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Capturing Villains.......and Superheroes!

The weekend of July 30th and 31st saw the streets of Manchester bustling with intergalactic superheroes and villains attending the MCM Comic Con in the heart of the city at Manchester Central. I spent the Saturday afternoon with friend and fellow photographer Ian Southerin on the streets outside Manchester Central documenting some of the amazingly dedicated fans of characters from the world of comics, movies and science fiction.

The following are my images taken with my favoured Leica M-P 240 with either the amazing Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH or the awesome Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH. Raw file processing was handled by the trustworthy CaptureOne Pro with black and white conversions undertaken with Silver Efex Pro. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much I enjoyed shooting them and if your organisation has any future events planned, please get in touch to discuss how we can work together to record some memorable and valuable moments.

A Very Big Thank You...

.................to all the amazing musicians at The Boarshurst Silver Band for helping me to achieve my Fellowship from The British Institute of Professional Photography. Special thanks also to Janet Payne, Linda Finan, James Garlick and the Board of Trustees. Great working with you, hope you liked the book and will see if I can get an exhibition at the new Saddleworth Museum or Oldham Art Gallery.

Back in the Frame

Well, after spending most of the last six weeks in plaster it was great to spend the day in the studio yesterday. With the help of crutches, a comfy office chair with wheels and a smooth laminate floor I managed to whizz around and shoot some pack shots of the amazing new vinyl album from the UK blues singer Kyla Brox, Throw Away Your Blues. I also started to do some black and white printing for part of my forthcoming social history project ‘Brass and Glass’ about the Boarshurst Silver Band based in Greenfield, Saddleworth. Busy few weeks ahead so plenty of physio, ice, foot exercises and painkillers for the foreseeable future.

James Garlick - Musical Director, Boarshurst Silver Band

The Saddleworth Band Contest

Sad to be missing the Whit Walk and The Saddleworth Band Contest today due to a somewhat inconvenient broken leg and ankle. It doesn't seem like more than a couple of days ago since I was 'embedded', in true photojournalism speak, with the fantastic Boarshurst Silver Band from 9am to 11pm. It was an honour to spend the day with such a fantastic group of people who were incredibly warm and friendly. I was amazed how much stamina and committment they had from first thing in the morning to the last thing at night. To accomplish a substantial Whit Walk around Greenfield and then successfully compete in the Band Contest from 3pm to 11pm is a remarkable achievement and has my upmost respect.  

I decided to shoot the event with my new Leica M240 rangefinder camera system. This proved to be a great learning experience for me as throughout my thirty plus year career I've shot with almost every camera system around including large, medium and snall format film systems followed by 35mm dslr and medium format digital formats but never with a film or digital rangefinder. The M240 is an amazing digital rangefinder that produces outstanding image quality through the Leica lenses that are the best in the world.  I'll publish more later on my experiences with the Leica and also the work I've done with the Boarshurst Silver Band.

Boarshurst Silver Band Musical Director James Garlick. June 2015

Boarshurst Silver Band Musical Director James Garlick. June 2015

Coming Soon...

My website is currently being revamped so apologies if there's content missing. I'll be updating my portfolio page asap, lots of exciting new editorial and documentary photography to be uploaded and news on my new awesome Leica rangefinder system that I recently introduced to my workflow. I also need to start my new blog so thanks for the visit and please keep dropping by.