Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, 2014- Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, 2014 -

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Supper's Ready, 2014- Supper’s Ready, 2014 -

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This post is dedicated to Keith (RIP) and David. (Hope the shoot went well!)

Street Portrait (for and of Daisuke), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Daisuke), 2014 -

Street Portrait (for and of Wendy), 2014-Street Portrait (for and of Wendy), 2014

So, at the end of a long, meandering walk that took in a lot of streets, but with very few photographs to show for it, I turned onto Shorts Gardens. And almost walked into the best looking couple of people I’d seen all day. They were deep in conversation, so I crossed the street and waited for signs that they were about to part. I misjudged it of course, but Wendy and Daisuke were really nice about me taking their pictures. These are the first (Wendy) and last (Daisuke) shots and my favourites.Thanks very much for letting me take your photographs, Wendy and Daisuke! Hope you like your pictures.

It turned out Wendy and Daisuke are exhibiting a sculpture – The Love Bomb – in Atomica (a very hip gallery at 29 Shorts Gardens). You can read about The Love Bomb here. I tried to photograph it, but couldn’t get the right angle on it, so here is a detail:

The Love Bomb, 2014The Love Bomb (detail)

by Wendy Meakin and Daisuke Sakaguchi

It’s a lovely object and I strongly urge you to see it in the flesh. Here are Wendy and Daisuke with the Love Bomb:

The Love Bomb, 2014Wendy, Daisuke and The Love Bomb inside Atomica Gallery

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Message of Love, 2014- Message of Love, 2014 -

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Talk of the Town, 2014- Talk of the Town, 2014 -

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Still Life With Shovel, 2014- Still Life With Shovel, 2014 -

Originally, my intention was to post another street portrait today, but I don’t have any so instead you have a picture of a shovel. It caught my eye and I spent a minute or two taking shots of the back of a road mender’s truck. When I looked up I noticed the owner of the shovel looking at me quizzically. I thought I’d better explain myself, so I sidled over and told him I was a street photographer. “And you wanted to photograph that?” he said with a shake of the head. “I like the shapes and the colour,” I said. Suddenly, I felt like a tourist. I wish I’d asked his name.

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If you want to see some great street portraits, check out Cardinal Guzman’s blog. If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

The Heart Knows Better, 2014- The Heart Knows Better, 2014 -

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Late Night Shopping, 2014- Late Night Shopping, 2014 -

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Street Portrait (for and of Gilbert), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Gilbert), 2014 -

Street Portrait (for and of George), 2014-Street Portrait (for and of George), 2014

There are days when, photographically, everything seems to go right. I’d just set foot on Great Queen Street when I spotted Gilbert & George on the other side of the road, sporting these very fetching caps. So I legged it over and asked for a portrait. Gilbert did most of the talking. But they were both really nice about me taking a few shots. I fluffed the first couple, partly from being a little rusty and partly because, as an art student, I owned very few monographs, and one of them was The Art of Gilbert & George (Thames & Hudson, 1989). That sounds a little odd, but familiarity with their work made them important to my understanding of modern art (- I knew their story (as told by Wolf Jahn), which was fascinating and their work, which simultaneously reflected the world around them, and remade it).  It was odd to momentarily step into their world, having only experienced it as a book and a load of exhibitions. Anyway, thanks very much for stopping, Gilbert & George! Hope you like your pictures.

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OuttaTheBag, 2014- OuttaTheBag, 2014 -

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Perfect, 2014- Perfect, 2014 -

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Street Portrait (for and of Cobain), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Cobain), 2014 -

Since I’ve been out and about again, I haven’t taken that many portraits and most of them have been on Great Queen Street – it seems to draw the kind of people I like to photograph. Cobain was taking a break there, when I asked him for a portrait. He was really nice about it and we had a brief chat about London Fashion Week. (He even told me a way of getting into one of the venues). I loved the minimalism/ simplicity of his look. Thanks very much, Cobain! I hope you like your picture.

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The Howler, 2014- The Howler, 2014 -

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Two Hands, 2014- Two Hands, 2014 -

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Street Portrait (for and of Steve Diggle), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Steve Diggle), 2014 -

Wotcha! While I was away from here, I didn’t take many photographs – none for the first week, a few in the second. It’s funny how rusty you get when you’re not practising a craft – it takes days of wandering about achieving very little to get back in the swing of things. At the end of one of those particularly fruitless days I was about to pack the camera away when I spotted Steve Diggle. I loved the way he was dressed and his attitude. Steve was really nice about me taking a few shots. This one’s the first and my favourite. Thanks very much, Steve! Hope you like your picture.

Steve Diggle is the guitarist/ vocalist with Buzzcocks – one of the first punk bands in Manchester, and a role model for the raft of bands that followed (they were also one of the first punk bands to release a record on their own label: New Hormones), as well as introducing the city to the Sex Pistols (who they invited to play at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976).

Incendiary, melodic and lyrically sophisticated, Buzzcocks’ music is an incredibly exciting, inventive take on Punk. Steve co-wrote the band’s Fast Cars, Promises, Lipstick, Why Can’t I Touch It and I Need, and is responsible for the classics Autonomy, Love is Lies and Harmony In My Head amongst others. If you want an introduction to the band, I strongly recommend you buy Singles Going Steady – it’s crammed with punk gems.

Buzzcocks release their ninth album, The Way, in November.

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This post is dedicated to Ashley Lily Scarlett.

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