December 15, 2006

Happy Holidays one and all!
However you choose to celebrate, I wish you a fun time and a prosperous 2007.

December 10, 2006

In Print
It's always nice to see your work in print, and this last month I have had photos turn up in a couple of places. The Arts Council (NorthWest) newsletter used a portrait shot of litfest Artistic Director, Andy Darby, whilst Animate magazine reproduced a portrait shot of Anna Daly from Ludus, in an article about her dance work.

December 06, 2006

Winter Blues
The last weeks of November feel like a headlong rush through the joys and long hours of litfest and on into a spate of family birthdays and then Christmas preparations for me. Along the way stopping to make a K9 model with Archie!

... and snap some family shots for the grandparents Christmas pressies!

November 14, 2006

View of the Week.
My lovely wife Carol, has now added a view of the week feature to her holistic therapy website, with images courtesy of me.

So, to see a changing view each week from Carol's therapy room window, hop over to flow therapies and take a look! And maybe book in for a treatment while you are at it!

November 03, 2006

Abolished? - Take 2.
It was another litfest jaunt yesterday, this time to The Priory to snap writer Cath Nichols, another of the Abolition project writers, talking to Tim Padfield of BBC Radio Lancashire.

Then on to Sunderland Point, that wonderfully remote headland, which gets cut off from the mainland by the Morecambe Bay tide occasionally. The third of the Abolition project writers, Chris Fittock was there with Tim Padfield again, to visit Sambo's grave and talk about his play.

November 01, 2006

Oooh, Spooky!
You know, I just love Halloween, and I know I probably shouldn't but it is just great fun. I spent 3 hours carving pumpkins on Monday night with my two boys ("I want a werewolf howling at the moon dad"), and I think produced some rather fine specimens.

On Tuesday (Halloween), I arrived home from work to a spookily decorated house, my zombie made-up kids all hyper and excited about the party they were off to, and Carol handing me a cup of tea and telling me to get my outfit on!

A bit of Bauhaus on the CD player, a spot of freaking out the trick or treaters, and then off to join the the party. Mid life crisis? What mid life crisis?
A short trip down to the quayside in Lancaster for me yesterday afternoon, for a quick press snap of Beth Broomby at the Slave Trade memorial (see S.T.A.M.P.).

Beth has written a short story for the Litfest and Lancaster Museums Service 'From Archives to Airwaves' project, and was being interviewed at the memorial by BBC Radio Lancashire, who will be broadcasting Beth's story (along with pieces by the two other writers on the project) this coming Sunday.

October 29, 2006

The Wedding of James and Helen.
I was at the lovely St. Mark's Church in Witton, Blackburn yesterday to photograph the wedding of James and Helen. The couple's happiness shone through the grey skies and managed to stave off the threatening rainstorm. The reception was held at The Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green. Plenty of smiling faces, and a very radiant looking couple.

Best wishes James and Helen, it was a lovely day.
Todays message is a simple 'thanks' to Ian Seed, another of the Flax001 authors who I notice has used one of the portrait shots I took of him on his own site, Shadowtrain.
Thanks Ian, good luck with Shadowtrain, see you at the Flax launch!

October 26, 2006

Loyne School Carnival.
My wife Carol, and our two boys were in the Lancaster Junior Library yesterday, enjoying half term, and were greeted on entering by a display of photographs which I had taken during the summer for the Loyne School of the children's summer carnival.

Ludus Dance had been there to teach the kids some moves before they paraded the grounds, and performed their dance moves for their watching parents and the pupils and staff of the neighbouring Ryelands School. The kids were all brilliant, and coped fantastically in the spectacular heat. And my boys were apparently hugely impressed that boring old dad should have his photos on display in public! Ah, kids eh? God bless 'em!

October 22, 2006 - festival of digital culture.
Went into town yesterday for another browse around folly's excellent exhibition at City Lab in Dalton Square and to watch the finale of, a community dance piece by Ludus Dance and members of the public who had registered to learn their secret dance moves via text message notifications. It was great fun, and my kids (grudgingly) enjoyed the exhibition too. I shall really look forward to next year's festival.

October 21, 2006

A Walk Around the Midland Hotel.
I had the great pleasure yesterday of accompanying another photographer (Simon Webb) around the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. For anyone who doesn't know the Midland, it is a unique Grade II listed, Art Deco building, and a huge symbol of Morecambe's once glorious past.

There's not actually much to see there right now, as Urban Splash are currently renovating the hotel and Simon is documenting the process for a planned book and exhibition. It's a pretty stripped-back looking building site at the moment. Iwas there to photograph Simon at work.

Simon's pictures look like being a great record of the building's transformation, and you can see some of them already on his website. thanks for arranging the visit Simon, it was a fascinating look at a fascinating building.

October 18, 2006

Peter Wild.
It was pointed out to me today that several of my recent portraits of author Peter Wild had made their way onto his website, and of course I couldn't resist taking a look.

Cheers Peter, I take it you liked them then! Peter has edited a new book coming out shortly and published by Sepents Tail called "Perverted by Language - fiction inspired by The Fall" - and funnily enough I was listening to The Fall on my CD player just this morning after I dropped the kids off at school. Ain't life strange?

October 14, 2006

Flax Books Postcards.
The Flax Books author postcards came out this week - and very nice they look too. There are 7 in total, in a variety of lovely colours. I really love the designs which were done by Martin Chester of Litfest. You can find out more about Flax Books at the litfest website.

Some of my shots also appear in the litfest06 festival brochure, which was also designed by Martin.
You can hear extracts of the writer's reading their own work in podcast form by following the links from the litfest website.

October 07, 2006

Kirstie & Daniel's Wedding.
I was at the Lancaster Priory recently for the wedding of Kirstie and Daniel. It was my first time photographing at a church I look out upon from my window every day. It's right next to Lancaster Castle and a beautiful venue. The sun came out on schedule after a dismal week and it was a great day. We went up to the Lancaster House Hotel for photos and the reception afterwards, and the guests were admirably entertained by David Lancaster, a local magician ( Daniel's bemused face when David produced a bottle of champagne from a scarf will last a while yet I think.
Kirstie and Daniel, "good luck" and thanks for a lovely day.
Opening Night!
So I guess this will be my place to let you know about the jobs I'm currently working on, the people I meet and how it all goes.

That's a picture of me by the way, just in case you wondered.

It's been a busy time recently, plenty of enquiries coming in from couples looking to get married next year, sometimes the year after (wish I was that good at planning!). And a few portrait jobs which I always love doing. I've been shooting several local authors for Flax Books (see, and working with their excellent designer (Martin Chester) to use the images on promotional postcards and the like. It's been quite a fun experience and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished results soon. For now here's a sneak preview of some of the shots...

Hendryk Jane Ian Mollie

Andrew Lynne, and Peter.