Opening night of the Revolution Radio tour
Editorial shoot with one of my favourite Leeds bands
A look back at the past 12 months
What better way to end the year than photographing my favourite band on their latest Arena tour?
Header over to my favourite venue last month to catch Jack Garratt's sold out show.
Back to manchester for some good old balls-out rock and roll
Mr Treys' brought his Trick tour to Leeds
It's been a long four years...
Location shoot with charismatic singer-songwriter
Live music made a fantastic return to Roundhay Park
Inaugural one-dayer at Manchester Ritz
Outstanding new Bradford band
Possibly the most civilised show I've ever shot.
Back for round seven - featuring five headliners!
"When you find that things are getting wild, don't you want days like these?"
huge home-from-homecoming show for Wakey's finest.
Headed back to The Netherlands to photograph this absolute gem of a festival
I recently had the fortune of spending an hour with the wonderful Esper Scout for an editorial shoot
Had the pleasure of being invited down to take some shots of Biffy Clyro performing an intimate acoustic set in Leeds. The show was only available to ticket holders for this years Leeds Festival (which Biffy are due to headline), and provided the…
Fresh morning shoot with eclectic duo
Promo shoot with Bradford noise pop trio
Madchester heroes hit Leeds on their "Girl at the End of the World" tour
Early morning shoot with awesome new Leeds indie rock quartet
working with the cult quartet for their latest release: No Man's Sky.
"What's with these homies, dissing my girl?"
Spent a couple of hours with one of the worlds greatest Saxophonists
Exploring Leeds glamorous side..
Studio-style shoot with electro-ambient duo.
Spent a couple of hours in Leeds with a great new alternative artist
Another great show at my favourite venue
I was lucky enough to work with the wonderful Lucy Spraggan at the back end of 2015 on her Tour and EP artwork.
Six years ago I had the opportunity to photograph Marina for the first time. Little did I know at the time how well shooting that show would serve me.
I made the short trip to Ilkley to see first hand what the buzz behind the new cinema was all about.
Awesome night of neo-pyschedelia
Headed down to The Record Café for hangs with the awesome Cat Scott, and to check out her awesome Sci-Art exhibition, "In Transition".
Caught the second date of the UK tour - along with every other music photographer north of Stoke, it would seem.
Got to hang with Tunbridge Wells' finest for the first date of their rescheduled tour
Kicking 2016 off at my favourite venue. That'll do.
It's that time of year again when I reflect on the past 12 months
A somewhat disappointing final show of 2015.
One of my final shows of 2015, photographing one of the first acts I shot at the start of the year - the homecoming of Leeds most successful export of recent years.
I arranged to spend a couple of hours with Everything Everything during the soundcheck for the homecoming finale of their latest tour at Manchester Apollo. Over the past twelve months EE have been a mainstay on my Spotify. I reacquainted myself with…
After months - maybe years - of discussing doing a shoot, me and Tia finally managed to get into the studio, and it was rad.
After a handful of tough gigs, I was in need of an easy-shooting, well-lit Arena show - Imagine Dragons duly obilged.
One of those nights where, as a photographer, if you didn't laugh you'd probably cry.
The guys over at Loud and Quiet magazine sent me over to Liverpool to a couple…
I've been deliberating exactly how to approach this post in light of recent events for the past few days
Can't beat shooting proper Rock/Metal bands.
Getting my emo on.
Fantastic artist. Fantastic show. Fantastic venue.
Studio shoot with Leeds ambient-pop trio.
A second attempt to get gig season up and running
Churches, hearses, balloons and smoke machines.
What better way to kick of gig season? Well, maybe some lights..
For a good few years I've been itching to scratch 'shoot a foreign festival' from my bucket list
“John’s got Brewer’s droop - he get’s intimated by the dirty pigeons. They love a bit of it.”
Had the pleasure of working with Narcs on their latest set of press shots.
Fucking about on a boat with a camera, beer and an 80s glam rock soundtrack in the name of contemporary Journalism? Go on then.
Had a ball photographing Live at Leeds again for NME this year.
Headed down to Sheffield to spend a couple of hours with Danish singer-songwriter Rosenthal to shoot some press shots for his latest EP, Heart.
Ventured out into the wintery Yorkshire wilderness for my first shoot of 2015
I'm constantly trying to turn my hand to new challenges, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity to shoot some actor headshots for an aspiring Leeds-based actress back in November.
Here are a few of my personal favourites from what has been a mixed-bag of a year for me.
This week I've hit a milestone I'm very proud of - completing my first year as an NME photographer.
Something a little different from me, and hopefully something that will help a few people out, too. I've decided to review a cool product I stumbled upon on the Internet at the beginning of the year - The Maclocks MacBook Pro Retina 15" Rubberised…
Recently I was approached by the lovely folks over at Opera North to cover a few shows for them. This was a cool opportunity for me to try something different - get myself out of my comfort zone, so to speak.
My ol' pals Man Can't Fly are back with a new sound, and needed some new press shots to accompany them.
These last few months I've been thinking much more about expanding my photographic horizons. Don't get me wrong, shooting gigs is awesome, but sometimes it would be good to photograph something that's not you're usual "first three, no flash". As it…
A few weeks back I headed down to London for the day. After enjoying awesome food and coffee down Carnaby Street, I headed down to the South bank for a short meeting. I had a few hours to kill before my train back north, so it seemed like the perfect…
Headed up onto the beautiful Yorkshire Moors for a photo shoot with the awesome New Delta. and a Chesterfield sofa. Although New Delta is very much a new venture, I've known the guys in the band for years. Their previous bands…
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.
I caught up with The Dunwells for the grand finale of their "Light Up The Skies" Tour at Leeds Town Hall.
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.
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 …
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…
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…
In all honesty, I was amazed with the ease of use of the camera, and the quality of images. I was a little nervous when I bought it that it may only be suitable for holiday snaps, but having played around with it a bit I'm sure it'll come in handy when…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
After a very hectic year, photographing The Cribs at Leeds Academy seemed like a great way to sign off for 2013. I…
Haim (it’s pronounced Hime – not Hame – apparently) are fast becoming with of the standout artists of the year. Having won the BBC sound of 2013, they’ve heavily toured debut album Days Are Gone, as well as putting in several notable festival appearanc
My favourite band of 2013 supporting my fave band of 2012? Go on then. Ok, perhaps to say Peace were my favourite band of 2012 is a bit strong, but they are certainly up there. Definitely top 3. This gig had all the hallmarks of a bittersweet experience…
Lowestoft’s finest bring their arena show to the small stage.I’ll never get bored of photographing The Darkness – they’re a music photographers wet dream. Hair and guitars flying around, lycra, constant crowd interaction and (usually) more light…
Following dates in London, Glasgow, Germany, France and Belgium, the Reflektor Warm-Up tour came to a flamboyant close in Blackpool. For those not familiar with Arcade Fire’s latest jaunt, it was far from a conventional tour. Probably the most…
I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to do more portrait work. So far I’ve mainly been sitting round waiting for bands to sporadically get in touch for a shoot, and doing a couple of jobs a year for some local websites, but I want more. Much…
I was delighted to finally get the opportunity to shoot QOTSA, having been declined accredition by their management in the past. This was also the first occasion I was aware of that they had toured without having a really nasty contract for photographers…
My third night in four at Leeds Arena. Cream-crackered. Can’t believe it’s over three years since Vampire Weekend last played in Leeds on their Contra tour. THREE YEARS. As appearances are such a rarity, I was keen to get in to shoot this one.I’d…
It was good to see the Stereophonics doing an arena tour again. Having played Academy-sized venues for the last few tours I was starting to fear they may be in decline, and they didn't have the pulling power of the arena-elite. Thankfully, I was just…
I night of nostalgia was in store for a busy Leeds Arena, as gig season started to pick up steam. Whilst I not be overly familiar with Depeche Mode, I was still keen to shoot them - their sound was very much synonymous with the 80s, and they were one of…