All the young dudes & a couple of girls

I had so many gigs on the wish list and already booked. I wanted to try to make the jump from someone who does the odd gig to getting authorised for arena gigs for some of the larger acts, and who knows, even a festival. Had already arranged and got authorised for Joanne Shaw Taylor and a meet & greet and was on the list for Joe Bonamassa at the Liverpool Arena. That was going to be epic. The UK Govt announced on March 20th that the UK was going into lockdown from 23rd March which meant the JST gig…

2020 Hindsight part 1

It all started so well! It was the year I was determined to enjoy my photography again and get my mojo back. I was determined to get out more birding, attempt some nightscapes with a new lens and I had a stack of gigs lined up with photo passes and a meet & greet for an intimate gig with Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Liverpool Arts Club. Harnessing that enthusiasm I was at Crosby Marine Lake on a bright and sunny January 3rd for a Long-tailed Duck. It was yet another 1st winter female, oh how I long for another…

Evolution of an image

In July last 2017, I attended the Summertime Festival at Pyramid Parr Hall, Warrington. The aim was for a friend and I to watch Joanne Shaw Tylor, however there were four bands performing that night, the aforementioned JST, Bad Touch, Stevie Nimmo Trio and Xander & The Peace Pirates. I tried to get a photo pass but failed so took my compact Canon G5X. A great little camera that really performs well but is no match for the bigger sister and my favourite, the 1DX. Anyway as the camera does not have a detachable lens, it was deemed safe to…

Are all Bass Players Deranged?

The bass player used to be the statue the back of the stage, hardly moving and just supplying the constant thrum to compliment the drum beats. Meanwhile upfront and centre was the exuberant guitarist, strutting his stuff, writhing around the stage in bouts of ecstasy whilst alternatively teasing and thrashing his instrument. However these days the bass players have sharpened their elbows and thrusting themselves to the front, no more hiding near the drum kit, the inner animal has been released. Some of the bass men that I’ve photographed over the last couple of years have been as entertaining as…

What’s in the Bag?

My Social Media feeds have been reminding me all week that I’m usually somewhere warm and tropical at this time of the year. Eight out of the last ten years I’ve been away with the camera. Each year there is the usual angst about what to take and what to leave at home. As I never put camera equipment in the hold of the aircraft it means everything has to stay in the cabin. Airlines have got stricter about the weight of cabin bags and often weigh them. Jeanette and I have the same discussions about how we carry all…

New Direction & New Heroes

It can’t have escaped anyone that either follows me or is friends with me on any of my social media platforms that 2018 was for me a year when I added a new photography genre into my portfolio. Live Rock photography. All my life I’ve been a rock music fan, mainly classic rock music with Led Zeppelin being top of the tree for me. Travelling as much as I do in my car I’ve had thousands of hours listening to my iPod/iPhone over the years whilst visiting customers. During that time I’ve sometimes complained that I would like to experience…