Last night this years Shot Up North – SUN29 Photography Awards were announced in Leeds…
I’m very proud to say that I’ve had two of my recent documentary photographs selected into the 50 winning entries. The competition is strictly only open to professional photographers working outside London, Judging for the SUN Awards is done anonymously by an independent curating judge, selected each year from amongst our leading creative industry peers. This years solo curator was Peter Mitchell, Manchester born documentary photographer known for documenting Leeds and the surrounding area for more than 40 years. At last nights exhibition opening Peter did a fantastic talk/slideshow about his times as a photographer over the last four decades, delivered with plenty of good northern humour.
SUN29 is made into an exhibition, published into a book and on the Shot Up North web site. Please take look at the whole book online and below are a my two award winning images. I’m very chuffed with these images and hope you enjoy them too. H
Whilst shooting for a high street asset in Chester, I also had to show a flavour of the town, it’s amenities and local interest. I was looking out for interesting moments and angles that put an different slant on the images. Working hard to seek out creative images often using long telephoto lenses to be discreet.
Then, I noticed these three boys and “whoosh” I was transported back in time – to the 1980’s when I was a similar looking student! I just had to snap them. It wasn’t quite the right image for my client but I really love it for myself. I can picture myself in those happy boys – the punk, mod and rocker. Enjoy. H
As It Happens!
I recently shot this reportage series of images for Leeds creative design agency DSEmotion. The brief was to get an honest set of images to reflect the friendly, creative and professional ethos of the company. My approach was to capture them “as it happens” with minimum setting up, posing of people and no rearranging of rooms. Just an honest set of images as I saw them, warts and all – preferably less warts in the final edit I suppose!
I mostly used a long focus lens with minimal depth of field to help blur the foregrounds and or backgrounds of the pictures. This helps to give them a fly on the wall feel to the set of images. I also took a few cameo shots of the office to reflect their work and give the set of images an added depth of interest. It was a great shoot to both photograph and edit – just me and my camera (plus a little fill-in flash here and there) and my eye for an image. How I did photography when I was learning but with the advantage of more than 30 years experience! Enoy the snaps. Harry
Reportage Portrait Photography
Reportage Shoot Around Leeds
I was commissioned to produce a set of images to promote the marketing of The Leeming Building, which is basically the offices at the Leeds Market. A major part in Leeds history, this iconic Grade 1 listed building has been rejuvenated to become a collection of unique, design led work spaces created to attract likeminded businesses. Dan, the creative director wanted me to capture relaxed natural feeling images of the hipster/artisan/independent side of the city’s local amenities. Armed with only my charm, wit and a cover letter to introduce myself to shop keepers and restauranteurs etcetera, I spent two half days seeking out interesting angles, people and cameo shots. It was a really enjoyable shoot, taking me back to my student days with free reign to use my vision, connecting with people and the environment. I also shot all the external and internal photography for the brochure. Dan was really pleased with the final set of images and I’ve attached a few of my favourites below. Cheers, H.
External of The Leeming Building & Brochure Link
Reportage Photo Gallery
Central Square is an iconic new office building, with the best design and specification ever seen in Leeds City Centre to date, so when I was asked to produce a full set of images for the developers I jumped at the chance. It took two days to produce internals, externals and twilight shots, organising models, lighting and negotiating the last of the workman on site. Account director Claire described the images as “Fantastic”, which is always a welcome pat on the back . Check out the links and published pages below. Many cheers, Harry.
Central Square Brochure.pdf
Central Square Website link
When I’m a Tourist I just Can’t Help Myself!
La Sagrada Familia is a calling for anyone who visits Barcelona. It’s just that when you go to these popular city destinations they are often spoilt not only by the massive numbers of tourists from all over the world but by the way they behave -in public! Anyway, I just can’t help myself taking their pictures, I pretty much forget about the attraction and focus on the tourists, I find them fascinating and they make great models as they seem absolutely oblivious that I’m taking photos of them due to the sheer numbers of photos being taken around me. It’s great fun observing this behaviour, I’ve started building a collection of “TOURISTS” and will publish more when I travel in the future.