Monthly Archives: November 2015

Getty Images

I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to contribute images and videos to the Getty Images database.

Getty are one of (if not the) biggest image license market places on Planet Earth for stills and videos – I am absolutely over the moon. The fact I am now with Getty means there is a bigger opportunity to have my work in the press and on advert boards. Getty distribute the photographs for me and I get paid – and hold on to the copyright of the video / still. I really is a win / win situation for me and I can hardly contain myself.

Yes, it is approaching 2am on a Tuesday morning but I aim to be out tomorrow with my lens. This has made me feel like a pro.

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Me & Liam Neeson – How I Owe Him One

Back in, I think, January of this year (2015) I wrote a blog article about where I would like to holiday in 2015. Well, things did not go ahead with that plan as the whole of my immediate clan descended on Granny Dornoch in the Highlands for a week (well, not all of us – Dad was busy planting potatoes).

So, inevitably, these holiday plans took a back burner as I took on more work – as did the Mrs take on more work. However, we were very fortunate to have a bit of money gifted to us and so I thought about how to break it to the Mrs. about my plans for carrying out The Great Work in Bohemia.

I figure you can really get a sense of the geography of a place through cinema. Good cinema can lend an air of what it is like to be there – in a profiled way. Essentially, I was looking for a way to frame Prague to make it as appealing to my wife as Prague is to me. I read on this blog - The Top 15 Hollywood Movies Shot in Prague - the following advice and then purchased a copy of Les Miserables – the C19th revolutionary epic set in Paris:

Before Tom Hooper’s laborious 2012 film version based on the Broadway musical, Danish director Billie August (Pelle the Conqueror) made this non-musical (and vastly superior) version of Victor Hugo’s classic story. I don’t know why it’s so under-seen: it’s one of the best film versions of this story, with a dynamite cast that includes Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Geoffrey Rush, and Claire Danes in the central roles. Filming took place at Barrandov Studios and throughout Prague, which filled in for 19th-century Paris.

Well, Liam Neeson and his baritone drawl worked a treat and the Mrs gave her consent to the booking flights for the end of April 2016 for both of us to go to Prague! For the hotel, we have a booking in the amazing looking Hotel Raffaella (4* and at a bargain!) which is 0.4 miles from Wenceslas Square! I will treading in the footsteps of John Dee, Franz Kafka, James Bond & Hellboy! I am, needless to say, very excited … However, this jaunt to the continent will be well documented: I plan on bringing mobile blogging apparatus, cameras, portable field recorders & binoculars.

Meanwhile expect blog articles about everything from Communist era Czech Movie posters to the newer, more silent Prague tram system.

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I have the good fortune to be in the VIBE Collective. We hold a residency every second and last Saturday night of the calendar month at a local venue, RETRO Bar. I will embed our Facebook feed at the bottom of this post for you to get more information about what we get up to.

VIBE Harrogate

Last night, the 31st of October, was a VIBE event – it was a bit of a quiet one but a good time was had by all. The tag line for our events is Serious About Dance Music?’ and we offer a night for those people who take their dance music seriously, an alternative to the more commercial offerings that the other venues in town put on. The collection of other DJs showcase some of the most technically accomplished talent our fair town has to offer …. and I open the night. The other DJs play a whole German IDM / Tech House / Balearic vibe. I opened last night with the dirtiest Funk set I have ever played – it was pure filth!

One of the other DJs, Ben, runs a tent at Alchemy Festival in Leicestershire – called Psychedelic Breakfast. He very kindly booked me to play next years (2016) festival. Yes, my first festival booking! Amazing! I really am over the moon on this one – but, we will see how it goes and I am not counting my chickens before the eggs hatch.