a few updates to what i have been up to lately and why the absence too.
everyone that knows me knows my father Alan has dementia so it’s been taking most of my spare time up lately visiting the care home, hospital visits, you name it, it’s not something you would wish on anyone to endure or be the ones that care for the person living with dementia.
I have also been very busy with my Somewhere in Time exhibition at The Civic, Barnsley. We had a fabulous opening on the 22nd April, I made a speech, Councillor Tim Shepherd told the story of his mothers dementia, very moving, lifelong friend entertainer, poet and all round top fella Ronnie Steel read a couple of his poems he kindly wrote for me, Grandads Boots being my favourite. The Mayor Barnsley Councillor Linda Burgess did the official opening and shared her experiences with her own mother and dementia as well as dementia being her chosen charity this year.
We’ve also started doing a video with my friend Dan, a top videographer and together we are now producing high quality videos for business promotion, wedding, event, music, web and aerial with my PfCO CAA license.
The wedding of Elizabeth and Michael in Leeds City Centre at The Met Hotel was a fantastic success, very emotional for everybody and love was certainly in the air, I had the best time working for them, assisted with Wayne doing my lighting, it was a very long day but we gave them everything they requested plus a lot more including a fully edited video. one day prepping, one day shoot and three days editing stills and 3 days producing/editing the video. We certainly worked hard for our clients on this one. Great result and very happy people.
A commission shoot saw myself and Wayne heading into private woods in search of bluebells. It was to show what wildlife, flora and fauna would be devastated by the HS2 rail project close to the M1 corridor in both Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. We did about 10 miles walking with full camera kit bags but were blessed to have witnessed the most beautiful bluebell woods either of us had ever seen. Wild deer, rabbits, pheasant and numerous wild creatures and birds habit these areas of outstanding natural beauty, would be such a crime to have these destroyed just to save us time on a journey.
We have also done a shoot for the UK melodic rock band Ten, the album titled Gothica will be released on the 7th July so I can’t post any images just yet, I will say though they are some of my best work as is the alum the best of Ten’s work, stunning vocals with awesome guitars held together with the tightest of drums, bass and brilliant keyboards, I would recommend buying this at your earliest convenience, it’s going to be MASSIVE for them.
We have also been doing our Dementia Dogs visits to support groups throughout Barnsley, they are a huge success and I’ll be posting more info as things progress over the coming weeks/months, we have some great plans in the pipeline.
Until next time