Live music

I used to keep the ticket stubs (I still have many) to record the gigs I’ve attended but now I tend to take a camera and at least once during a set push my way towards the front to form a new log of the live music I’ve enjoyed. My biggest regret was not taking my camera to a Sex Pistols gig when I was one of an audience of about 30 people – I’ve vowed not to make that sort of mistake again…

Here’s some rather more recent music photography:

Haley Bonar, live music at the Green Door Store, Brighton
Flyying Colours from Australia at The Komedia, Brighton for The Great Escape 2015
Billy Bragg at the first Together the People festival in Brighton
Savages play live on stage at the Concorde 2 venue Brighton
Temples on the Radio 6 Music Stage, Latitude Festival 2014
Neil Cowley Trio on the Film & Music Stage, Latitude Festival 2014
American artist Julia Holter performing live at the Concorde 2 venue Brighton
Brett Anderson and Suede at Together the People festival 2016. Brighton
Anna Calvi playing at The Brighton Dome during Brighton Festival 2015
Italian heavy metal band Exilia on stage at the O2 Academy, London
Joe Brown with guest Dave Edmunds at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival 2008
Axes at the Prince Albert, Brighton
The Vulgarities
Curst Sons at Brighton Komedia
Ray Blk live on stage at the Brighton Dome, Great Escape Festival 2017
Rag’n’Bone Man at the Brighton Dome, Great Escape Festival Brighton 2017
Dirty Bombers at Brighton Komedia
Kate Tempest at the Corn Exchange-  The Great Escape 2015
Thurston Moore on the Radio 6 stage at Latitude Festival 2015
Tom Robinson band on the Radio 6 stage at Latitude Festival 2015
Steve Diggle of The Buzzcocks at Vintage at Goodwood Festival 2010
Glen Matlock, Mick Hucknall, Ronnie Wood and Ian McLagan of The Faces perform at Vintage at Goodwood, 2010
The Caezars on stage at Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
Shingai Shoniwa with The Noisettes: Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Jessie and the Orbits at Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
Captain Sensible playing with The Damned at Vintage at Goodwood Festival, 2010

Alt people

I am drawn to want to photograph people who are a little different – their character, lifestyles or maybe simply their natural beauty. Here’s a selection of images of such people. I have a relatively simple technique – I encourage them to be themselves.

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Young Korean Asian woman standing in living room in evening dress looking defiantly at camera

 

“Vintage”

Mrs H. has more than a passing interest in historical costume and because of this I find myself at various events aimed at those who enjoy music from and go further by adopting authentic dress from the last century – retro or vintage, whatever you choose to call it, but usually great style!

For 2011 Wayne Hemingway centred his Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
2011 Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
Vintage festival on London’s South Bank.
2011 Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
Vintage festival on London’s South Bank.
Vintage style living room complete with David Essex vinyl.
2011 Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
2011 Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
For 2011 Wayne Hemingway centred his Vintage festival in the Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.
Reserving deck chairs in the picnic meadow, Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Couple at Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
The funfair area at Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
Actress playing actress at Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
People resting at the fairground – Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Carousel at the Vintage at Goodwood festival 2010
Happy campers – Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Three actresses dressed as US Army women in uniform at Vintage at Goodwood 2010
Super sexy VW camper at the Vintage Car Boot Sale on London’s South Bank. Tri X Film in a Pentax MX with 50mm f1.4 lens. 
Vintage Car Boot Sale on London’s South Bank. Tri X Film in a Pentax MX with 50mm f1.4 lens. 
Vintage Car Boot Sale on London’s South Bank. Tri X Film in a Pentax MX with 50mm f1.4 lens. 
Partying at 2011  Vintage festival on London’s South Bank.
Daisy Lowe at the Vintage fashion show on London’s South Bank, 2011
Vintage South Bank.
Vintage festival South Bank, 2011
Vintage  South Bank.
Fashion show at Vintage at South Bank
Paul Donald Rae and Ralph Randell at Vintage at Southbank Centre 2011

A model for another

I’ve always wanted to have another photographer shoot me naked – I’ve participated in nude group shoots and many other naked activities but have never been asked by another to be their model. It is also true that I have never pushed myself forward in this respect even when given these opportunities. In the back of my mind I knew that it would have to be somebody who I identified with and who was a talented artist in their own right. When the opportunity came to be shot by fotografm (on flickr) I took it.

In June he was visiting the UK from Berlin to take in the London and Brighton Baked Bike Rides. I was participating in neither due to two VERY important party invitations but on the Monday, because I happened to be driving towards his next destination I offered him a lift and the opportunity to do some nudes in the Sussex landscape.  We also took the opportunity to take some shots at my house.

We took turns to shoot each other. These are his shots of me that I particularly like. I shall post mine of him separately. The apparent confidence in these images is because underneath it all we already knew enough about each other to know what we would like to shoot and where our boundaries might lie. As two photographers that deal with a wide range of nude self portraiture in our work including the artful erotic it was in fact almost business as usual, but with more flexible camera angles and an added creative mind!

 

The street in colour

I want to have a range of photography featured here, not just the nude which will stay as the focus of my main galleries. So here is the first little diversion into other subjects, some selected street photography – here all in colour.

Trafalgar Square
Tube travelator
Trafalgar Square
the london paper is no more – Regent Street 
Hanging out in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
London Oxford Street Christmas lights 2010
 Maastricht, Netherlands
The Joe Strummer Subway
Festival Hall, London
Banksy Kissing Policemen Graffitti – Prince Albert Pub, Brighton
Brighton beach scene
Castor & Pollux, Brighton promenade
Venice – scan of a negative from 1983
Cafe in Montmartre, Paris
Jardin des Tuilieries, Paris
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Boulogne sur Mer, France
London South Bank
Cliffe Bonfire Society, Bonfire Night 2012, Lewes
Rue des Abbesses, Montmartre, Paris 
Soho, London

Body acceptance and naked bike riding

In what I will with temerity describe as my art nude self portrait photography I have complete control over how I allow myself to be photographed. Some images are very much about body acceptance while in others I am able to turn myself into something that can appear quite different. Indeed in the latter case and in isolation many might wonder what possible body issues I could have.

The most significant statement of body acceptance that I make is through my participation in naked bike rides in my home town of Brighton. To be out there as a skinny, non-muscly and under-endowed male is a display of self confidence that I would not have been capable of when I was in my prime.

With all the cameras and this being my home town, there is some nervousness and to compound this it’s usually cool, 14C – 18C, with a breeze coming off the sea which in June is still cold. My variable manhood is always at its most modest in such circumstances and in many ways this is good for a scan of the thousands of images that finish up on the internet suggests that most participants, particularly the many young people taking part in the Brighton ride, have little physical reason to lack confidence in appearing naked.

It would be great if more men like me took part. But while we are under-represented it makes being out there ‘flying the flag’ more important. One object of riding for me is that the people in the crowds on those streets can see that they can more positive about their own bodies. Occasionally there is an unkind comment overheard but only once or twice on any ride – almost everyone is supportive.

Because of the nature of this blog I have dwelt on the most personal reasons for my participation. But importantly, I do the naked bike ride for other reasons too. In fact the only time you are ever likely to see me on a bike in Brighton is in the naked bike ride. I’m a very poor cyclist and would cycle in Brighton if more cycle lanes were in place. Less traffic, less SUVs, more public transport would ultimately mean a better future for the delicate planet on which we live. These are the more substantial reasons for riding and they can unite everyone participating.

At the start of the Brighton World Naked Bike Ride 2016
See – I can load a film camera! Photo by funkdooby on flickr. (2016)
2016 was cold on that seafront! Photo by bbana on flickr.

 

Riding a bike is rarely flattering! Photo by faye kinnit on flickr. (2016)
Striking a pose for fotografm (on flickr) – before the start of my first Brighton WNBR in 2013

 

At the start of the 2015 ride, still not warm enough to be fully naked – for me anyway! Photo by faye kinnit on flickr.
In the North Laine, 2013. The logo should have read….
Drive an SUV? “sigh…” but I had a change of mind at the last moment that reduced the impact.
Photo by funktionhouse on flickr which could be entitled “He’s just washing my back!” for I had been asked to remove the WNBR paint. This was the Hastings WNBR in 2015.
With my police escort in 2013 – photo by bare witness on flickr