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
Last year I was commissioned by Wizz Air Magazine to produce a series of photographs to go with an article on the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was a fun couple of days going to places I often go but meeting new people and having interesting conversations. There’s also the challenge of trying to create a new image of something you know so well.
Recently I was commissioned by Grazia to photograph an event at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool. The event is called Bongo’s Bingo and it’s bingo but not as you know.
The idea is you play bingo a bit as you’d expect but the prizes vary from giant teddy bears to boxes of Coco-pops. Every so often music kicks in and everyone dances. I’m making it sound tame. It’s just bingo with 90s music. It’s really not tame. It’s absolutely bonkers and a real assault on the senses. I had a migraine by the end of the night and could hardly see out of one eye. I’ve never had that from covering an event before. It’s proper bonkers.
It’s that annoying time of year where the clocks have gone forward. Sunset at 6:30pm is now sunset at 7:30pm. Sunrise, for the time being is back to an ok time at around 7am. For me it’s annoying because I know I’ve lost that beautiful morning light while taking the ferry into town. During the winter sunrise can be at 8:20am. I get this amazing walk to the ferry with all the colours and that crisp winter air. But soon the sun will be ridiculously high in the sky and producing dull average light.
I’m mainly annoyed that I haven’t carried my Hasselblad much over the winter to use on the ferry. It’s a great camera to use, though a bit of a bugger to lug around. So I’m annoyed with myself for not carrying it and I now have to wait 6 months for the good light to return.
So for now here’s some I took about a year ago.
I occasionally worry that I should live in the big city. That I should be close to daily life there to better document it. It’s harder to make good photos in the “suburbs” where it’s quieter. That said it’s sometimes more important to try. I guess modern day fear of missing out makes me think I should be living in a big city. Plus, living on the other side of a river means you always have a bus to catch to get home. There’s no nice long walk from the cinema or restaurant. It’s broken up by an anxious bus trip home filled with noisy humans. Read More