Saturday, July 30, 2011

One Last Soul

Black Country Communion tonight at Manchester Academy - first gig in a week!

Black Country Communion

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Splendour Festival today in Nottingham. Cameraphone city in the pit. Not good.

Sometimes you photograph the rock stars, sometimes they photograph you...


Didn't do quite as well with Scissor Sisters tonight. Partly due to the sheer volume of people in the crowd, but some of it was me. Still got some shots - including one that ranks amongst my favourite live shots I've ever taken. It's not the one below, BTW.

Scissor Sisters

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Public Service Announcement

Over the next few weeks (if I get the work) I'll be blogging about moving over to a Macbook Air for my on the go photo editing at festivals. Having received the thing, I felt I needed three things

- A photo browser
- Photoshop
- IPTC Editor
- FTP Client

No problem getting a 30 Day trial of Photoshop from Adobe, Filezilla exists on the Mac, so that's my FTP client sorted, I'll find a find photo browser - but finding a freeware IPTC editor was a nightmare. The best suggestion I could initially find was using a script with Automator, but I couldn't get to the bottom of adding the script to the finder, or basically just working out how to pass the script a file to modify.

In the end, I found XNView which does batch IPTC editing, supports the fields I need, and helpfully allows you to save templates, so I was able to take one of my PC files that was properly captioned, identify the fields, and make a template. Hopefully this will save some other poor sod from spending all night hunting for one.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


There's something ridiculous about one of your childhood rock heroes being stood in front of you... Slash tonight at the Apollo. Insane.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Night Work

Had a great time shooting Scissor Sisters at Haydock Park last night, and looking forward to catching them again shortly.

Scissor Sisters

Friday, July 15, 2011


Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle tonight at Manchester Apollo as part of the Manchester International Festival

Snoop Dogg

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Get Sleazy

A trip to Manchester Apollo on Monday night for the Ke$ha tour. This is heavy contract and a soundboard shoot, so you can see shots at The Music Fix

In the meantime, I missed blogging Steve Martin on Saturday night... usual Apollo seated position, so not ideal, but OK.

Steve Martin in Concert

Friday, July 8, 2011


Well, I haven't blogged at all this week, but it's been fairly busy.

Shot the press call for "That Day We Sang" on Monday - not something I usually do, but enjoyed it and looked like a great play. Didn't want to share anything until it opened to the public, but as it has now, here's a shot of the two leads.

That Day We Sang

From there, it was off to the Bridgewater Hall for Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli at Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Then the rest of the week off until last night when I shot Roger Daltrey at the Bridgewater again - not much by the way of light, and a bit of an iffy angle.

Roger Daltrey

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lust For Life

Always wanted to photography Iggy Pop, and got the chance today at Chester Rocks Day 2

Iggy Pop

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave

A bit of a disappointing start to my MIF shows - light was good (or it felt like it at the time) but the shots just don't really bear it out. Thought Sinead was better than Bjork last night (which I wasn't allowed to shoot, nobody was)

Sinead O'Connor