For quite a few years now I have been collaborating on an occasional basis with poet Rebecca Goss, on a web-based project we called the Jupiter Project. It is so-called because we both liked the idea of pictures taken with a Soviet-era 50mm lens called the "Jupiter 8". The actual lens in question was made in 1968, and is roughly the same age as me. We've recently added a couple of new poem/picture combinations, Tall Grasses and The Horses. Although the lens offered me some variety (and two effective focal lengths) when used on film and Olympus digital cameras, and has a look all of its own, we both realised that the lens was less interesting than the ideas we had been exploring. I'm not going to say too much about it just yet, but I thought I would note here that we've started working on a more wide ranging, and hopefully more coherent, project that might just appear in print. I'll have more news soon.
I'm going to be talking about my collaboration with Rebecca Goss on our Jupiter Project at an Ideas lab at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool on Wednesday 14 December 4pm – 7pm. It's a free event, but booking is required (see below). The aim of the event is to think about our practice as writers and photographers when we collaborate, and will talk about the experience of working with a poet, about the way Rebecca and I began our project. I will introduce The Jupiter Project and discuss the process of collaboration—what works for us and what doesn’t—and how it has changed the way I think about photography and writing; how they complement each other, but also their separate limitations and strengths.
I'm going to be joined by Robert Sheppard, Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University, who will speak about the possibilities and potential of collaboration between photography and poetry.
Reserve your free place at Open Eye Gallery, call +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email email@example.com.
Lime Street is one of Liverpool's most important streets. It is a four-lane thoroughfare that takes you past St George's Hall and the station to which it gives it's name until it becomes Renshaw Street and heads off towards the Chinese Arch. It is also one of the most run down and neglected streets in the city centre and, despite being home to significant buildings, such as The Vines pub and the Futurist cinema, is in line for redevelopment. The Vines will stay, but a large number of buildings, spanning over a century of Liverpool history, are to be demolished. Current plans are for student residences and the kind of bland shop fronts that you can see in just about every redeveloped city. The width of this busy road makes it difficult to skip across easily and the heavy traffic makes it hostile to pedestrians, so I stuck to one side and photographed the Futurist (now sporting it's original name Picture House) and other buildings from there. Mostly, I was looking the other way, which, as it turns out, is what most people have been doing for the past two decades.
Read more about this series and buy prints here.
This was taken on Southport Pier one cold February afternoon. August seemed a good time to post it.
This was taken in Grasmere churchyard from a distance of no more than three metres. When a wild rabbit allows you to get that close it usually means there's a problem, but there was nothing obviously wrong with the animal, which was happily grazing amongst the feet of tourists.