In 1990, my friend Andrew Erskine was managing Liverpool band Shack. They'd recorded songs for their new album, and the first single “I Know You Well” was about to be released. The band was in Crash rehearsal rooms, and practising for a promotional tour to plug the single. I took 2 rolls of black and white Ilford HP5 Plus in minimal tungsten and fluorescent light. Not knowing how the photographs might come out, we decided to find a external location and shoot some more.
I really hoped this opportunity would help kick start my photography ambitions, and turn them into the reality of music press publication. Alas, like the ill-fated Waterpistol album is was not to be. Some years later, a version of the recording was released but the photos were never seen. Now a second reissue is imminent and my photos will be used as part of the sleeve notes. I have organised an exhibition and sale of the prints, after which the photographs will be available to purchase along with any other image on this site.
John Morales The M+M Mixes volume IV
The Ultimate Collection
On 31st of November 2016, I was asked to cover Liverpool's first Disco Festival for Bido Lito! The event was organised by Hustle, Suncebeat and Southport Weekender. They brought in world renowned DJs from across the planet, playing not only Disco but House, Techno, Hip Hop, Funk and Soul from the last 6 decades. It was a big event with seven stages, a roller disco and a live set from New York's finest Odyssey.
I took masses of images, and at midnight, I headed across town to shoot legendary Reggae/Punk DJ Don Letts. It was a busy night, and the following days edit was a daunting task. Safe to say, one photograph stood out from the rest -an iconic shot of John Morales, the man who pioneered the extended mix back in the late 70s. After that of issue of Bido Lito! was released, John tracked me down and I sent him the Raw file. Now, my photograph graces the inside gatefold sleeve of a worldwide product. I am proud to have John as a friend and to be able to use his quote “It only takes one photo and it's one of my favs”.
Bido Lito! Liverpool New Music and Arts Publication
After being introduced to the editorial team of Craig G Pennington, Christopher Torpey, Sam Turner and Bethany Garrett at Bido Lito!, I was asked to shoot the cover for their February 2016 issue.The studio session of Tom Low, (formerly Thomas McConnell) was commissioned to coincide with the release of his single, 'Telephone' which was recorded and produced entirely on his iPhone. Tom has gone on to form TVME, a three piece band I have had the pleasure of capturing live on many occasions.
In April 2016, I photographed singer songwriter Nick Ellis in the former law courts at Liverpool's historic St.Georges Hall. Nick has released several albums on the Mellowtone label, as well as gigs supporting names as diverse as Michael Chapman and Steve Mason. Other feature shoots for this magazine have included the globally renowned Bongo's Bingo event, Liverpool Disco Festival and the Smithdown Road Festival .My live work for the magazine has help me capture performers from many different nations. Acts as diverse as Imarhan from Algeria to Denmark's Powersolo. Bido Lito! is an important platform for my work and has helped me make contacts in the music industry at home here in Liverpool and across the world.
AVIATOR The Strawberry Field Sessions
After securing the position of in-house photographer for Liverpool One Bridewell Public House and Eatery, I worked closely with the staff to create menus, advertising and archive photographs for the venue's website. The Pub was a creative hub and meeting place for musicians, playwrights, journalists, comedians and actors. The first floor events space hosted a variety of legendary evenings including gigs, and book launch events with Waterstones. Names included author Kevin Sampson, The Real People, His & Hers Magazine, Ian McNabb and local new music and art publication Bido Lito!
One of these evenings, a homecoming AVIATOR gig, was recorded and used on a 10 track CD. My photographs captured the energy and feel of the live music and were used by French graphic designer Pascal Blua for both the front and back cover.
His & Hers Magazine Special Holiday Edition
After converting from film cameras to digital, I teamed up with my contacts at Weavers Door and Boudoir Boutique to produce a fashion editorial for His & Hers Magazine. It was a great opportunity to meet and work for the magazine's editor and publisher Emma Hill. The shoot led onto further work for Weavers Door Journal, a highly acclaimed online publication, and a Zandra Rhodes instore event for Boudoir Boutique.
Drome Promotional Cards
In 97 I worked for Tim Keating and Louise Kavanagh at Drome, their independent fashion store in Liverpool. I was commissioned to take images that would later be used to promote their business at National and International trade fairs. The photographs where used to make postcards that where also distributed to fashion designers, wholesales and customers alike. I still have close links with the company, now branded as Weavers Door Menswear and Boudoir Boutique.
Inner City 88-89
Inner City was a fanzine, a pocket sized booklet which I published with a friend. It was solely funded by small independent traders and the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre.
Although this venture only lasted 6 months we got to photograph and interview indie rock band Pop Will Eat Itself, teen heart throb and media puppet Jason Donovan and DJ, broadcaster and record label boss Giles Peterson. This was my first venture after studying photography for 2 years at Southport Technical College. Not strictly a job, but you've gotta start somewhere...