This May I invested in a new camera, something I've wanted since it was first announced; the Fuji X-E1.
I don't think you'll find anyone who can deny how beautiful it is - with it's nigh-on-perfect design and high quality metal construction. Unfortunately I've never been one who could manage form over function, but luckily every report I read on the X-E1 suggested it could match up to most high end SLRs in terms of image and lens quality and - most importantly - high ISO performance.
So I took the plunge and ordered an X-E1 with the 'standard' lens, an 18-55mm (f2.8-4),...
So I've been well slack on the blog posts for the past 6 months. One reason for this is that we have been rebuilding and relaunching the Example Magazine website. It's now up and running so I can spread myself around some more!
Since the relauch I've posted up a few articles and galleries
The xx Review
Dour Festival Review
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Many of my blog posts start with an apology for a lack of activity and this will be no exception. It's been aaaaages since my last post. I've been busy but it's no excuse. I'm sorry.
So here's some shots from a recent promo shoot with 1xtra resident DJ and all-round top gyal DJ Barely Legal (aka Chloe). Although small in stature her reputation is growing each week, with her most recent highfiveworthy achievement being personally selected by Four-Tet for his huge Warehouse Project lineup. Bigness. Check out her soundcloud for various awesome mixes.
I apologise for the lack of information I've been blogging recently - life moves at at least 100mph these days.
I'm going back to a shoot I did a few months a go. A Belfast-based record label (DSNT) got in touch with me about shooting one of their artists who was based in Manchester. We worked some things out and eventually I got in touch with the artist, Deadsound, to organise it. It was a great coincidence when it turned out he lived on the same road as me, just a few doors down!
Check this mix from my man:
In organising the shoot, we decided on using the derelict...
Last year was definitely one that cemented Croatia as an essential summer destination for music-lovers. Especially those tired of the cliche and expense of the self parody that has become of Ibiza.
Real electronic music fans had quite a selection depending on their tastes; Hideout, Soundwave, Outlook, Dimensions and more ensured there was a reason for everyone to get a 'HRVATSKA' stamp in their passport.
I was lucky enough to make a couple of trips their, the first one was for Hideout 2012. A huge festival of varied dance music, ranging from the deepest house through to full...
Following on from my 'Best ofs' in 2010 and 2011, I decided 2012 featured so much amazing music from my fellow Mancunians that I would do a BEST OF MANCHESTER 2012 mix.
40 Tracks going through many genres and tempos. Give it a go! Oh and pls download & share if you care for it :)
The tracklisting is as follows:
Frameworks - Vanish ft Sabira Jade
Versa & Rowl - Jupiter
Arnaldo - A Song Name of One Word
Daughter - Love (Synkro Edit)
Fantastic Mr Fox - Power
Mr Scruff - Nervous Energy
Alex Coulton - Bounce
Stickman - Nappy Heads
Continuing my recollection of the past year I have to recount my trip to the most impressive club I have ever visited: Berghain.
It feels almost cliche to say that, but it really does live up to every expectation. The huge imposing power station on the East-side of town is a perfect looking venue for such a legend and getting in is not like wandering up to Fabric!
My visit to Berlin was primarily to see the Festival of Lights, however, shortly after my girlfriend and I had booked to go my thoughts turned to nightlife! I read many articles about Berlin and the resounding...
2012 was a fantastic year for music. I've truly lost count of the amount of amazing music I've heard over the past 12 months. I said I wasn't going to do any lists and I'll stick to that. Here's some random tunes that were the first to spring to mind when I started thinking about it - no favourites, no order & I'm sure I'll miss loads out, but there's enough here to enjoy!
John Talabot's superb remix of The xx, with a lick of Nero in for good measure
Exit Records smashed it with every release this year, this banger from Fracture was no exception!
Obviously, I talk a lot about photography- that is the general theme of both my website, and photographers websites in general- but in my 2012 review I'm going to big up anything that springs to mind as being outstanding. All of which leads us to...
Curiously Strawberry: Cereal of the Year 2012
Anyone who knows me very well will know I am a little bit of a connoisseur when it comes to cereal. Mainly stemming from being an extremely fussy eater as a child and cereal being one of the few things I would actually eat without shouting, screaming or distributing most of it on the kitchen...
One of the standout moments of 2012 was in early February. It was freezing cold and snowing on a Saturday night when I decided to take a trip into Manchester to a night called Selective Hearing. This was my first such trip to one of these events, although I had heard good things, the top of the bill was one Addison Groove, who I was desperate to see again after a storming set at a Swamp81 night in Cable in Oct 2011 (my favourite night of that year). Also on the bill were Randomer, who I knew pretty well from D&B releases on Med School and Hospital Records, and Objekt, a guy I had never seen...