Category: Events

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

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

Ghost Ship in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock

Commissioned as part of the Tall Ships festival, Ghost Ship is a rather beautiful and clever piece of art by Mihai Baba. You can’t see it unless you stand directly opposite it and when you do a ghostly vision of a ship floats in the dock. It’s very cool and reminds me of the computer interface thing in SeaQuest DSV. Read More

Museum of the Moon at Liverpool Cathedral

I first saw Museum of the Moon a couple of years ago in Kendal as part of Lakes Alive. It was breathtaking. A scale version of the moon inside a church. Why? Why not. It uses accurate NASA imagery so it’s sort of the closest you’ll get to the moon without going there. You walk around it. You sit under it. It doesn’t require explanation or over thinking. It’s just the moon floating in a beautiful space.

So I was delighted to hear it was coming to Liverpool and to the Anglican Cathedral. Read More

Light Night

As always Light Night, an event run by a small team of amazing women, is the highlight of the year. It’s like 24hrs of incredible events squished into 6 hours. I spent most of Saturday resting after my 10km walk around the city with all my camera gear. I wouldn’t change a thing. As one of the official photographers I get to see a wide range of events. I saw music in the Picton Reading Room. Dancing in the Town Hall. Fire dancers on the steps of St Georges Hall. After all that excitement I got to relax at the Anglican Cathedral with a mesmerising light show.

This was my evening. Well done to the team for putting on such a great show.Read More

Bluedot Festival 2017

At aged 38 Bluedot was the first festival I stayed over at. I have social anxiety and the thought of being “trapped” in a confined area with 5,000 unknown equations has always scared me. If you know me it may seem odd me saying that as I’ve been photographing big events, festivals, gigs, the arts for over 10 years. I love photographing events. The difference there is that’s photographer me. He’s way better at dealing with social anxiety than regular human me. I guess my camera is a security blanket camera. Things get awkward and I dive into the viewfinder looking for photos. But I couldn’t do that at Bluedot because my wife and I were going for the full weekend and I was attempting to be human, which meant less photography and more “dancing”. Naturally I took a camera because, well, just scroll down and I’d have hated to have missed out on those moments. Socially anxious sure, but I do enjoy photographing events like this. Read More