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NYC Diary Day 9

We had a full day planned for New Years Eve. Head over to Williamsburg, have beer and coffee then back to Brooklyn for fireworks. Unfortunately we missed coffee in Williamsburg as Blue Bottle Coffee closed before we got there. Our evening plan was to go watch fireworks in Prospect Park as it was the park’s birthday. It was a really cold day though so we decided to grab a bottle of Prosecco and watch Ghostbusters in the hotel room with the sound of NYC in the background. It was a great day out and I loved ending the year at one of my favourite breweries, Brooklyn Beer.

Lost Castles in Merseyside

You know that old saying that kids prefer to enjoy the box the Christmas present arrived in more so than the actual Christmas present? This is that x1000. The project is by French artist Olivier Grosset?te and aimed to create monumental structures based on medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time. It’s all done using recyclable cardboard and packing tape. I love that it follows the ideology of reduce, reuse and recycle because the project reused cardboard and when it was done recycled it all. It inspires and educates both about how we can have fun with simple things and also discusses the architectural history of the region. I loved this.

The locations were;

  • Williamson Square, Liverpool city centre
  • Ashton Park, West Kirby (sadly the rain got to the cardboard and it collapsed)
  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Norton Priory, Halton
  • Victoria Square, St Helens,
  • Bootle Leisure Centre, by The Strand Read More

Portrait of Britain

I am thrilled to announce that a portrait I made, as part of my year long documentary project about Port Sunlight, has been selected as one of the top 200 photos in the ‘Portrait of Britain’ competition. It will be included in the ‘Portrait of Britain’ book and there’s a chance it might be selected to be on digital displays around the country later in the year.

The photo is one of my favourites from the project that of Valerie knitting in her bedroom. She made knitwear for charities overseas. The Chinese artwork on her wall reminds her of her trips to China and the reproduction of the Pre-Raphaelites ‘Scapegoat’ painting is representative of her ability to take on the troubles of others. “Take me as I am or not at all”, she told me. I spent nearly 3 hours talking with Valerie. Amazing woman. Read More

Lily Cole filming in Liverpool

Earlier this year I was asked to produce a series of cast portraits and behind the scenes stills of Lily Cole working on her new film ‘Lily Cole: Balls’. The film marks the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth.

We only had an hour on set but it was fascinating to watch a film being made.

The cast is comprised of four actors: Tia Bannon, Sarah Gadon, John Sessions, and Gillian Bevan. Balls has been co-written by Lily Cole and Stacey Gregg, and produced by Kate Wilson at Fury Films. The film has been co-commissioned by the Foundling Museum, Brontë Parsonage Museum and Rapid Response Unit, with support from Arts Council England.

Liverpool Pride

I think this was my favourite year. The sun was shining and the sheer number of people who joined in on the march was huge! Previously I would have said that the Pride march of 2015 was my favourite. There was torrential rain but the energy of the crowd was intoxicating. I think this year had that feeling too but also with sun, which was nice. Read More

New York Diary Day 8 – Part 2

We were spoilt with our trip to Top of the Rock. Properly spoilt. We arrived before sunset and watched the sun go down over New York. In the distance we could see planes, ships, cars, bridges, and hills. I was surprised at how flat the entire area was.Read More