In the studio with Pulled Apart By Horses

I spent a few hours at Greenmount Studios with Leeds best jumpy screamy band whilst they put the finishing touches on their third album, Blood. Blog Soundtrack:Greenmount is an awesome, awesome place. I'd never heard of it before, but having done my research before the shoot, I soon found out how awesome it was. "How Awesome?" Mega awesome. The studio was s… more

A day with The Dunwells

I caught up with The Dunwells for the grand finale of their "Light Up The Skies" Tour at Leeds Town Hall. The grandeur of the location for the conclusion was in stark contrast to the rest of the dates - this promised to be a very special homecoming show. The guys had played to large crowds before, but not that much on this side of th… more

First day of summer

So last week saw the first bank holiday weekend of the year, and with it came glorious weather. As is customary in Britain, I headed into the garden with a disposable BBQ, meat and beer. Oh, and my camera. And my dog.This was a great opportunity to have my first real play-around with my X20. The hound proved a trusting model to start - albeit bribed with a c… more

Revista Mock Feature

So it turns out I've been listed as one of the "Top 10 Contemporary International Rock Photographers" as part of a cool feature on Argentinian music website Revista Mock. The list - put together by the awesome Argentinian photographer Matías Altbach - features many of the people I looked up to when I first started out as a music… more

Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM

I raised an eyebrow when Sigma announced the next lens in it's rejuvenated arsenal of high-class 'Art' glass. And today I raised my other eyebrow at the price... This new lens' older brother - the 35mm f1.4 DG HSM - converted me back from the traditional "L series only" attitude I'd developed over the last few years. As it happened… more


Caught up with the guys from 65dos the other week for a feature shoot for the awesome Loud And Quiet magazine. It was pretty cool to chat with the guys about their upcoming 10th anniversary gig over a brew in their rather cosy rehearsal room. I started out with an indoor shoot in an empty unit near the guys practice room. I had (half) an idea in mind that wo… more

New Toy - Fujifilm X20

I've been in the market for a new compact camera for quite a while now, and having read several reviews, I took the plunge on the Fujifilm X20. It was a great decision. Since taking up photography, I've struggled to re-adapt to consumer cameras. I often struggle with automatic models, and regularly found myself getting frustrated at not being able to adjust… more

A sad day

Genuinely gutted to be writing this. As of last Friday, The Fly magazine closed it's doors for the final time, having delivered cutting-edge music journalism for the past 15 years. I'm truly honoured to have been part of the team for the past couple of years - turning up to shoot gigs and festivals saying "I'm Danny Payne from The Fly" always gave me a great… more

New Website

So I've finally got round to sorting my website out! I've been toying with trying various website solutions over the past few years. Whilst I was happy with the design of my old site, it wasn't easy to manage. All the standard pages were hard coded html, with the blog built in Wordpress. The complicated process of updating my site meant it rarely happened,… more

Warpaint @ O2 Academy, Leeds

I've shot some tough gigs in the past, but this has to be amongst the toughest.I shot Warpaint for the first time a few years back at Leeds Festival, and on that occasion they were quite difficult to cover - lots of ambient light, but not much on the actual subjects. This experience would stand me in good stead for what was waiting… more

London Grammar @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Another band championed by 6music, London Grammar are fast building a strong reputation as the next significant UK ambient-trip-hop act. These guys did a mammoth festival effort last summer and I tried to catch them on various occasions. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, I didn't have any success.I was expecting this to be a… more

Phoenix @ Manchester Academy

Phoenix are one of those bands I've not really made that much attention to, if I'm honest. It's not that I dislike them - quite the opposite - I'd just never really given them chance. They've been getting quite a bit of 6music airtime of late, and have been steadily building a substantial fanbase in the UK. I have photographed the… more

Frank Turner @ Phones 4U Arena, Manchester

So far, gigs in 2014 haven't come as thick and fast as previous years for me, so this was a perfect opportunity to get back in the swing of things with a big, well lit Arena show. I'd shot Frank Turner a couple of times in the past at a couple of festivals, but I'd never previously been that impressed with the shots I'd got - for wh… more

Stephen Malkmus @ Manchester Gorilla

90s indie icon back in Manc. Was chuffed to bits when the NME asked me to cover this one – I’ve been really getting into early 90s grunge/lo-fi rock of late, and it’s a sound thats making a bit of a resurgence at the minute. Pavement and Sonic Youth have been two particular highlights of this era for me, so the opportunity t… more

Brand New Analogues @ The Exchange, Keighley

Pottered down to The Exchange last week to bid farewell to one of Keighley’s longest running and most successful rock bands, Brand New Analogues. After 12 years of relentless riffs, rhythm and ale, the guys decided to call it a day with one last show. BNA have been a mainstay of the local music scene for as long as I can remember. They’ve built a solid r… more

Latest Published Work – Jan 2014

Quick squizz at some of my published work from the past few months. Jay-Z – The Observer / The Independent, October 2013 Managed to sell quite a few shots to the national papers over the past few months, but one of my personal highlights was getting a massive shot from the first date of Mr Carter’s “Magna Carta” UK tour in Manchester into The Observe… more

Kurt Vile @ The Brudenell, Leeds

In the run up to Christmas I was surprised to receive a very awesome email from the people at the NME inviting me to take some pictures for them. Obviously I jumped at the chance, and within a couple of days I was at the Brud ready to shoot my first commission – Kurt Vile. Having shot The Brud many times before I was fairly confid… more

Modo Stare Phootshoot

If you’ve not heard of Modo Stare, then I’ll forgive you. Actually, scratch that. I shaln’t forgive you – I’ll pity you. Pity you HARD. If you are into electro-ambient music, you need this band in your life. There is no simpler way to put it. Yes, I’m a bit biased ‘cos they’re from Bradford and I’m (pretty much) f… more

2013 review

I was really keen to improve the quality of my images in 2013. At the start of the year, I was aware that a few of my live shots were starting to look a bit samey – I’d been paying more attention to getting my shots sharp, and the creativity of my compositions had suffered as a result. I had to raise the bar if I wanted to progress any further, and to do… more

The Cribs @ O2 Academy, Leeds

After a very hectic year, photographing The Cribs at Leeds Academy seemed like a great way to sign off for 2013. I was down to shoot the first of two “Cribsmas” gigs - my 53rd of the year - where Wakey’s finest were due to play a selection of “Old Skool” tracks.I’d shot these guys twice this year already, with contrasti… more