Thanks to my birthday landing on Easter Sunday, I got to take some long overdue time off with a long weekend away so we headed for an amazing cottage just outside Newport in Powys and with Dogzilla and the calmer dog in tow to worry some sheep, we walked, read books and watched films, ate well, drank well, mostly avoided the traffic and rain and returned home in a relaxed state of mind. I can highly recommend it. This is the evidence.
If anybody has any free time today and is in Liverpool then you really should catch the last day of the DaDaFest2010 which is a festival of deaf and disabled arts which I’ve been covering for the last two weeks. Most of the work I’ve been shooting has been performance based and I’ve blogged a lot of it on my normal site but I’d yet to finish photographing the exhibitions, which I did yesterday, and some of the work is amazing. Everybody’s a photographer these days and everybody has websites to say they’re a photographer and they’re in photography clubs and look after each other, they shoot gigs and they shoot samba dancers, they talk too much about their work and themselves as photographers and don’t just get on with it and whilst I do see some great work coming out of Liverpool and there’s some great photographers in the city, I get a little bit bored with some of the repetition of the same old subjects and ideas but seeing the DaDaFest exhibitions was a breath of fresh air and it’s well worth checking out. Whilst there’s some great paintings and other work at The Bluecoat, on the Big Screen and in St.George’s Hall, photographically speaking, if you’ve got any time today spare then you really should get up to Liverpool Cathedral (yes, that’s the Anglican) and go see the show of photographs by people who are visually impaired which is proper amazing (you get to feel the photos in relief to give you an idea of how it was like to take the photos) and if you’ve got any more time then maybe try the cells corridor show in St.George’s. Brilliant stuff!
Today has been about editing editing editing and here’s a paper boat called Facination from a brilliant show at Metal called The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere.
New long term exhibition of a new fashion commission opens in Modo, Liverpool tonight and if I say so myself it all looks rather nice. More photos to follow.
Yeah I know it’s gonna be blurred but the Hipstamatic app sort of saves this pic taken just before at Gil Scott Heron’s Liverpool Sound City show at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. I was only in for two songs though we did get 15 minutes of stories and jokes before he sat down and sung and, for the record, they were decent jokes. For the proper photos, where my D3 was pushed to the limit, check my other blog tomorrow at http://blog.mcnulty.co.uk
On my office wall amongst the postcards of some favourite lads and lasses is Cynthia Payne’s business card and a ‘we’ll put your name on file’ letter from the genius that is Nick Knight when I wrote in the hope he’d take me on as an assistant.
Another red and cyan effort and this time it’s of a painting of Julie Christie based on a Bailey photo that I’ve had on my wall for years and it was painted by an old friend called Talya who was in the Liverpool band Ricky Spontane!