Manchester photographer

British Association for Applied Linguistics conference

A few weeks ago I photographed the latest BAAL conference at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I find it really interesting to cover conferences as you get thrown into the deep end of academic research in subjects that you previously hadn’t really thought all that much about. BAAL this year was no exception, some extremely interesting themes and insights into language acquisition, learning foreign languages and linguistic changes brought about by emerging technologies.

As freelance photographers we often don’t get feedback on our work after the event, so it was very pleasing to get this response from the conference organiser:

‘I’ve just downloaded the photos – absolutely fantastic. I’ve never given a photographer such a haphazard brief and had it nailed so well, so thanks very much. I wouldn’t hesitate to use you again based on these.’

If you’d like me to photograph a conference for you either in Manchester, the North or across the country, please get in touch via email or using the contact form on the About page of the site.

British Ecological Society Summer School

The British Ecological Society’s summer school is a week long residential field experience for students studying sciences at A-level, Scottish Higher and other similar qualifications. This year 31 students from 7 different schools across the UK gathered at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. I was there as documentary photographer giving an overview of the day’s activities and providing marketing and social media material.

As ever, working for BES was extremely interesting, a personal highlight being the nature walk led by Dr. Daniel Forman, lecturer in Biosciences at Swansea University. I’d walked the same route as part of the Pennine Way last year but his fascinating insights into the ecology around us was illuminating.

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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