Last night I photographed the great Bugge Wesseltoft setting up at the Turner Sims Concert Hall. I used the Leica M9 and Zeiss 50mm Sonnar f1.5 at 1250iso. the more I use this camera the more I simply love it. I was worried about losing autofocus in my advancing years but I am finding the same success rate as with autofocus. You can see the photographs at https://slate.adobe.com/cp/iRT29/
I have finally managed to publish “The Food Banks Project – Food Poverty in a Major First World City” and it is now available at https://slate.adobe.com/cp/2X8vh/. Please take a look.
Unfortunately I have not yet found a suitable venue for it as a physical exhibition, which is what I wanted, due to ‘politics’ in certain organisations.
The wonderful Dame Helen Mirren is in London for the UK release today of her latest film ‘Trumbo’ in which she plays American gossip columnist Hedda Hopper opposite Bryan Cranston. I had the great pleasure in photographing her a while ago.
I took this on a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing in 1998 and this is a scan from the original Velvia transparency. I used a Leica M6 back then, and this was probably taken with the 50mm Summicron f2 but I have no exposure details. It forms part of a gallery of Beijing images in a gallery which I am gradually adding to and can be viewed here
Last week I photographed the launch event for the sponsorship of the innovative English jazz pianist Peter Edwards as part of the new funding initiative by the Performing Rights Society entitled ‘The New Music Biennial 2017’ which will commission musicians from various genres.
Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton “has commissioned pianist, composer and bandleader Peter Edwards to create A Journey with the Giants of Jazz for their submission, in which he explores the year 1917. A period that saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria, Peter will take inspiration from the motifs found in six of these artists’ classic works. The piece, to be performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra (a Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble), deconstructs their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.”
Peter is a regular at the Turner Sims in various groupings, and I have photographed him on a number of occasions. I was pleased to be able to be there for the local launch of this initiative, and to have my photographs available for the press release. Here is Peter playing, and at the release event:
It was great to catch up with British jazz musician Gary Crosby OBE at the Turner Sims last week. Here is an image of him from just about a year ago at the same venue.