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Twitch and Wilkes from Optimo (Espacio)

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Finally caught the renowned Optimo DJ duo in action at the Reading Rooms in Dundee. Last time I was here, in 2008, I saw Andrew Weatherall in action and I wanted to shoot a panorama but wasn’t able to). This time I came prepared… and determined…

Optimo (Espacio) was a long-running club night/institution in Glasgow. The weekly residency may’ve finished but JD Twitch and JG Wilkes regularly take their show on the road to showcase the mixes which make their DJ sets so legendary.

Eclectic is an oft-used term but it genuinely applies to these guys’ sets. Note the AC/DC sleeve poking out; not often you’ll hear that in a tracklist next to Chicago acid house classics and Boddika jack trax. I’ve been enjoying their mixes for close to a decade so it was good to finally see them in person.

A taster of the International Cheese Awards 2012

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Cheese as far as the eye can see: a cheeselovers paradise!

Over three and a half thousand cheeses were entered into this year’s International Cheese Awards in Nantwich… their largest ever show, and the best place in the world to see, taste (and smell) cheeses of every conceivable variety and class.

This was the trade day: a chance to observe the judges at work, the products looking perfect, meet the producers (some familiar, some not), and soak up some of the atmosphere as the winners of each class, and eventually the supreme champions were announced. I shot a range of 360° panoramas from high above the trade floor… probably the only way to convey just how much cheese there was on display!

High above a Handmade open workshop in Hebden Bridge

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for this year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. After capturing some of Thingumajig and Handmade’s creations at the recent Pollination Parade, director Andrew Kim asked me to come down and capture the joyously organised chaos of dozens of kids and adult helpers, all working in sync to make the parade more spectacular then ever. This was meant to be the last open session before the big day, and it was always going to be a wonderful spectacle.

Now in its fifth year, the parade gets bigger and better with every iteration. This year’s theme is ‘Enchanted Wood’, and floating high above the floor at Victoria Mill where the dress rehearsals and last-minute refinements were taking place, that woodland motif is apparent. From oak leaves to giant hedgehog and deer, the puppets and costumes look fantastic, and the excitement was palpable.

Originally scheduled for Saturday 23rd, the parade had to be rescheduled following the severe flooding which so badly affected parts of the Calder Valley on Friday 22nd. Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden were all hit by rising water levels, and on the Saturday everyone was focused on mucking in and cleaning off Hebden’s centre. However with some nifty and rapid reorganisation, the parade was rescheduled for Saturday 30th June, to happily co-exist between the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launch and the Mytholmroyd Gala.

This is just a sneak peek… hopefully you can come along on Saturday at 11am to see the rescheduled parade… show your support for the many children and adults who’ve worked so hard to make this happen; the resilient Hebden Bridge community, and the Calder Valley in general. It might rain on our parade, but it won’t extinguish the spirits of the people which makes this part of the world so special!

Don’t worry, bee happy: Todmorden’s Pollination Parade

Wide-angle elevated photo of Pollination Parade in Todmorden

Here’s an aerial panorama of this weekend’s Pollination Parade (as it passes Todmorden Market) which launched Incredible Edible Todmorden’s new Green Route…and coincided with both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, and a welcome window of sunshine!

The parade showcased the best of local creative talent. Led by Handmade Parade and featuring artworks from Thingumajig Theatre it was a riot of color, activity and music. The atmosphere was great; the costumes and performances were fantastic; and everyone had a brilliant time.

If you were there, see if you can spot yourself in the crowd by linking on the picture below to view a 360° view. (My favourite bits are the young lad doing a handstand, and Andrew Kim energetically at the fore of the parade on his stilts!)

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(Update) Here’s a couple more views, this time from outside the front of the Town Hall on Halifax Road.

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Paella and panoramas at Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show

I’m never one to shy away from the call of good food, and at an event where several of my clients were taking part, the invite was just too tempting to resist! The event in question was Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show at Ewood Park, Blackburn; probably the North West’s premiere event for producers, distributors and food lovers.

We’ve worked with Levanter before, photographing them at various events, and what really fascinated us was their presence: the banter and salesmanship around their artisanal Spanish produce, the skill and timing in making and serving those giant paellas, and Joe’s superb guitar skills. So we agreed to film a timelapse video to capture the whole experience. The busy crowds on the day loved the fragrant, vibrant mix of colours and aromas, as well as the tastings of charcuterie on sale; and long queues formed as each paella was ready to serve.

I also shot a series of linked 360°panoramic views, featuring Foodlink NorthWest, Incredible Edible, and Port of Lancaster Smokehouse amongst others, which you can view below. Hope you enjoy the show as much as those on the day did!

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