Author: Christian

light night and the moon

Image of Art installation of the Moon

…the main attraction (for me at least) this year was Luke Jerram’s “Museum of the Moon” – a 7 metre diameter accurately mapped spherical installation of The Moon, suspended over Leeds Dock…

We started out for a quick drink, then wandered down to the Docks joining a fairly steady stream.

carnival time again

Image of a West Indian Carnival Parade

Leeds West Indian Carnival is the oldest and one of the biggest West Indian carnival events in Britain today. Started in 1967 by Arthur France, and a group of Caribbean strengths in Leeds, it is now in it’s 50th year, and…

beeston festival

Image of a Chinese dragon

Beeston Festival in Crossflatts Park – I do like that all these events have their own distinct character. Beeston is big, but suprisingly roomy – it does not feel crowded and busy and there really is something for everyone. The main band stage is relatively understated, with feelgood music of a generally rocky nature. The main area of stalls and food is immense, with easily over 100 different stalls, mostly of a very community nature – tombolas, tat, plants, books and so on.

kirkstall festival

Imange of a girl blowing bubbles

Another of the big summer events in Leeds takes place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey – Kirkstall Festival has been running in Leeds for 37 years now, and attracts over 25,000 people.  It has grown steadily, and has a…

festival on the ridge

Image of man with beard playing a drum

Leeds has so many little pockets of community action and events, for those in the know… One of these is the annual Woodhouse Ridge Festival, taking place early July each year. This is a wonderful example of grassroots community in…

ch-ch-changes…

Transferring 'blog Splash Screen from Google

It’s been a bit quiet on all my platforms recently – those who know me personally will have some idea of some of the things going on over the last year, and that I have had quite a lot on…

rave and respect

What upsets me here is that what has been gained from this? An charity event has lost a set of images which I provided to them pro-bono to help them as a crew and promote the work they did. I will obviously not be shooting their events again, as it seems internal politics have led to a situation where members of the promotional team do not know what other members have agreed, and I don’t really want to be working in that situation. One less club on the list for me, one less photographer on the list for them. The DJ himself has lost the use of the image he wanted to use in the first place and the possibility of some future collaboration. Because of nothing more than a kickback about giving proper credit.

And that helps the music scene how?

happy new year!

Ridgefest

And so, again, it is new years eve. for those who know me, it’s been a bit of a difficult year, with quite a few things going on. As photographers, we capture memories. And here are a few of mine that…

working for free

Working, maybe...

There is a lot of discussion in many creative circles abut the issue of working for free. Many people are very violently against this idea, for a number of reasons. Of course, it’s perfectly reasonable to be against working for…

basic respect

Fat Shame

I have recently become embroiled in a bit of a discussion on a certain facebook group. I am not going to say which one, but I am going to show a couple of examples of the issues I will talk…

red tie ball

two people guessing the number of sweets in a jar

This is a charity event I shot recently for Elliot’s Footprint – a charity providing support for parents after losing a child. I have decided black tie (or even red tie) events are the most difficult thing to shoot as…

interstellar

I have been out and about in the clubs again recently with this set from Sunrise at the West Indian Centre. The full set is on Images from The Underground.

spamcan

One of the wonderful things about having a child is that all the latent interests that you have hidden (potentially as uncool) for many years can be expressed, free of shame. To be fair, trains are pretty cool subjects for…

fighting spotlights

Singer

Something that comes up in discussion more and more amongst music photographers recently is the curse of the LED spot. These may have their benefits for cost, power and the environment, but they are bloody annoying for photographers. Unlike a…

remedy – march free party

Another dose of clubbing shots from my regular haunt Remedy at Beaverworks in Leeds. I have played about with some zoom burst effects recently, and as always using my long shutter speeds for full psychedelic effect… This was an interesting…

disappointing eclipse pictures

Solar Eclipse from Leeds 20th March 2015

In the wake of Britain’s nearly total solar eclipse The Guardian published a set of disappointing pictures from their roof which was shrouded in thick white smog and cloud. While not a total washout, certainly the eclipse in Leeds was…