Friday, 5 August 2011

New website

My good friend Guy Woodier (above) has been working hard giving my site an overhaul. The new look website is now live under a new address;

More work to be added shortly...

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Meatyard Projections at Whitworth Art Gallery

Come along to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on the 17th December for an evening of photographic projections and live music. Its free so, hope to see you there...

Friday, 24 September 2010

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Rencontres d'Arles

Back out to sunny Arles tomorrow to take part in a Meatyard Arts exhibit. More details here...

Friday, 4 June 2010


Teaching over at Manchester Art Gallery all weekend, in response to the work of Dorothy Bohm. The exhibitions on until the end of August though.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Still alive

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

#1 Max

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Last Thursday was the official World Book Day, with many book fans showing appreciation for their favorite characters... Who would you choose?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

R.I.P Urbis

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On Saturday the day finally came that Urbis closed its doors for the last time. This is terrible news, not only for the staff made redundant, but a massive blow to Manchester's cultural outlook. or lack of! This article maybe hits the nail on the head. Stay tuned for lots of redundancy based work, yes I'm very bitter and self pitying...

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Exhibition 8th February - Urbis

The photography course I created and delivered was a great success with great help from visiting lectures from Meatyard Arts and Manchester Photography. I am pleased now to announce that a selection of work created by the participants will be on show at URBIS in Manchester from the 8th Feb. So if your in town swing by and say hello 6-8pm for the private view.

Monday, 18 January 2010

#6 Sixties Ceramics

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Taken from the series 'Collectors'

Sunday, 17 January 2010

#4 Proposals

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Taken from the series 'Good Books'

Thursday, 14 January 2010


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I take a lot of portraits, many of which are part of a series or broader project. However, every now and again I take a portrait that is simply a portrait and yet it holds me and makes me question the way I define my work. My work, often typologies, become conceptual documents which may now be typical to what we are told constitutes an 'art' photograph. Its portraits like this that makes me question this very notion. Looking back at art over the centuries, the past masters of painting would be commissioned to create portraits of the significant and wealthy. As time past these paintings aged and became desirable, displayed, bought and sold in the art market, often regardless of 'who' the portrait may be depicting. So I guess this is the point to this post, in a couple of hundred years will portraits that photographers are taking today, possibly the simplest of editorial portrait commissions, will these be the for sale within a futuristic gallery somewhere ready to be bought and hung in pride of place in someones futuristic home?

Anyway that may be a terribly written rant that doesn't make any sense to anyone, but the point I was getting at is can I just create work as 'art' that is made merely 'because'? devoid of concept?

To answer my own question, YES

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

# 3 Philidelphia

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Taken from the series 'souvenirs I have from places I've never been'

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

#2 Storm Trooper

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Taken from the series 'star wars portraits'

Monday, 11 January 2010

Arles 2009

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Oopps, This doesn't count as a missed day because I don't class a day as over until I go to sleep!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

#3 Learning To Love You More

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Taken from the series 'Good Books'

Saturday, 9 January 2010

#7 Electrician

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Taken from the series 'Amateur Referees'

Friday, 8 January 2010


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