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A YEAR IN PHOTOS - 2012 - MY FAVOURITES

It's been both a pleasure and a privilege to get up close this year with some of my favourite artists in the photo pit. It's hard to selection one favourite shot of the year, as I covered around 46 shows this year, so I shall just choose my favourite ones, for various reasons.....so in no particular order of preference....here goes!

Jessie Rose - A Manchester trio, fronted by the flame haired Jessie Rose, a perfect combination of great music and style. At my most recent show the lighting was fabulous, and I love the way the white light is shining glowing behind. One of the most striking women to photograph live - and she plays a mean guitar too.

Adam Ant - This is the third time I have photographed Adam and he never fails to disappoint, he's still got that star quality by the bucket load, and sells out every show. A star act, which leaves your heart racing as he rushes around the stage you try to capture something special within the 3 songs allocated.

Scissor Sister - Manchester went wild for them as they shimmied there way through a sensational set at Manchester Academy. It was great being only one of 3 photographers in the pit. This is my favourite of Ana Matronic, and I just managed to catch her quickly as she posed under the green lights.

Jack White - whilst not technically a great photo, [as it was only taken by my little Canon point & shoot] I did manage to get something which all live show photographers strife for...and that is personal interaction with their subject. Here I fleetingly managed to capture Jack looking straight into my camera and I can tell you it felt great. This show was one of the best of the year for me too.

Charlotte Hatherley of Sylver Tongue - supporting Bat For Lashes entered the glorious Gothic Manchester Cathedral in a marvellous outfit, attitude and looking extremely rock & roll. This is what we want!! I love the expression on her face as she glances over at her bass player.

 

Tim Burgess - everyone loves Tim, a legendary figure from The Charlatans. This was taken at The Deaf Institute and whilst the lighting was a shocking bright red throughout I did manage to get this shot of Tim peeking out from under his long fringe which I really liked.

The Damned - Dave Vanian is someone I had a little crush on during the early punk years, and I got the opportunity to shoot through the whole show recently at the Ritz. Another show where the lighting left a lot to be desired, namely a bright green beam of light shining in Dave's face. However this black & white shot manages to create for me the Dave of yesteryear, he looks about 25!

Choking Susan - Rebellion Punk Festival was one of the most amazing festivals on this years calendar, and I shot 37 bands in total, in a mesmerising 3 day period. I have many favourite shots from the weekend, but this for me sums up the spirit of the festival. I love this shot of Colleen Caffeine it shows a strong sense of self and that's why I used it on the Mudkiss Calendar 2012. I still have a few left if anyone wants to buy one.

Emilie Autumn - always a pleasure to be at one of her shows, where you can expect a riotous show of colour, theatrics, music and beauty, and one I thoroughly enjoyed shooting this year. Although I love photographing Emile the erotic fan show from Naughty Veronica of her 'Bloody Crumpets' was stunning.

 

Chris Isaak - Chris has been on my photography to do list for some time, having been a big fan for many years, and it was a couple of years since he played Manchester. And to my amazement and utter delight I found myself being the only photographer at the show in the Bridgewater Hall. I even got a personal connection, a smile and pose and here it is.

Morrissey - Yet again another connection, I caught his eye and he even gave a stop right there hand sign [I'm joking of course]! Morrissey possessed an abundance of charisma at the MEN show and I even went and bought a ticket from a tout for £10 it was well worth it!

The Virginmarys - Danny Dolan is an amazing drummer, and it took me several rounds of clicks before I could finally capture some of his action in Liverpool. So looking forward to their new album next year, a fantastic live band!

 

The Raveonettes - probably one of the most difficult shows I've ever had to shoot in that it was mainly backlighting and so very dark. This was the one shot I captured which I think sums the band up really well, plus I kind of like it too.

Ren Harvieu - no one strikes a pose quite like Ren, who has been hailed as Manchester's next big sensation. Shown here at the Ritz the colourful dress and vivid blue lighting was simply as stunning as her voice. The night was full of love and admiration for an almost shy Ren Harvieu as she performed in her hometown.

Palma Violets - I love the expression on Chilli Jesson's face. Taken at Liverpool's International Festival Of Psychedelia festival earlier this year. They gave such a spellbinding performance, which triggered a spectator into such an implosion of emotions that she danced topless to a bemused crowd.

Jordan Reyne - one of the first gigs of the year @ Railway Venue, Bolton, a charming woman with a taste for folk and electronic music. The multi coloured lighting and use of the smoke machine gave an almost ethereal dream like quality to the photographs.

 

Icarus Line - supporting Killing Joke last May a snake hipped, iggy/Bowiesque singer called Joe Cardamone took to the stage and I was literally blown away. Here he is oozing sexuality and animal magnetism. Mudkiss Andy interviewed him a little later...

 

Morton Harkett - the Aha singer was appearing at the Bridgewater Hall, and I witnessed a great show from the 2nd row courtesy of his Management. Yet another ticked off my photography to do list. That man has got a painting in the attic!

 

And finally last but not least  - The Mudkiss Music Showcase which featured The Phoenix Experiment & Dressing For Pleasure - these photos were taken at an event we organised in Bolton. I loved the madness of the stage layout, the atmospheric psychedelic lighting effects, the smoke and to cap it all the sound was incredible.

The End