New facility opening for DB Cargo

DB recently opened their new facility in Wolverhampton close to the heartland of the West Midlands motor industry. I covered the launch, giant hangars dwarfing giant trains delivering giant rolls of steel.

I visited the West Midlands twice last year to cover stories related to Britain’s motor industry. The new facility pictured below to deliver and house steel by Deutsche Bahn Cargo and before that on a commission for German business magazine WirtshaftsWoche to document German manufacturer Brose’s factory making seats and equipment for Jaguar Land Rover.

Food for thought in these uncertain times.

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Blazing Winter vs. The Beast from the East...

A few pictures from a hike up Helvellyn in the Lake District on 22nd February 2019…full sun, 16°C

And some from the Old Man of Coniston on 28th February 2018, bitten by the Beast from the East, -5°C with wind chill to -17°C. Ice axes, crampons, all phone batteries dead from hypothermia.

British Ecological Society Conference

Covering events for the British Ecological Society you get to hear talks from Britain and the world’s leading ecologists. It’s always fascinating - and sometimes terrifying. I imagine that studying ecology during one of the most significant extinction events in the history of the Earth must be both depressing and hugely motivating.

Last time was at their annual conference in December 2018, I’m looking forward to the next one and hopefully some better news.

Nick Freeman

It’s not everyday you get to cruise around Cheshire in a Jaguar XK120, let alone when its 28 degrees outside. Happily, they were the conditions when I photographed motoring lawyer to the stars Nick Freeman for the Sunday Times ‘Me and My Motor’ section.

We found out that classic cars don’t really enjoy idling in the baking heat, but after a bit of cooling off in the shade, we got the job done.

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Ian & Andrew McMillan

It was a real pleasure to photograph poets Andrew McMillan and his father Ian for the Sunday Times ‘Relative Values’ feature a few months ago.

I’ve known of Ian’s work from his appearances on radio shows in my youth and of course he’s the official poet of Barnsley Football Club. It was really enjoyable to spend a couple of hours with them discussing football and poetry. Mainly football, my poetry knowledge being sadly lacking.

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Nadia Nadim for Scandinavian Airlines

I've met a lot of sportspeople in my time but I'm not sure I'll ever meet one as inspirational as Nadia Nadim. An Afghan refugee, Danish football international, trainee surgeon, speaker of nine languages and Manchester City's current number 10.

It was great to work with renowned sports journalist Claire Bloomfield and Swedish design agency Off The Wall on this commission for Scandinavian Airlines.

 

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown: Shipwreck drawings

This is an exhibition of a extraordinary series of drawings by Cecily Brown, of wrecked ships and their passengers. Brown’s practice of painterly interrogation of an existing image, here takes on one of the most celebrated paintings in the world; Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. Also taking inspiration from other Old Masters, notably Delacroix, Brown re-examines human presence, figuration and representations of maritime tragedy throughout history

17 November – 15 April 2018

Shot at the opening of Shipwreck Drawings at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 

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Research Matters Magazine

As much as I seem to spend  my entire life checking websites to see if they've been updated since I last checked thirty seconds ago, and I've spent the last months square-eyed setting up this new website; it never gets boring to see your work printed on actual, physical, inky paper. Especially if that paper goes on to be published. So, I was delighted to pick up the latest edition of MMU's Research Matters magazine.

Stu Wilkin of THMedia and I started working on the first edition of this publication many years ago now, so I was pleased to see my work still featuring heavily in it and to see that after a recent redesign it's looking better than ever.

Many thanks to Jackie Rees and the staff at Manchester Metropolitan University's Department of Health and Social Care for their co-operation with the shoots.

Many thanks to Jackie Rees and the staff at Manchester Metropolitan University's Department of Heaslth and Social Care for their co-operation with the shoots.

The Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn was in Manchester yesterday for the launch of the Labour election campaign. I caught up with the campaign bus in my home town of Wythenshawe.

David Cameron came here and someone waved an imaginary gun at him, cue a frenzy of demonising 'chavs' and hoodies all over the papers. Corbyn turns up, gets treated like a returning hero and guess what? No one's bothered.

If only everywhere was like Wythenshawe, the people of Wythenshawe might stand half a chance...

Night at the Museum

A commission from Manchester Museum to document a recent evening event as part of the Adult Programme. The highlight for me was a cyanotype workshop by Angela Tait and Ian Clegg of ATIC. These days the UV tubes they use to expose the images are considered a Health & Safety concern, yet it wasn't long ago they were used in sunbeds!

 

It's well worth checking out the Museum Meets programme for upcoming evening social events where artists, scientists, film makers, writers and musicians animate the collections in special one-off performances.

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