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Kendal Called (Updated)

OK so this really is a quick post on the fly as I have gotta dash out, but if I don’t make a start on it I wont get round it! I will flesh it out with some words tomorrow. The long and short of it is as I reported a while back that I got invited to shoot for Kendal Calling festival off the back of the organisers seeing some of my generic festival photos from last years event.

**UPDATED**

Well I went, I saw I shot! There were definitely some great bands on show and the festival overall was a massive improvement on last year, with many more and certainly cleaner toliets to boot! I have a feeling that it will grow in to something special over the next few years and if the organisers can hang on to the current site, Lowther Deer Park, although not strictly in Kendal I think I shall look forward to this event for many more years to come. Having a press pass this year and standard photo policy of first three songs and no flash definitelty made me concentrate my effort and I am pleased with the images I captured.

Highlights for me this year would have to be The Streets, Skinner and co turned in a top performance and were a delight to shoot, unlike a lot of dull rock bands he was keen to come to the front of the stage and throw some shapes. The same could be said for Ash, who have aged well andand turned a great headline set on the Sunday evening, like Skinner they worked the stage and got the crowed amped up during an an energetic set, most notably the bassist, who having few lines to sing worked the amp and his portion of the stage like a true rock legend!

Essential festival wear, even I sprung for wellies this year not wanting to get caught and a I was glad I did, after heavy rain on the Friday evening and further showers on the following morning the lush green grass of Lowther Deer Park quickly turned to red clay mud!

Last years stand out performance by far for me was DJ Yoda’s genre defying mash up mix, throwing together the likes of the Antiques Roadshow theme, The Simpsons, assorted drum and bass and quite ironically at the time Jay Z and Wonderwall back to back, it all sounds wrong but it worked, believe me. Well this years cool crown definitely went Mr. Beardy Man, this guy is a beat boxing legend. Accompanied by a guitarist he managed to pull of Misirlou (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack), Outta Space (Prodigy), Superstylin (Groove Armada) and Feeling Good (Nina Simone) amongst countless other amazing feats of lip, breathing and vocal control.

Craig Charles rounded stuff off late on the Sunday evening / Monday morning with a pounding funk and soul DJ set, I was a bit bemused to see him on the line up but apparently he has a radioshow on 6 music and boy he didnt disappoint a rammed tent of tired and muddy festival folk.

Special mention should go to Andy and Kevin who we met up with on more than one occaision in the photo-pit. Often when you meet other photographers, of a certain standard at events like this there is the potential, lets face for them to be completely stuck up their own A**ES! But these guys were two of the nicest pro togs I have met to date, check out their work if you get a second.

To see more pictures from the festival simply click on any of the shots and that will take you to the whole set on Flickr, featuring Ash, The Streets, The Zoutons, Idlewild, Goldie Looking Chain, Nine Black Alps, Sunshine Underground, Beardy Man, Cornershop, The Rumble Strips, The Kabeedies, Craig Charles (DJ Set),
Howard Marks and lots more.

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Hogging The Lime – Light!

After two trips now to this once thriving yet hidden piece of industry in the Derbyshire countryside, it has captured my imagination. Both times I saw and captured uniquely different scenes, primarily because I shot with different formats on both occasions.

The first outing to these former lime kilns all the shots were on 35mm colour film, on my trusty sidekick the Olympus OM10. The below shot by far the best of the handful of shots I took that evening and its fast becoming one of my favorite shots to date, the grass of course isn’t really red! That was achieved by flash gun gelled red and the interior of the old building lit with lime green (ironically)

Temple

Ever since I saw images of this place I have longed to come here at night, as the architecture is so strangely disproportionate to the original indented use. The buildings are a strange blend of super urbanistic future army base cum prison crossed with Myan / Inca temples from the far off rain forests of South America.

My second trip was admittedly more positive photography wise, not only cos we arrived pre darkness but I was accompanied by someone who knew where most of the sites buildings were situated, last time it was a case of follow ones nose in the darkness and see what we find which all be it was fun and I captured the above image, which I am extremely happy with, its pretty much always better to “be prepared” (eh scouts!) Anyway the following shots were taken on said second outing on a beautifully clear night…

Bridge of Cy (an) s

Bridge of Cy (an) s

Middle Thirds and sheep Turds!

Middle Thirds and Sheep Turds

Temple of Bloom

Temple of Bloom

Tonights Light Painting Was Bought To You By The Letter "A"

Tonight’s Light Painting Was bought to you by the Letter A

Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

Coming Back To What You Know…

Ok so a couple of posts are long over due, so here goes. I’m glad to say I didn’t waste the long weekend bank holiday brought, as we headed off to the Lake District for the weekend. As soon as I shut up shop at work on Friday afternoon / evening it was straight up the motorway to the wonderful Wasdale Valley.

Friday evening was grotty to say the least but after arriving and pitching up once the drizzle had subsided we settled into the swing of things and food was soon underway. On the menu that evening was spaghetti bolognaise and dressed salad, prepared by top camp chef Gideon (pictures later). After eating and a glass or two of vino and several cans, spotting that the weather was on the turn for the better, we headed out for a spot of night shooting.

Have to say I wasn’t overly pleased with the shots I captured and wished I had brought along my film camera for our first foray into the darkness but hey ho. Here’s a couple of shots for you to judge…

By no means my best work but there you go, we live and learn. As we stumbled back to camp, quite literally at times, we got a little lost but soon managed to locate the sound of the river that runs along the back of the campsite and back to camp. After dumping gear and kinda cursing digital as it wasn’t really playing fair with me that evening; so I got out my trusty Olympus and left a shot going for twenty or so minutes of this cracking 2CV Special whilst we downed another beer and chatted into the small hours for a while.

2CV

Only lighting I used here was literally at the start of the exposure to focus, as it was knocking on a bit and didn’t want to arouse suspicion or disturb anyone, needless to say I was busting to know what it turned out like but had to wait over a week to see the results, I was pretty pleased when I finally did!

Saturday soon sauntered through the door and begun with a hearty breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, black pudding, toms and mushrooms and the occasional fresh coffee. What more could one want to start the day and wipe the slate clean of the previous nights excursions! I had already pre-planned that we would walk to Kirk Fell circular and was most impressed when my girlfriend threw her hat into the ring for the challenge. Its not an overly strenuous trek for the experienced walker but the initial climb, I have decided is tough on anyone in any weather, particularly a smoker (me) and my girlfriend who is not a keen walker and had to take regular breaks. That said the rewards are great and the views spectacular. Gideon even manged to post a photo to flickr, as he stormed on ahead, via his iPhone.

That said this route pails in comparison to going straight up the nose of Kirk Fell, a route only attempted by idgits in my opinion.

Anyway once to the top of Beck Head which nestles between Kirk Fell and Great Gable (with routes up to both) after a short break and a sarnie we headed left up a craggy section that leads onto Kirk Fell. Once on top its a short haul across to the first (false) summit. I was deceived by this on my first trip up here, well actually my second but the story of my first trip up here is best reserved for friends! I digress, anyway the views from up here are stunning, with a completely different perspective of Gable…

Great Gable

After the initial yet forewarned slight disappointment of the false summit we headed over to the (real) summit which is nicely and very necessarily topped with a shelter, its very blustery and exposed up here. We stopped here for a quick (very smug) brew with the aid of the Pocket Rocket™ . This always proves invaluable and often has other walkers stomping off in green envy. As a friend and I once discovered when whipping up some curried Chinese noodles with fresh chilies and dried prawns up at Esk Hause shelter. Mmmmmmmm whats that lovely smell!

There was just time before we set off from the shelter for a quick shot, to celebrate my girlfriends first summit! From the summit and indeed all the way across Kirk Feel right from Beck Head to the crags at the back side are metal fence posts making it nye on impossible to get lost, again something else I wish I had known the very first time I came up here, unprepared and badly clothed. As you reach the far side of the Fell you are presented with what is probably one of my favorite descents. The initial clamber being about 5 or so feet vertical drop. I the cragy view from up here is pretty spectacular.

We all made it safely down (some slower than others) had a brief rest and then trudged off through Mosedale Valley in the direction of the pub, for a well earned beer / coke depending on your persuasion!

"I Did'nt Watch My Buddies Lay Face Down In The Mud For Nothing..."

Once back at camp, we had a wonderful BBQ of lamb burgers, sausages, potato salad, chorizo kebabs along with other culinary delights, prepared mainly by chef G and the misses, cos I was too busy p*ssing about taking photos apparently! However don’t worry I didn’t escape light handed and ended up doing the washing up all weekend and was chief brewer – upper!

Long exposure of the campsite, don’t know why I never thought of doing this before the blown out section above the tent to the left is the shower block, which shines brightly through the trees to guide weary campers and “crazy three peakers” back to their tents / cars throughout the night.  I love the torch lights that steam fro one side of the frame to the other. I think this was all we managed on the Saturday night as we over indulged on red wine round the barbie that evening and it was probably a wise move as (apparently) it rained most of the night but sadly I slept through it all :-)

There’s all Sunday to tell you about still but I think I’ll leave it for now as I have said / shown you more than enough for now, you can see “Britain’s Best Loved View” more light painting, including my first waterfall at night and more besides here

Summit and iphone accent photos by Gideon Foster

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…

A Boy & His Barn Owl…

A boy and his barn owl...

Ok so this isn’t an everyday occurrence but during a recent fashion shoot, we stopped off at a models apartment for a quick break and low and behold he’s only got a barn owl as a pet! I was totally blown away. Not an amazing shot as one I didnt wanna use flash and (twit) twoo available light was very dim.

The shots from the shoot will be used by a new up and coming internet based fashion magazine “Dorkzine” and will hopefully go live this Sunday, I shall report back as soon as I know more. But for now here’s a few more shots, the shoots theme was colour…

Dork Shoot - Colours

Me being me I have been desperate to work light painting into a fashion shoot for sometime but whilst waiting for darkness to descend and in keeping with the colour motif, I used graffiti as a nice backdrop. Later on obviously the lights and gels came out ;-)

Dork Shoot - Colours

Photographer: Jon Shackleton (www.tdmphotography.co.uk)
Assistant Photographer: Gideon Foster
Stylist: Lucy Ellis
Make Up: Shell Sullivan
Model (Male): Toni Le Britton
Model: (Female): Johanna Scott

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

Acting Like a Dork!

Sneak peek at last nights Dorkzine photoshoot, the theme was colour. This shot is pretty much unedited but liked the look of it so thought I would up it quickly. Whilst we were waiting for the light to fade a bit so I could get to work on combining light painting with fashion, something I have wanted to do for sometime, we decided to shoot against the colourful graffiti backdrop of an old pumping house.

Photographer: Jon Shackleton (www.tdmphotography.co.uk)

Assistant Photographer: Gideon Foster

Stylist: Lucy Ellis

Make Up: Shell Sullivan

Model (Male): Toni Le Britton

Model: (Female): Johanna Scott


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