £6 and its an easy fix. Even at f/4 the depth of field is crazy. I thought these were all in focus but it seems that medium format is very unforgiving. You absolutely have to nail the focus, even at f/4. Tricky when the viewfinder is reversed so your natural instincts to correct the composition are the wrong way around. I was saying to my wife this morning that I think the blad is now my favourite camera. It just feels so mechanical. It’s a joy to use. The viewfinder is exceptional and the photos are very very nice. There’s an acceptance of film. Digital I always try and perfect in post. Film I try and perfect at the scene because when I see the print/scan thats the photo. With digital I’m always adjusting shadows, highlights, whites, blacks, clarity, exposure, white balance, etc in Lightroom. I love this camera and can’t wait to use it more. Anyway, less nerd talk more photos.
Another year and another rainy Pride Festival. I think the rain just makes people have a more fun time. To quote my wife, “You can’t have a rainbow without rain.”
The rain killed my X100s. I hope it comes back to life. My newly acquired Hasselblad was kept dry and I shot a roll of portraits after the event. I’ll post them when they’re done.
I honestly didn’t think I would have time to photograph anyone at this years Pride event. Luckily I noticed an empty couple of hours in my schedule and headed over. I’m so glad I found that time as I met some great people. My favourite has to be the above photo of Becca and Jessica, who just came out 2 days before the event. They were great fun to chat to.
The 4th Liverpool Pride March took place on Saturday, 3rd August. It was a lovely summer’s day filled with colour, sunshine and superheroes. That was the theme this year, superheroes. Armed with my camera I went to talk with the costumed crusaders to find out why they were there and who their superheroes were. Great to see the Lord Mayor Gary Millar, who can be seen marching in my photos from 2011, and his partner lead the procession through town.
Full series and prints available on my archive site.