Tag: leeds

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…

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.

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…

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…

spooky shoot

Image of a (posed) dead body in a lab

I spent the evening on Hallowe’en in a certain old Mill building in Holbeck where Photocamp Leeds had set up a spooky Hallowe’en shoot. I used this to experiment with a few different techniques – wide angle shots, using a…

light night

zoom burst

An event I always try and get to is the annual Night Light in Leeds, where various art installations and projections take over the city.  I was all set to be really organised this year and plot a sensible path…

ela orleans at wharf chambers

Ela Orleans

I was invited down to this lovely intimate gig at Wharf Chambers to shoot a set of images capturing the night. I’ve put a full write up on my Images from The Underground site, but here’s a little taster.

summer fêtes

bunting

…I have been shooting at the Elliot’s Footprint summer fete in Meanwood; a fundraiser for the charity, which supports parents after the loss of a child.

Though I had a lovely time, I have to say this was one of the most difficult shoots in have done for a long time…

photocamp

people listening to a talk

…and some amazing parafunctional spaces which we used for model shoots, workshops and just making pictures of what we found.

I will post some more of the specific work I produced this weekend later…

Temple Works

temple works roof

…designed by Joseph Bonomi the Younger and built by John Marshall between 1836 and 1840, it boasts a two acre main space, and apparently is pretty unique (at least for the time) in that it is held up under both compression and tension.

On the tour, in the main room we we hard-hatted and required to walk to a ‘safe area’ without stopping, just in case anything fell…