Tag: Portraits

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.

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The first Liverpool Comic Con naturally appealed to me. I’ve been to a few before. London in err… 2007? Toronto in 2006. I took photos. I took bad photos. Jaunty angle boring photos, which got huge traffic at the time. So I was tempted to visit the Liverpool Comic Con but I was concerned it would be overflowing with people like me from 2006. I realise that I need to find my own unique voice and angle, so the thought of hanging out with lots of other photographers all fighting for the same photo at an event like this really isn’t appealing. I’m sure you’re all beautiful snowflakes but there’s no point in everyone shooting over each other shoulders for the same photo.

In the end I thought I could stay at home or go out and see what I can do. Thankfully all the photographers were inside. It was overcast and I found a grey wall to shoot against. Within a minute of getting my camera out I was asking people if I could photograph them. 3 hours later I had taken 96 portraits and needed to go somewhere warm. I had SO much fun. I had good light, then great light, then good light. I had awesome chats with people about manga, comics, and lots of geeky things. I learnt about new anime. I was sad to not see anyone in a Starfleet uniform. Ah I had loads of fun. There’s some highlights in this weeks vlog.

So. Much. Fun.

I worry way too much about whether I’m doing good work. Whether I’m on the “right” path. Frack it. I just need to worry about having fun, paying bills, and having more fun.

Highlights below and a full series can be seen on my portfolio.

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Morning Gloryville Portraits

Morning Gloryville is an event that takes place on the first Wednesday of the month at Constellations in Liverpool. It’s basically a morning rave from 6:30am till about 10am. A morning rave. Crazy. Constellations is right next to a school so when some kids are wandering into school going “Ugh its too early.” there are people bouncing out of a rave filled with more energy than your average star. It’s a great contrast.

I was too young for raving as it developed in the early 90s. I do remember my cousins talking about places like the Paradox. I didn’t get it. I was perfectly content playing Elite 2: Frontier and Street Fighter 2 on my Amiga. I missed out on raving the night away and photographing it all.

I thought it would be interesting to photograph people as they came out after the early morning rave. Everyone was absolutely buzzing with energy and positivity. It was fantastic. I’ve never been hugged so much. The positive energy was infectious.

Morning Gloryville recently celebrated its first birthday. Happy birthday :)

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Liverpool Pride 2015 Portraits

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.

They're both gay but not together. Simply here to support the day.
They’re both gay but not together. Simply here to support the day.
Here to support the parade.
Here to support the parade.
She came to explore and see the event.
She came to explore and see the event.
He's not gay just here  supporting friends.
He’s not gay just here supporting friends.
Came out to enjoy the parade. Tenants of Homes for Everyone.
Came out to enjoy the parade. Tenants of Homes for Everyone.
Friends from Manchester and Liverpool. Here for a nice day out.
Friends from Manchester and Liverpool. Here for a nice day out.
A volunteer for Sahir House.
A volunteer for Sahir House.
They created  the 'God loves hugs' campaign to show that religion isn't always against gay people.
They created the ‘God loves hugs’ campaign to show that religion isn’t always against gay people.
From Sahir House helping to promote HIV awareness.
From Sahir House helping to promote HIV awareness.
He likes supporting it.
He likes supporting it.
Supporting Pride.
Supporting Pride.
Liverpool Pride March 2015
Liverpool Pride March 2015

Tebay Services Portraits

I visited Tebay Service station last summer to do a photo essay on the UK’s only independent service station. I loved it there. How often can you say that about a service station? Great locally produced food and drink. You can enjoy a burger from a bbq and take in the landscape that the burger once walked around on. It’s fantastic.

While I was eating my burger I noticed an interesting mix of people stopping by. So naturally I asked people if I could make a photograph of them. I met people from Manchester to Poland to  France. Some were heading north to Scotland to see friends and some were stopping by to stock up. Quite a few didn’t have any clue that this place existed, just as I didn’t a few months before. The idea of an independent service station is kind of crazy and yet makes perfect sense. Anyway, here’s some of the people I met.

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Liverpool Pride – Superheroes

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.

Barbara and Michelle have been together for 26 years. They married the first year it was legally possible. "My wife is my superhero."

Barbara and Michelle have been together for 26 years. They married the first year it was legally possible. “My wife is my superhero.”

Laura. "My mum inspires me."

Laura. “My mum inspires me.”

Louise. Local MP Angela Eagle is her superhero. Angela Eagle was Britain's first openly gay MP.

Louise. Local MP Angela Eagle is her superhero, as she was Britain’s first openly lesbian MP.

Appearing as Super Crayon at Liverpool Pride march. Michaela said creativity is her power. It's the key to imagination. Her girlfriend followed behind making sure her flag was always flying. Liverpool, UK, on 3rd August, 2013.

Appearing as Super Crayon. Michaela said creativity is her power as it’s the key to imagination. Her girlfriend was with her making sure her cape was always flying.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Charlie at Liverpool Pride festival. He came as The Fiddler Riddler. “He’s cool. He’s enigmatic.”

People at Liverpool Pride March

Terry loves all superheroes, but mainly the classics. He has been to every Liverpool Pride but this was the first year he joined the march, so he came as an off duty Superman to join in.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Jessica. In a Superman onesie, as Superman not Supergirl. Supporting her gay brother.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Dilly was there to support her gay daughter, who she said she was really proud of. Her son and his family had also dressed up to support her.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Alan with Beppe. “I’m here for him.”

People at Liverpool Pride March

Anthony’s hero Rock Hudson inspired his Rock-a-hula look. He works for Teeside Positive Action, a North East HIV support charity, and had traveled to be at Liverpool Pride with a colleague from York.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Mike travelled from Stoke to join in with his partner David after they attended last year’s Pride and really enjoyed it.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Erin is part of the Wirral roller derby group. Jack White inspires her. “He’s just a really good person.”

People at Liverpool Pride March

Erin appearing as Car Captor Sakura. She made her outfit in 7 days with her dad.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Nick was representing Liverpool John Moores University in a group including the Dean, Kate. They both felt it was important for senior management to support Pride as the university is a Stonewall diversity champion.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Ken. A volunteer for a HIV support group.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Chris. He wanted to be different so he went as Poison Ivy. Any excuse to go in drag he said.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Sally and Jackie. In their eyes Mario and Luigi are superheroes as they saved Princess Peach. Super Mario after all.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Photographer and writer Sean wanted to be part of something with liked minded people.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Lisa is a local who enjoys the gay scene in Liverpool.

People at Liverpool Pride March

Nikki. Appearing as an evil Hydra agent, Mrs Hydra with her wife as Captain America. They come every year. Last year was their hen do.