Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: email@example.com or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu.
As usual at this time of year, I’m sat on my arse watching the Tour de France instead of taking photographs – I did however get on my bike and go and take this one of Rapha posters in Manchester city centre advertising Le Tour. I think the “Acts Of Bravery Every Day Of The Week” one probably refers to commuting in rush hour down Chester Road where I took this photo.
Graffiti and street art are up my street, so I Now Then Manchester magazine asked me to write a review of Skyliner’s Field Trips to look at examples that litter/light up Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s the first thing I’ve written for them since the magazine became on-line only (I’m just a print tart at heart), but I can commend the magazine to you, dear readers.
Skyliner researches and writes very informative psychogeography pieces about Manchester that have more than once sent me out to look and photograph the underbelly of the fair city, so am very happy to commend the field trips to you.
Issue 15 of The Modernist magazine looks at “E for Entertainment” and is as erudite and eccentric as ever. My contribution to is called “Self Destruct” about the depiction of the destruction of New York City in films – it joins articles on Odeon cinema design, the Vox Phantom guitar and the golden age of kinetic board games.
You really should buy the magazine – your £5 will support the society’s work, but you can read my piece here…
“For the modern cyclist” comes ‘Souplesse’ – a one-off publication from Manchester Modernist Society, which includes my photo story “The T’fosi” about Britain’s cycling fans. Please support this publication by buying a copy for £4 direct from The Modernists.
A few posts ago I mentioned how my George Orwell 1984 collection, including Big Brother’s head from the Royal Exchange’s 2010 production, has been sent to the USA to be permanently held by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. They kindly sent me a snap of BB perched on high watching everything they did in the headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
They also acquired all the prints from my Reality TV exhibition about CCTV that was seen at the Royal Exchange and later at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Part of the deal has involved me looking again at the work and the research behind it, so don’t be surprised if there are a few more things from me about the culture of surveillance.