Posts Tagged 'Manchester'

And Oh Yeah It Was The End of The Summer…

Somewhat foolishly we decided to go for a walk last Sunday and I can truely say summer is over, like it ever begun I hear you say! Well after deciding to avoid the fair at Buile Hill Park, on account of it being over run with chavs, we headed off in the direction of Clifton Country Park. No mean feat in itself, as it must be a good 40 minute walk from the house alone. I havent been since March last year and the foilage, due in part probably to the recent heavy rain, was overgrown and stark contrast to my previous trip. The main reason for going was to get some shots of the epic 13 arch viaduct, but due to rain and the fact that all the new greenery hides a great deal of this massive structure I hardly got the camera out! After trapsing down winding muddy tracks for an hour or so and having crossed the full and fast flowing River Irwell, we finally got a proper look at it and despite the weather conditions and the fact that over half of is hidden; its still a site to behold!

After attemtping to take a couple of shots, we plodded on in the rain, it was at this point where it turned ugly! The rain got harder the wind more forceful and at one stage I felt like I was in Vietnam, tripod in hand rucksack on my back, horrendous weather and night closing in – as we hadnt set off till 6.30ish it was now getting on for 8ish. We finally made it home at around 9 and cooked a lovely chicken risotto and enjoyed a few large glasses of vino! I have since worked out that we walked 5.5miles that day which whilst that isnt unusual for me but Reet (Mrs.TdM) is not a big fan of walking, so hats off to her! :-)

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What That Wabbit Said…

Bugsy Low Res

Yes I’ve had a bit of a rest from the blog recently but then I have been extremely busy recently and I find blogging is one of those things that once you stop its hard to get back into and the procrastination is (sadly) high on my list of personality traits :-(

So here’s a little update of what I have been doing…

Way back in May (God is it that long since I last meant to blog, see how easy it is to let it slip!) I shot the launch of Jessie Rose trips debut single “Forever & a Day” and as always they didnt disappoint in style and musical ability, tipped for big things I hope they make it as they are deffinitely a cut above some of the duller clone bands doing the Manchester music scene at the moment. They were ably supported by Zarif, who has recently supported Beyonce and appeared on MTV. To see more pictures from the night click on the picture above.

Later on in marvelous May, I was invited by the lovely folks at  Vice Magazine to shoot their Stag and Dagger Festival, co-sponsored by Firetrap up in Leeds. This one dayer spread over several 5 venues in the student district of the town was great fun if a lil hectic and needing a chaffeur for the day I dragged along friend, music reviewer and record label dude Ben Savage. Once we had worked that the running order was badly worded on the programme and starting at mid-day and we had 5 hours to kill, we nipped over to a mates flat and chilled for a bit before the bands commenced. On show were, strangly mainly American and (I think) 1 Canadian band, those we got to see were; Wintersleep, Abe Vigoda, Crystal Antlers & White Denim.  Not given a real brief by Vice, I shot the bands (as most in my possition would have) and got a few incidentals, however looking again at other event coverage their togs tend to go mainly for crowd, people shots and humor rather than concentrating on whats going on on-stage, hence the tag-line on their website featuring my shots “Sweaty front men seem to be order of the day” – made me chuckle after the realisation dawned on me I had sort of broken some sort of Vice photographer code of practice ;-)

2 days later, another yearly date worth checking on the Manchester calendar rolled around, tired and a lil photo-ed out we were at Eurocultured. Another great mini festival, that see’s New Wakefield and Great Marlborough Streets  shut off to cars and turned into a multi staged event with bands, DJ’s, Street art, food stalls and all manner of other little delights. To be fair I was to tired and busy having fun to bother taking many shots but highlights included Broken £nglish & Riot Jazz, Mark XTC (Old School Hip-Hop) DJ Set on the Space Terrace and a mention must go to a band from Poland (I think) who were somewhat disturbing but hilarious, Dick 4 Dick! Singing in very basic English about being uber-gay and all manner of other things, dressed in leather and daubed in face-paint.

To Be Continued (I’m off out for a pint ;-)

Bench Mark

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthdayyear ago this Saturday I was in the Trafford Centre to cover the Bench “Flagship Manchester Store” opening and I dont think I have been back since; to be fair I loath the place! The Trafford Centre that is not Bench!

Anyway I digress; I was invited back again by Manchester based fashion label to cover the stores first birthday. A year ago, as you will see from the pictures (if you look) they laid on a big show in the Orient and had members of The Twang and former Inspiral Carpets Clint Boon DJ’ing in-store. Hopefully you will also see my shots have improved a lil bit since then ;-)

Bench Flagship Store 1st BirthdayThis year however, to celebrate the stores aniversary, they had two DJ’s in from Cream who were on hand to give any interested customers a few spins on the “wheels of steel” (**cough** CDJ’s)

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

To their credit those who took on the challenge and stepped up to the plate didnt put a foot wrong, there wasnt a single mashed-up mix; so either these guys gave good instruction or it really is easy to mix with CDJ’s ;-)

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st BirthdayWill update when these go up online, so you can have a butchers on the Bench website in the next day or two…

Mutineers – Deaf Institute 17/04/09

Mutineers - Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

Not shot any gigs in what seems like an age, I enjoy live music photography but it can get quite dull. These days I only tend to bother when the band is someone I know and like or I am being paid to be there ;-)

But as it happened I had heard good things about the venue and the band was someone I more than liked, it was my good mates the Mutineers. Have shot them many times before and various members in previous bands, so although I knew what to expect I knew the music wouldn’t mindlessly wash over me.

Mutineers - Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

Quite a tight, short set was enjoyed by all present and I managed to capture yet more great images of one of my favorite up and coming bands. Watch this space: Mutineers

Mutineers - Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

Surely the worlds largest disco ball, hangs from the sealing of the music hall.

Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

If you’ve not been to the Deaf Institute yet, you should, its an amazing old building with bars in the basement, ground floor and a live music venue on the first. The back of the old music hall is complete with old wooden seats that rise back into an auditorium.

Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

Behind the bar is the venues very on wall of sound, something which instantly caught my eye, the whole wall is literally crammed with speakers.

Deaf Institute, Manchester 17/4/09

The Return of an Old Favorite…

I am sure many Mancunians, used to frequenting the Northern Quarter, will be familiar with this old place. Though I never went prior to its closure, it has now been re-opened much to many locals delight. The building itself is grade II listed and has been serving ale since 1776! Apparently at t one stage it even had its own micro brewery out the back in a ramshackle shed cum garage.

Over the years the venue has seen many musical visitors including Mark E Smith from The Fall is a regular at one stage, as well as some early impromptu gigs from local favorites like Elbow, I Am Kloot, and Stephen Fretwell. Ian Curtis once did an interview in the Castle in 1979, even John Peel was known to pop in occasionally!

Now under new, forward thinking ownership, renovations are well underway and the place has begun a new chapter. Lots of exciting plans are been hatched so watch This Space more more info and details of up-coming events.

Definitely worth a visit for the atmosphere of a small old pub in the city and the “Old Tom” beer, at 8.6% its guaranteed to put hairs on your chest, that or flat on your back!

Inside The Castle

The Girl In The Shoe…

I have to say I am most definitely a fan of “Happy Accidents”

I have lost count of the amount of times I have pressed the shutter accidentally, taking a test shot or even just taking a half arsed snap and when reviewing at a later date thinking “Oh thats not actaully half bad”

Well thats what happened with the above shot, I was just playing around with a Zoom in LCE in Manchester the other day when I fired off this shot. To be totally honest I didnt think anything of it at the time and I was just seeing how sharp it would be fully zoomed in. Having looked at it a few days later I’m actually quite taken with it.

What do you reckon?

Successful, Sexy & Surreal Weekend (PT2)…

Divided Attention Shoot

So Saturday came and went and Sunday was underway, got myself up nice and early made sure all the kit was packed for todays photo shenanigans which was a full days location shoot with local Tameside band Divided Attention. After being picked up by Gillian, who was to be my assistant for the day, we headed off to meet the band.

Divided Attention Photoshoot

The brief for the shoot was fairly lose “just make us look cool” sort of thing but after initial discussions and some ideas I had suggested after our first meeting, they picked a reservior dogs style theme for the first location, hence the suits. After find a suitable spot and a few lighting adjustments I started snapping away.

Getting back to the car to get the guys to change out of suits we spotted an over zelous car park attentendant who seemed to be loitering about with intent (to dish out tickets) so we made a decision to move onto the next location: Castlefield.

Lots of scope for shooting down here and FREE parking (wahey). The lads got changed whilst Gill & myself had a coffee and more importantly for me a smoke; I hadnt had one so far that morning as I had stupidly left my lighter at home – doh.

Divided Attention Shoot Divided Attention Shoot

After a few shots in Castlefield, which has much to offer in the way of great spots for shooting, we made the short trip to a nearby canalside location, which used to be an old factory and is now covered in graffiti. This makes a great backdrop for shots and the place is pretty much destroyed now. I love it and will definitely be shooting there again, as previously I have only visited to take pictures of the graffiti.

Divided Attention Shoot

Divided Attention Shoot

After a short break in preceedings, we all met up at Dovestones Reservoir, which is over the other side of Ashton. This location has endless possibilities for either a model or band style shoot. The water, woods and surrounding rocky outcropped hills, make an epic backdrop and was in stark contrast to elsewhere we had shot earlier on in the day.

Unfortunately this is where Gill had to leave us, so there are no more behind the scenes shots to fill the space around my waffle, but will update as soon as I have some finished shots from the shoot.

All Pictures: Courtesy of Gillian Greenwood 2009.


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