Lightpool 2016 Launch in Blackpool, UK.

Friday the 28th October saw the launch of Blackpool’s very own Light Festival, Lightpool.

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Blackpool and Fylde College Student as part of parade for Captain Kronos: Return to Earth. Blackpool, UK, Lancs. Lightpool Festival.

Over 30 installations including performances make up the Festival running from the 28th October to Wednesday.

I am super lucky to be able to photograph for the event which really is a photographers wonderland if you like photographing fast moving, low light objects, which luckily I do.

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The Stories Under Our Feet. Victoria Street, Blackpool. Artist: Elisa Artesero.

Last night saw Captain Kronos: Return to Plant Earth by Kazimer Productions who worked with Blackpool and Fylde College to create an amazing performance incorporating a space ship landing outside in St Johns Church in Blackpool’s Cedar Square. Followed up closely by On The Edge of  a Rising Tide Sound Intervention with musicians from The Boom Bike Bourree.

I had spent much of my day watching the rehearsals and capturing “behind the scenes” moments.

Take a look at some of my images here:

Rehearsals at Alive Church Hall, Raikes Parade Blackpool. With Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College.

St Johns Square Blackpool. Technical Rehearsal.

Blackpool Comedy Carpet run through:

I popped in to hear Bob and Roberta Smith talk about his views on the art world and how visual language is important now more then ever.

The artist Bob and Roberta Smith – Has installed a specially commissioned lit installation for Blackpool. “Art Is Your Human Right”. Follow the specially formulated map of Blackpool to enjoy all the art installations in Lightpool.

Bob and Roberta Smith, instantly likable as a speaker – his message was that we can communicate sometimes difficult messages through art and even if it is not instantly easy to understand, perhaps art will make you question and sit up to what could be.

At dusk Captain Kronos and his journey into Blackpool began on The Comedy Carpet as we were toured through the winding streets by his gang of glittery minions of Blackpool, to witness his arrival from a bejeweled spaceship descending over St Johns Church in a flurry of glitter and fireworks to a bedazzled audience.

After the departure of Captain Kronos I caught up with Dan Fox and his mobile projection bikes as his band played brass instruments to families and children who followed the performance with great gusto and glee as the projections talked to the audience of fantastical creatures.

The Lightpool Festival runs until Wednesday with lots more in store. For more info check the link attached.

Final word from  me is that I am in my absolute element “photography wise” and feel super blessed to be able to capture such amazing and fleeting happenings. Now is the time to embrace Blackpool’s amazing event and shout from the rooftops how amazing Blackpool really is.

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How Blackpool Became and Other Stuff.

Source: How Blackpool became and other stuff.

Dance with The Devil.

As I continue my photographers journey – I have the current good fortune to work with Sam Jayne Simpson a unique artist and lover of music and dance. Read on as I introduce you to our current project.

 

Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
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I had noticed the Artist around for a long time in Blackpool. I had noticed her getting “lost in music”.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
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As I lured the Artist under the pier and asked her to stand in the sunshine and yes, you guessed it. Get lost in music.
The Artist naturally dances towards the warmth.
The Italian Steps on Blackpool sea front – a natural place to dance.
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The Artist dances to the sea as the ocean dances back.
Blackpool tower gazes on.
Dancing to my own beat.

Dance with The Devil is a classic house music track circa 1987/88 – that’s a pretty old record now. Do people even call music tracks records now? The reason I ask is because I have been collaborating with a amazing Blackpool based figurative artist: Sam Jayne Simpson https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Simpson-Art/1559607450973781  Phil-Winstons-TheatreWorks/102117523184811.

We are working towards an exhibition in July to showcase some of the images we have created.

Sam’s background is a pure love of music and with her background in Fine Art she combines the two for strong visual pieces demonstrating power, movement and the human form.

I discussed with Sam how her images tap into her psyche, what is she communicating to us? I sometimes think that dance, music, art, theatre, film and I am going to throw in skateboarding too can be compared to Zen like experiences – you know? Being lost in the moment – that is when we discover our true self.

Hello World!!

Photography Queens Park, Layton Blackpool.

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Yes – I like that tag line. Hello World!! Brand new blog here to start my own reach out of my photography, thoughts and other whims.

One of my initial ambitions was to be an author but oh how I love Photography and gardening (I can be found in my potting shed, should I not have a lens glued to my face).

I want to use this blog to showcase photography that does not quite sit with my events and documentary photography. I am originally from a Fine Art background and use photography to tell stories about people, passion and life. Follow me and my recommendations as I attempt to spin you a yarn and tell you a tale through words, pictures, dance, music and theatre.

Dreams and laughter, a sense of humor are important in life – and so I keep having to tell myself. Have we disconnected with ourselves as we become more and more obsessed with possession of things in modern suburban life? Do we become products of our surroundings – what do you aspire to? Recently I photographed Queens Park Layton, Blackpool as the new development goes up and the sky rises are scheduled to come down.

I hope the photographs tell their own story.

 

Queens Park, Blackpool.

How did it feel to leave here for the last time and move just around the corner?
How did it feel to leave here for the last time and move just around the corner?
There is nothing of value on these premises.
There is nothing of value on these premises.
Prior to demolition.
Prior to demolition.
•1947 58% of houses were rented from private landlords. In 1983 11% •475,000 homes were destroyed during WW2 – the post war Labour government accepted it had to build houses .
• 1947 58% of houses were rented from private landlords. In 1983 11%
• 475,000 homes were destroyed during WW2 – the post war Labour government accepted it had to build houses .
•the 1st multi story tower block was built in Harlow New Town •mid 1950s lower building standards introduced by the Conservative government – a subsidy was given to councils for high rise blocks.
• the 1st multi story tower block was built in Harlow New Town
• mid 1950s lower building standards introduced by the Conservative government – a subsidy was given to councils for high rise blocks.
The buildings take on a new sadness with broken windows.
The buildings take on a new sadness with broken windows.

Prior to demolition.
Prior to demolition.
Wishes and dreams grow up from the ground.
Wishes and dreams grow up from the ground.

Queens Park, Blackpool.

No Ball Games. No fun, no joy, no laughter. NO BALL GAMES - So the sign states.
No Ball Games. No fun, no joy, no laughter. NO BALL GAMES – So the sign states.
A New York Skyline? Concrete jungle.
A New York Skyline? Concrete jungle.

Broken record at Queens Park.

Enter continental pre-war modernist architecture, forged in the creative minds of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and others, and kept alive in the fertile minds of Britain's young architects, who had been plucked away from their studied enthusiasm for the new modernism to fight a war.
Enter continental pre-war modernist architecture, forged in the creative minds of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and others, and kept alive in the fertile minds of Britain’s young architects, who had been plucked away from their studied enthusiasm for the new modernism to fight a war.
Residents passing through new doorways after decades of the same.
Residents passing through new doorways after decades of the same.
Are the shapes of the building beautiful. Initial thoughts on sky rises were as a solution to housing.
Are the shapes of the building beautiful. Initial thoughts on sky rises were as a solution to housing.
Left derelict. daisy's push through. Nature finds a way.
Left derelict. daisy’s push through. Nature finds a way.

Compulsory purchase order.