Lockdown and Out

How’s everyone doing out there? The removal of lockdown restrictions next week is leaving a lot of us with a mix of anticipation and fear. While I’m sure we all want our lives back, jumping out from the cotton wool wrapped cocoon we’ve been forced into feels quite scary now.

Whatever you’re thinking, and whatever feels right for you, please keep sight of the fact that not everybody is in the same boat. Some people are still waiting for their second vaccination, some are more vulnerable than others to health issues, or may be protecting someone close to them who’s in that position. If you feel comfortable heading to gigs and festivals, have a brilliant time, but please keep testing (before and after) and if anyone wants to keep their distance and carry on wearing a mask, be a good guy and respect their choices.

Stay safe, stay kind, and look after each other.

Words and photos by Siobhan

16th July 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – July 2021 – music, photography & more…

Breaking Glass Magazine – June 2021

Cover image Alfie Ordinary presenting Now That’s What I Call Bingo at Spiegeltent for Brighton Fringe © 16 Beasley St Photography 

Despite ongoing restrictions, Brighton Fringe has once again pulled together a great range of shows in venues big and small across the city. Things may have been socially distanced but that didn’t detract from the performances, and the audience appreciation was clear to see. Check out our gallery of favourite productions below…

Make Up by NoLogoProductions at The Rialto

The Night Circus Cabaret at Sabai Pavilion

Dressing up Dietrich by Patricia Hartshorne at the New Steine Hotel

The Boys from The Chorus by Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus at St Nicholas Church 

The Lady in The Van by Sarah Mann Company at Brighton Open Air Theatre

Tell Me Why by NoAgEnDeR at One Church 

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost at The Rialto 

Now That’s What I Call Bingo with Alfie Ordinary at Spiegeltent 

Electric Cabaret at Chalk 

Words and photos by Siobhan

1st July 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition – Holding the Baby (Museum of the Home) | Interview with Polly Braden

Exhibition, Museum of the Home, 12th June – 29th August 2021
Holding the Baby   

Header shot: Barbeline and Elijah, Holding the Baby, 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

A striking new exhibition of work by photographer Polly Braden opened at the weekend at Museum of the Home. Holding the Baby takes an immersive look at the lived experience, challenges and strength of single parents facing austerity.

We spoke to Polly about her interest in not only capturing the image, but capturing something of the person in the picture too…

Your style of photography gives a real insight into its subjects – what drew you to documentary work rather than any other genre?

I’ve always been interested in people. When I worked at the Guardian, the picture editor would tell me off for taking too long, I’d want to find out all about a person before taking their picture.

Gemma with Freya, Jack & Elsie
Holding the Baby, 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

What was your first camera, how old were you?

My first camera was a Canon. I took a small darkroom kit with me to China when I taught at a University in Yangzhou in my early twenties.

And are there any other photographers whose work inspired you?

I love Susan Meiselas amongst others.

Your latest project Holding the Baby highlights the lived experience of being a single parent – can you tell us how you came to be involved?

Three years ago I became a single parent. At the same time I saw a report by the UN expert on poverty, Philip Alston, who came to the UK to look at the effects of austerity. He concluded that single parents had been hardest hit by changes to tax and benefits since 2010. 

The overall impact of policy decisions taken between 2010 and 2017 has meant lone parents lose around 15% of their net income on average – almost £1 in every £6. By contrast, the losses for all other family groups is much smaller, from nothing to 8%.

Equality and Human Rights Commission research report: ‘Tax, welfare, social security and public spending: a cumulative impact assessment’, November 2017.

I started to look at some of the prejudices leading to policies that scrutinise and punish the parent who has stayed and decided to make a new body of work highlighting the strength and resilience of being a lone parent, in order to change the dialogue. One in four children in the UK live with a lone parent and over 90% of them are single mothers.

Holding the Baby, 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

Aaron with his children Esme and Kai and partner Chloe
Holding the Baby, 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

How do you build the trust you obviously have with people that allows you to capture quite personal aspects of their lives?

The first time I meet someone I very seldom take their photo. First we speak about the project, see what they think about it. Talk about how it might work, where the photos will be shown, look examples of other similar projects and previous work. Then they need sometime to think it through. From then on, as with all relationships, they grow, slowly sometimes, more with some people than others, openly and through dialogue.

For this project in particular, what were the things that stood out to you as being most important to the people who took part?

Having a sense of control and understanding about how much they wanted to be involved, what the point of view was, how they would be seen, looking at the pictures and letting me know if something wasn’t right. For example, with Jana, for the first few months she didn’t want to be identified, so I shot all the photos with her facing away from the camera. Then she decided she wanted to show her face. One of the photos in the first edit was really strong but Jana spotted her bra strap showing. We reshot the image in a different outfit. The new image is one of the main images in the exhibition. She’s become really involved in the project, helping with research and we’ve spent a lot of time together.

Jana with Yaana
Holding the Baby 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

How do you select and prepare your images for exhibition?

I make a first edit, then print lots out. I have a magnetic wall in my studio, so I put them up and live with them for a bit. Some keep resonating, others less so. Then it’s great to see other peoples reaction to the photos and it tends to be quite a quick process of pulling the best ones out. Sometimes you go back to files years later and realise you missed good ones but generally the ones you pick start to have a life of their own, if they have that magic, their power grows.

And how does it feel to be able to have your work seen again in person with lockdown restrictions starting to lift?

It’s really exciting to be working towards showing this work at the museum. I can hardly even let myself image a lively opening with people in the gallery, it feels a world ago that we gathered in for exhibitions.

Holding the Baby, 2021, courtesy of Polly Braden

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A series of portraits and interviews conducted over a year long participatory project, Polly’s images are accompanied by text from Claire-Louise Bennett and Sally Williams.

The exhibition will tour to Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Arnolfini, Bristol, as part of the Museum of the Home’s new dynamic contemporary programme and mission to reveal and rethink the way we live in order to live better together.

Holding the Baby runs from 12th June – 29th August 2021

Museum of the Home – 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA (the museum entrance is opposite Hoxton Station, on Geffrye Street)
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Entry is free but, for now, all visitors, including babies, children, Friends and Patrons, need to book a timed ticket in advance. Please check the website for any updates before visiting.

All images and exhibition details are reproduced with permission from Flint Culture and are under the copyright of Polly Braden.

Interview by Siobhan

15th June 2021

Gallery – Toy Story

For our latest gallery, we’ve been to infinity and beyond (and that’s a long way) to find a selection of toys in a variety of situations. From structured toy photography to snaps of childhood favourites, take yourselves back in time and let’s play…

Header photo by Cath Dupuy, details in article

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Toy Photography

Best viewed with the songs by Johnny Cash: Ain’t no Grave or God’s Going To Cut You Down.

“In all the Toyboxes, with all the kids out there, I had to stumble on my own messed up Toybox. We are all lost here, although we know some toys just gotta be taken down a peg or two. Sometimes we have to not play nice either.”

By Seb Akehurst at Jolly Bearded Promotions – EtsyInstagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Rocking Horse

This much-loved rocking horse seems to have provided a lot of fun to children over the years.

Hush Little Baby

A well-preserved baby doll, washed in the afternoon light, kept safely in its cradle.

Photos were taken at Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale, Arizona

By Jennifer Mullins Photography – Website | Prints | Instagram | Twitter

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The Bugs Family go on Holiday

A lockdown ‘Create a Scene’ photography project! Created with a cardboard box, one of my photos of an Australian beach and some aquarium gravel!

These are my 2 best childhood toys, which I have had for over 60 years! The grey cat was given to me when I was 3 months old… so 65 yrs ago!

By Cath Dupuy – Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Matryoshka

By Tina Sherwood – Instagram

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Looking for a New Home

By Becky Jones – Twitter

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Gardening (Guarding) Against Predators

This is my 1966 Action Man that I’ve had since I was a boy, first time he’s been outdoors during the pandemic.

’Robin, I said don’t park the car there’

Batmobile and Bat Copter are well used toys that I’ve had since the 1960s. This Batmobile pictured is a Corgi 267 Batmobile and this one was first produced in October 1966. It was painted matt black and had wheels with red bats on gold hubs. It is known as the ‘red-hubs’ Batmobile and was produced for about 6 months.

By Gary Hough at allthecoolbandsphotography – Website |  Prints | Instagram | Twitter

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Hang On Woody!

A house in town has been keeping us entertained with their window displays during lockdown. Not sure if Buzz and Woody are escaping or trying to get back in but they’ve been hanging around for some time now.

Say Cheese

Photographers are looking younger all the time.

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Tyred

Who needs toys when a tyre will do? This image reminds me of the simple pleasures of childhood when the box was more fun than whatever was inside.

By Charlie Smith – Twitter

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Thank you to all the photographers who have contributed their pictures and stories; we look forward to seeing more of your work as things begin to open up in the world and you’re able to start covering your regular events and subjects again. You can check out more from all involved on the links shown.

Copyright for images remains with each named photographer, please do not reproduce without permission.

Our next gallery in August takes us back to nature with landscapes and wildlife in the great outdoors – submission details here.

9th June 2021

Kraszna-Krausz Photography & Moving Image Book Award Winners 2021

Header photo: Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva 

The winners of this year’s Kraszna-Krausz Foundation annual Photography and Moving Image Book Awards have now been announced, with the winning titles chosen as stand out examples of books representing each category. As always, the long and short lists were full of contemporary issues, including cultural identity; collective experiences; social injustices; migration and memory from around the world. It’s heartening to see an award that doesn’t focus solely on commercial popularity and opens its doors to a diverse range of creatives.

Amidst tough competition, the Photography Book Award has been awarded jointly to Sunil Gupta for Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity and Maria Kapajeva for Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear.

Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity by Sunil Gupta, edited by Dr Mark Sealy MBE (Autograph in association with The Photographers’ Gallery and Ryerson Image Centre)

Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva (Milda Books)

Sunil Gupta is known for his photographic work depicting the injustice suffered by the LGBTQ+ community and highlighting race and migration against the constant of family life. His images form an important social commentary and have been exhibited globally. This book forms his first major retrospective.

Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity by Sunil Gupta

Maria Kapajeva’s work focuses on women’s position in contemporary society; the title of her book Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear comes from the lyrics of March of Enthusiasts, featured in the Soviet movie The Bright Way (1940) about a female weaver making her journey from peasant to Stakhanovite (a group of workers who regularly surpassed production targets and were specially honoured and rewarded). The book is centred on a textiles factory in Estonia.


Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva

The winners of this year’s Moving Image Book Award are Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster for their books On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo and 1970—2018 Interviews with Med Hondo.

On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo and 1970—2018 Interviews with Med Hondo edited by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster (Co-published by Archive Books and Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst. Funded by TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation)

Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster have used their combined skills and knowledge in art history, philosophy, film studies, cultural research and writing to document the talent of Med Hondo, a Mauritanian film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and voice actor who gained acclaim for his work until his death in 2019.

On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo and 1970—2018 Interviews with Med Hondo edited by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster 

Digital live-streamed events centred around the winning titles will take place on 1st June for the Photography Book Award and 3rd June for the Moving Image Book Award, hosted by and in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery.

You can find more details about the awards on the Kraszna-Krausz website.

Words by Siobhan
Images reproduced with permission via Flint Culture and copyrighted as detailed, book spread shots by David Tett Photography 

24th May 2021

Exhibition – On the Outskirts of the Toy Box (The Market Place Theatre)

Exhibition, The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh, 28th May – 17th July 2021
On the Outskirts of the Toy Box  

Previously on Breaking Glass, we’ve featured the photography of Seb Akehurst, aka Jolly Bearded Promotions. Now we’re absolutely delighted to see Seb launching his own exhibition featuring his meticulously detailed brand of toy photography.

He explains, “Think back to your younger self and delve into memories of your favourite toys. Do you remember taking them on adventures? In this body of work, I explore the joys of play and imagination, using childhood toys to forgotten toys from charity shops to toys passed on to me by friends.

These toys can be recognised from all different toyboxes in movies, cartoons and comics. By intertwining these toy storylines, I have sought to recreate the limitless imagination which we had when we were kids playing and creating our own worlds for these characters. My hope when viewing this collection is that you are brought back to a time without rules and restrictions, to a time when you wrote the storyline about what happens outside of the toybox”.

The opening event will be held on Friday 28th May, and limited capacity viewing slots can be booked here. Thereafter, from Saturday 29th, the exhibition is free to the public. Do get along if you’re in the area, this is sure to bring back some memories and put a smile on your face.

On the Outskirts of the Toy Box runs from 28th May – 17th July 2021
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh BT61 7BW
Please check the website for further information about your visit

You can find Jolly Bearded Promotions on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook

Images © Daniel Fagan

17th April 2021

Kraszna-Krausz Photography & Moving Image Book Awards 2021

Header photo – Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity by Sunil Gupta 

Bringing together another excellent collection of photography and moving image books, The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the long and shortlists for its 2021 awards. It feels fitting that after a year where protests against unjust events have been prevalent in the public eye worldwide, the books up for consideration address issues including gender, identity, history, social injustice, community and memory. The awards offer an opportunity for creatives from all backgrounds and genres to gain recognition and have their work reach a wider audience.

The judging panel for the Photography Book Award commented:
“This year’s longlist demonstrates that photography books with substance are more powerful than simply beautiful photography. The submissions revealed a strong sense of innovative storytelling about contemporary society, made clear through the way images have been combined as well as the texts included and the design of the books. The longlist is an incredible mix of archive, artists, historians, photographers and theorists.”

Professor Gideon Koppel, Judge, Moving Image Book Award noted:
“Now seems to be a particularly relevant time to be thinking about moving pictures and sounds, and how this field interacts with other ideas about humanity. We are in the middle of a technological revolution, where there is an acceleration of new ways to make and experience moving images and sound. So it didn’t surprise me to see a noticeable collection of books musing on the future by looking to the past.”

You can find more information about the work of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and the selected books listed on their website.

2021 Photography Book Award Shortlist

Destiny edited by Myles Russell Cook with contributors 

– Centralia by Poulomi Basu (Dewi Lewis Publishing)

– Destiny edited by Myles Russell-Cook with contributors (National Gallery of Victoria)

– Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva (Milda Books)

– Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity by Sunil Gupta, edited by Dr Mark Sealy MBE (Autograph in association with The Photographers’ Gallery and Ryerson Image Centre)

2021 Moving Image Book Award Shortlist

Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts by Gregory Zinman

– Dialectics without Synthesis: Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame by Naoki Yamamoto (University of California Press)

– Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts by Gregory Zinman (University of California Press)

– On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo and 1970—2018 Interviews with Med Hondo edited by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster (Co-published by Archive Books and Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst. Funded by TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation)

– The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor by Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky (Duke University Press)

2021 Photography Book Award Longlist

Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian

– Centralia by Poulomi Basu (Dewi Lewis)

– Constructed Landscapes by Dafna Talmor (Fw:Books)

– Destiny edited by Myles Russell-Cook with contributors (National Gallery of Victoria)

– Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear by Maria Kapajeva (Milda Books)

Encampment, Wyoming: Selections from the Lora Webb Nichols Archive 1899-1948 edited by Nicole Jean Hill (Fw:Books)

– Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment by Cemre Yeşil Gönenli (Gost)

– I Can Make You Feel Good by Tyler Mitchell (Prestel Publishing)

– Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial by Jessica Ingram (University of North Carolina Press)

– Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian (Aperture)

– Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity by Sunil Gupta, edited by Dr Mark Sealy MBE (Autograph in association with The Photographers’ Gallery and the Ryerson Image Centre)

– The New Woman Behind the Camera by Andrea Nelson (National Gallery of Art, Washington)

– Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa by Jennifer Bajorek (Duke University Press)

2021 Moving Image Book Award

Dialetics without Synthesis: Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame by Naoki Yamamoto 

– Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art, and Neocapitalism by Ara H Merjian (University of Chicago Press)

– Bombay Hustle by Debashree Mukherjee (Columbia University Press)

– Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia by Jonathan Walley (Oxford University Press)

– Dialectics without Synthesis: Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame by Naoki Yamamoto (University of California Press)

– Ends of Cinema edited by Richard Grusin and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece (University of Minnesota Press)

– Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts by Gregory Zinman (University of California Press)

– Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary: War and the Animated Film by Donna Kornhaber (University of Chicago Press)

– On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo and 1970—2018 Interviews with Med Hondo edited by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster (Archive Books)

– Paris in the Dark: Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930–1950 by Eric Smoodin (Duke University Press)

– The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor by Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky (Duke University Press)

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6th May 2021

Gallery – The High Street

The high street has been the focus of multiple changes this last year, with shops forced into lockdown, some sadly not to reopen. It’s a tough business with the escalation of online retail, nonetheless a rise in independent stores always brings a fresh feel to an area. We’ve gathered together a variety of high streets, showing their different faces around the world, along with the impact on surrounding areas and transport links to the city…

Header photo by Steve White, details in article

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The High Street

By Steven Medeiros Photography – Website | Instagram

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Onyx Sweet Shoppe

Onyx Sweet Shoppe, located in F.Q. Story Historic neighbourhood in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, opened in February 2020, right before the world closed down. Vernon and Kathi Williams, who own the shop, bake homemade goods that have been family favorites. They always make everyone feel welcomed and support the community.

Street Market

Roosevelt Row Art District adds a unique flavor to downtown Phoenix. Along with the colorful murals, there is always something happening. Saturday is market day outside The Churchill, where vendors sell their wares and masked-up people face the heat to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

By Jennifer Mullins – Website | Instagram 

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Shop Local

Mona Lisa

Both images are of Whitstable High Street in Kent and feature street art by local artist ‘Catman’.

By Lee Thompson – Website

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Sign of the times…

The photograph was taken at the downtown Irving Texas station on a Saturday. The platform was unoccupied except for myself. A sign of the times…  Ridership and traffic are way down from the norm.

Loneliness

This photograph was taken at the Dallas, Texas Union Station in the early morning at sunrise, downtown Dallas.  The station is the main passenger hub for the city of Dallas and usually busy with people and train traffic.

By Robert C. Maxfield II Photography – Website | Instagram | Facebook 

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Lucy’s Basement, Dublin

Sexy Cafe, Barmouth, Wales

By Ingrid Turner Photography – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Where the High Street has no name: Trinidad, Cuba
(Summer Cigar Break from the Factory)

By Courtney Tjaden – Instagram

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Scrummies, Worthing

Beyond Retro, Brighton

By Becky Jones – Twitter

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Dead

I actually set off up my local high street with the full intention of taking some photos showing things in a positive light. I even went in the middle of the day on a Saturday when there’s a usually bustling market. When I got there the only thoughts I had were “tatty”, “drab”, “depressing”. Then it hit me just how many shops/businesses have closed down. Whilst the Covid lockdown has made things worse the general opinion is that most buildings are now owned by big national companies who, through greed, are charging so much for rent the shops cannot survive. All of the photos in the collage were taken along a stretch less than 500m long. I was approached by another photo enthusiast who, after I explained what I was doing, summed things up in just a few words – “Our High Street is dead”.

By Steve White – Instagram

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Window Shopping

Wandering along the street looking for a good place to take a couple of shots brings the unlikely juxtaposition of IDLES and this traditional bridal shop window in Southsea.

Road Closed

It’s not just the shops that have been closed in lockdown; this is one of many social distancing measures taken in town. I wonder how it will look in a year’s time.

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography – Website | Instagram | Twitter 

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A huge thank you to all our featured photographers; lovely to have some new contributors amongst old friends! You can check out more of their work on the links shown.

Copyright for images remains with each named photographer, please do not reproduce without permission.

Our next gallery in June will be ‘Toy Story’ – submission details here.

16th April 2021

IWD 2021 – Jennifer Mullins Photography

Header shot: Love

Over the last year, we’ve featured photography, reviews and interviews from Phoenix based Jennifer Mullins. Her contributions are always from the heart and show her love of the worlds of music and photography. And so, it’s lovely to have her involved in our International Women’s Day series, passing on the poignant story of how she ended up behind the camera and the solace it has brought…


Serenity

The Transformative Power of Photography

I began my journey in photography when I met my future husband.  Mike had a lot of camera equipment and tremendous patience as he taught me how to shoot with film and the right settings to use. I soon developed a passion for expressing myself creatively through this medium, even placing second in a northern New York competition. I continued exploring photography after our marriage, but it waned once I had my kids. Then it was more focused on family photos.

On March 13, 2012, Mike died of an accidental opioid overdose, something he’d been struggling with for a long time. I was absolutely devastated by his death and realized that the world was no longer solid. I discovered the Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ), a place where I had some serenity, and I could breathe again. I soon bought a digital camera and began taking it with me when I would go there. Photography gave me respite from the grief that I was walking through, even if it was the short time that I was looking through the viewfinder.

Desert Botanical Garden

Over time, I began to spend more time photographing nature, discovering Arizona’s beauty, and learning techniques through online courses and videos that helped me become a better photographer. I learned from my mistakes, such as setting my ISO too high on a bright day while hiking and having nothing but blown-out shots to show for it.

Top: Solace in the Woods
Bottom: Fire on  the Mountain 

My focus in photography took a 180 degree turn when I began photographing my son, Alex, who is a musician. Suddenly, I was shooting in low-light venues without a flash and learning how to shoot with a high ISO. I was very fortunate to meet wonderful young women photographers who encouraged me to shoot in manual mode, showed me which settings to use, and gave me tips for editing the finished photos. Soon I was traveling to different venues around Phoenix to see my son and other local bands. I also became the photographer for the Phoenix Film Festival four years ago, which brought me into the world of indie films and filmmakers.

Alex Mullins

Sydney Sprague & Danielle Durack harmonizing

First Aid Kit

Coyote Tango

Since Mike’s death, my world has expanded so much. I’ve met so many wonderful musicians, photographers and enjoyed the intimacy of hearing live music in clubs. One night when I was driving home from a show, I realized how full circle my life had come. I met Mike when he played a coffee-house at Syracuse University and felt connected to him through his original music. Now I’m using the gift of photography that he gave me to capture the world of music and many other subjects and growing in creative ways that I never dreamed of doing at this stage in my life. Photography proved to be a pathway to healing.

Hands at Work

Words and photos © Jennifer Mullins: Website | Instagram 

The rest of our IWD 2021 series can be viewed here

12th March 2021

IWD 2021 – Petra Eujane Photography

Header shot: Lisa Canny for Sofar Sounds

Today, we’re delighted to share some favourite images from Petra Eujane Photography in our International Women’s Day series. Petra has contributed to Breaking Glass a number of times before and always brings an original take on the styles and genres she covers. She tells us more about her work here…


Charlotte East performing for Nora Productions

I am a performance and portrait photographer based in South West London. I have been developing my skills as a gig photographer for twelve years and took the leap two years ago in becoming a full-time freelancer.

Top: Amy Fitz Doyley performing at Upstairs at The Ritzy
Bottom: Call Me Unique for Sofar Sounds

My passion for photography developed through my passion for live music and the desire to capture the magic of a single moment in one image. I am still pursuing that ultimate goal and that perfect photograph… but it is an ongoing journey that has allowed me to meet some incredibly talented women and witness so many phenomenal performances over the years.


Susan Jane Dunford – Visual Artist

In celebration of International Women’s Day I have selected images of some of the wonderful female artists it has been my privilege to photograph and meet over the years.

Left: Emma Kitchen of Emma & The Fragments
Right: Nualas Music for Live Expressions

I have predominately worked with musicians in my photography, but more recently I have also enjoyed shooting for spoken word performers, visual artists, dancers and actors.

Winnie and the Rockettes

Words and photos © Petra Eujane Photography, you can find more of her work on the following links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

The rest of our IWD 2021 series can be viewed here

11th March 2021

 

IWD 2021 – Tasha Jeffs Photography

For our latest International Women’s Day feature, we’re sharing the work of photographer Tasha Jeffs. With a mix of subjects and styles, Tasha’s images show creativity, versatility and flair. Here, she shares some of her favourite shots…

Tasha Jeffs:

I am a Music, Portrait and Documentary photographer, based in Manchester/ the north west.

I recently finished my Masters degree in Music Photography and before that I completed my BA in Photojournalism. My favourite thing to shoot is live music and this is what I want to do full time eventually.

However, I also do portraits, landscapes and documentary photography. I am currently freelancing and also continuing to build up my portfolio in the hopes that after the pandemic ends and gigs come back properly again, I can shoot for a magazine or agency. For now, I am mainly focusing on landscape photography and will soon be opening a store where I will be selling prints of my photographs.

Words and photos © Tasha Jeffs Photography. You can see more images and information on her website and follow her new projects on Instagram.

The rest of our IWD 2021 series can be viewed here

9th March 2021

IWD 2021 – Tish Murtha Film Kickstarter

I’ve heard people ask, “What’s the point of street or documentary photography, as surely you’re simply taking a photo of what’s in front of you?” It feels like a clear cut case of the answer being in the question. What’s in front of you is a snapshot of real life, as it is at that exact moment in time, never has been before and never will be again, not exactly. I think often that this style of photography really comes into its own over time, when you can look back at an image and see a similar scene in your memories, when it reminds you of the social, economic and even fashion differences between contrasting groups, and when its accuracy makes you smile.

The most effective social documentary imagery comes when the subjects are comfortable with the photographer and the pictures are natural rather than posed. With a keen eye through the lens and an obvious respect for her community, Tish Murtha leaves a beautiful legacy in her pictures documenting the highs and lows of her north-east working class neighbourhood.

Her daughter, Ella, has taken on the task of ensuring that Tish’s work gets the recognition it absolutely deserves, and is working with producer Jen Corcoran  and director Paul Sng on TISH, a feature length documentary celebrating her work. A Kickstarter campaign for this has just launched with a view to production starting in April; the trailer below will give you an idea of how good this promises to be.

The Kickstarter link is here with details of rewards available including tote bags, premiere tickets and limited edition Tish Murtha photo prints and illustrations. There is more information from the press release below.

KICKSTARTER LAUNCHED FOR DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING PHOTOGRAPHER TISH MURTHA

‘British photographer Tish Murtha’s images of those on the margins of society challenged and documented the inequality faced by working-class communities, and in equal measures celebrated what it means to be working-class. Unlike many social documentary photographers, Tish was from the same streets as the people she photographed, lending a poignant intimacy to her stark yet tender black and white images. However, despite early acclaim for her work and undeniable talent, she struggled to make a living from photography and lived in poverty until her death at the age of 56.

Tish’s brilliant eye, unswerving ethics and constant empathy are present in her photographs, yet little is known of the artist herself. In this new feature documentary, Ella sets out to uncover why her mother’s work wasn’t fully appreciated in her lifetime, through unseen archive materials, personal notebooks, correspondence, and interviews with the people who knew her. By digging into the past, will Ella come to terms with her own grief at her mother’s passing?

Ella, who also runs the Tish Murtha Archive, says, “We are living through incredibly divided times, where working-class people have been manipulated, just like the class warfare that my mam warned about in the essay for her exhibition Youth Unemployment. There has never been a more relevant time to go back, meet the people from these photos and really try to understand how their generation were exploited and devalued. I want to make an honest, celebratory film about my mam and her life, and hope it will be moving, tender and also uplifting. I’d like people to know who Tish Murtha was and for her character to jump out of the screen the way her photos do. She was an incredible woman: determined, kind and fierce, but also incredibly sensitive. She had to learn to be tough from a very young age and fight for everything; she was extremely principled, always stood up to bullies and was frequently labelled ‘difficult’. But Tish was a beautiful, simple soul and I wouldn’t want to come from any other womb.”

TISH will be produced by Jen Corcoran through her Teesside-based company Freya Films and Paul Sng’s Velvet Joy Productions.’

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Please, if you are able, consider contributing to this project or sharing the link. Tish Murtha was an extraordinarily talented photographer and we’re very happy to be able to include her in our International Women’s Day features. What’s the point of street photography? Take a look at the Tish Murtha website here for your answer, and follow the film’s progress on Twitter and Instagram.

Words by Siobhan (excluding press release excerpt)

The rest of our IWD 2021 series can be viewed here

8th March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021 – A Celebration

Model in red jacket looking over sunglasses

Today marks what is technically the 110th International Women’s Day, after first being recognised in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911. Since the United Nations started marking the event in 1975 it has become more established and, in more recent times, has cemented its place as a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

All this week for IWD 2021, we’ll be celebrating the talent of women creatives from the worlds of art, music, photography and the charity sector. At the risk of some self-directed trumpet blowing, this is a great series and we hope you’ll join us each morning and afternoon to see the latest feature.

As it says on the International Women’s Day website, ‘We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world’.

The images shown here are taken by Milan based photographer Oriana Spadaro, whose work we have had the privilege to feature previously. Check out her website and Instagram below for a wonderful mix of music, portrait, fashion, street and reportage photography.

Photographer: Oriana Spadaro – Website | Instagram
Model: Loretta – Instagram

The rest of our IWD 2021 series can be viewed here

8th March 2021

Gallery – All Creatures Great & Small

Fox with mouth stretched open

‘Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms’ – George Eliot

From rescue pets to wildlife reclaiming its natural environment, there’s no doubting that creatures of all shapes and sizes have made lockdown a lot more bearable for many of us. Take a look through our gallery and smiles are guaranteed. Images are in no particular order other than to separate the squirrels from the squawkers!

Header photo by Lou Smith, details in article

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Chicken, You Say?

Large dog looking into camera

White-Tailed Eagle Feeding

Large bird flying across water

By Alan Cruickshank Photographic – Instagram

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Paradise Lost

Green parrot in tree

My Nuts are Frozen!

Squirrel in snow

By Clare Ratcliffe – Instagram | Facebook

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Fudge

Three legged dog wearing lilac dog jumper

By Tina Sherwood – Instagram

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Punk Cat Diggle

Cat laying on wooden table

Punk Cat Shelley

Cat looking into camera

By garymhoughphotography – Website | Music Photography Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Through Red Vine

Small bird perched in branches

Squirrel Impossible

Squirrel hanging upside down from a branch

By Seb K Akehurst – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Paddy

Dog running through the waves at the beach

Farne

Farne (bird) perched on wooden fence

By Mark Cartwright – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Bella at Rest

Curled up cat

Sonoran Prairie Dog

Prairie dog by cacti

By Jennifer Mullins – Website | Instagram

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Spiggy

White long haired dog

By Becky Jones – Twitter

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Foxy and Mum

2 foxes standing on hind legs facing each other

Fox licking its lips

By Lou Smith – Website | Instagram

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Hanging Out with the Gulls

Seagulls on railings

Watching You Watching Me

Squirrel looking out from a tree

By Petra Eujane Photography – Website | Instagram

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Ladybird Tryst

2 ladybirds on a rusty pipe

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

Donkey poking head through a gate

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Thank you so much to all the photographers who have introduced us to their friends and familiars; this one has been an absolute pleasure to compile. All images are copyright of the named photographer – do check out more of their work on the links shown.

Our next gallery is planned for April and will look at the changing face of the high street. Submissions open at the end of March – if you have a favourite independent shop, photos from lockdown and busier days in town, or street photography that you’d like us to feature, look out for more details nearer the time. 

10th February 2021

Festival Memories

Someone with heavily tattooed legs wearing DM boots, shot from the shins down

Missing live music, missing being able to plan for summer festivals and ticking off the indoor winter festivals that we should already have been to? Here are some reminders in pictures, in black and white for now, but see you down the front in full colour when it’s safe again…

The Sound of the Crowd

Puns In Buns and Meals on Wheels

The holy trinity of spacemen, tents and fairground rides

Don’t forget the little ones…

…or the compost toilets and dancing security

Hands in the air (not so easy if you’re a T-Rex)

Who knows what the rest of the year brings but, when the time comes, imagine how amazing it’ll be to tread the fields again – take care till then.

Words and photos from 2000 Trees, Victorious Festival, No. 6 Festival and Always the Sun © Siobhan

29th January 2021

Photo Galleries 2021 – Submission Info

The silhouettes of the backs of two ladies sitting on a bench in an art gallery looking at 4 brightly coloured David Hockney pictures

Photo Galleries 2021

Last year closed the doors (several times) on many photographers being able to access their usual subject matter. What was clear though was that you can’t curb creativity for long, and many of you shared your lockdown images with us, which was much appreciated and a source of inspiration. The introduction of themed photo galleries also brought some welcome relief from the ever-present Covid restrictions. As we’re still not quite out the other end of the tunnel, we’ll be compiling different galleries bi-monthly this year. Thanks for your suggestions for new themes; we’ve incorporated as many as possible. As each one draws near, there will be reminder posts on Instagram and Twitter and, for easy reference, all details can be found below. Please check info for the individual gallery and the full set of guidelines at the end of the post. In addition to these, if you have a photographic project or mixed portfolio you’d like us to consider for feature, drop us an email to discuss, with a brief outline and link to your work.

February – The Animal Kingdom

Dachshund walking across grass

Subject ideas: Animals of all shapes and sizes, pets or wildlife but nothing in captivity please, people can be included in the images…

Text / details: Titles for images only

Submission Dates: 25th January – 5th February 

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April – The High Street

Black & white shot of a fairly empty high street in lockdown, closed shops, 2 people in the distance sitting on a bench, 2 more walking away talking, 1 person at the front of the picture wearing a face mask and talking on their mobile phone

Subject ideas: Your local high street in lockdown or from busier days, favourite shops, urban street art, people shopping…

Text / details: Required – titles for images, optional – up to 50 words max about your images

Submission Dates: 29th March – 9th April

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June – Toy Story

Black and whit shot of a traditional style curly teddy bear wearing a cable knit jumper

Subject ideas: Your favourite childhood toys or games (if you still have them), a child’s toys, structured toy photography, lost toys in the street…

Text / details: Required – titles for images, optional – up to 50 words max about your images

Submission Dates: 24th May – 4th June

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August – Back to Nature

Rolling green hills under blue sky with fluffy white clouds

Subject ideas: Landscapes, seascapes, parks, gardens, flowers, trees, birds…

Text / details: Titles for images only

Submission Dates: 26th July – 6th August

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October – Album Covers

3 album sleeves - Tigertown Pictures by Comet Gain, Love Bites by Buzzcocks and Fold Your Hands Clhild You Walk Like A Peasant by Belle & Sebastian

Subject ideas: Your favourite album covers in their natural habitat, whether that’s amongst other records, CDs, cassettes or in your arms! Images can be of single or multiple albums and MUST be photos you have taken of albums that have been purchased to avoid copyright issues…

Text / details: Required – titles for images, optional – up to 50 words max about your images

Submission Dates: 27th September – 8th October

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December – Best of 2021 / Best Music Shots

Lead singer of the band Creatures holding up a microphone, psychedelic lit up visuals behind him

Subject ideas: Our regular end of year features – currently we can only hope that there will be content for the live music gallery, the general Best of 2021 gallery will be an opportunity for you to submit your favourite shots of the year, any subject or style. See last year’s Best Music Shots of 2020 and 2020 Through the Lens for an idea of how these will look.

Text / details: Titles for images only (music shots should also include name of artist, venue and month taken)

Submission Dates: opening date to be confirmed, closing date 10th December

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All Galleries 

1. Everyone is welcome to submit; we want this to be as inclusive as possible, these are not competitions
2. Breaking Glass is not a profit-making publication; we can’t pay for contributions nor do we charge for entries as many sites do
3. Copyright remains with the photographer; by submitting your photos you grant us permission to include them in the stated gallery and to promote this and related posts on the website and social media with credit
4. To take part, email 1 or 2 images per gallery to breakingglassmag@gmail.com
5. Jpg files please – portrait / landscape / square / colour / black & white are all fine, any style
6. You can send with or without watermark
7. Include your name, how you would like to be credited and links you would like us to include to your work, e.g. website / socials
8. Please ensure there is no offensive content and that you have permission to share images of people not taken in a public place or including minors
9. Check above for each gallery if you can send additional text to tell us about your photos or if only titles are required 
10. The ideas shown are not exclusive, feel free to interpret the subject matter as you like, as long as it’s clear how your picture fits the theme

Any questions, just ask!

Photos © 16 Beasley St Photography

15th January 2021

Best Music Shots of 2020

Picture this!

Given the devastating impact on the live music scene this year, we debated whether to go ahead with the annual Best Music Shots gallery. However, popular opinion said yes so here we are and, looking at the photos submitted, what a good call that was. All images have been taken either outside of lockdown or at Covid-safe / socially distanced events and it’s definitely good for the soul to remember those moments. Hopefully, things are slowly mending; whatever happens next one thing’s for sure, we’ll never take easy access to live music for granted again.

Delighted to have some of our regular photographers involved here – your contributions are always massively appreciated. And equally it’s great to have some new faces taking part – you’re all most welcome and we hope to see more from you in the future.

Photos are in no particular order, mixed by genre and style, so find a comfy seat and check them all out to avoid missing anything… enjoy.

(Header photo above by Mark Cartwright, details in article)

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1. The Darkness
2. Catfish & the Bottlemen
Alcatraz, Milan, February 2020

By Oriana Spadaro – Website | Instagram

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1. Simeon Hammond Dallas
The Old Joinery, Greenwich, London, October 2020
2. Bandini
The Old Joinery, Greenwich, London, December 2020

By Petra Eujane Photography – Website | Instagram

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1. Jamie Bower of Counterfeit
Manchester Ritz, February 2020
2. Lazarus Kane
Georgian Theatre, Stockton, February 2020

By Steve White – Flickr

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1. Gordon James & the Power
Strathpeffer Pavilion, Ross-shire, February 2020
2. Forgetting the Future
Potting Shed Garden Festival, Inverness, July 2020

By Alan Cruickshank Photographic – Facebook

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1. Lauren Lo Sung
Liverpool Digital Music Festival, EBGBs, August 2020
2. Callum of The Bottom Line
Jimmy’s, Liverpool, January 2020

By Sarah (Shots by Sarah) – Instagram | Facebook

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1. Dominic Corry of The Battery Farm
2. Paul Worrall of The Battery Farm
The Club Academy, Manchester, October 2020

By Gary Hough (allthecoolbandsphotography) – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Rein
Berns, Stockholm, January 2020


By Catarina Olausson – Website | Instagram

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1. Conor Marshall of Sylosis
Islington Assembly Hall, London, February 2020
2. Markus Vanhala of Insomnium
Islington Assembly Hall, London, January 2020

By Chris Andrews – Instagram

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Sugarstone
Night People, Manchester, January 2020

By Alana Thomas – Instagram

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1. King Nun
Bodega, Nottingham, February 2020
2. Emzae
Rock City Beta, Beat the Streets, Nottingham, January 2020

By Nigel King – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Brian Shuck & the Local Legends
Sneaky Pete’s, Lewisville, Texas, September 2020

By Robert C Maxfield II – Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Kelly Jones of Stereophonics
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, March 2020

By Tina Sherwood (Rock Shotz Live Music Imaging) – Instagram | Facebook

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1. Accident
2. Gemišt
Monte Paradiso Hardcore Punk Festival, Pula, Croatia, September 2020

By David Gasson – Website | Instagram | Chasing the Light Art

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1. Beatles tribute show put on by staff, students & alumni feat. Alex Mullins
Paradise Valley Community College Fine Arts Theater, Phoenix, March 2020
2. Jared & the Mill
Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, February 2020

By Jennifer Mullins – Website | Instagram

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1. Obongjayar
Village Underground, London, February 2020
2. Fat White Family
Windmill Brixton, London, February 2020

By Anna Louise Yorke – Website | Instagram

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1. Ríoghnach Connolly
2. Caoilfhoinn Rose
Carlton Club, Manchester, November 2020

By Ingrid Turner – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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1. John Robb of Goldblade
2. Keith Warren of The Adicts
Great British Alternative Festival, Butlins Minehead, February 2020

By Mark Cartwright – Flickr | Facebook | Twitter

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1. Dry Cleaning
The Green Door Store, Brighton, February 2020
2. Lynks
The Rossi Bar, Brighton, February 2020

By Siobhan (16 Beasley St Photography) – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Enormous thanks to all the talented photographers here for sharing their awesome shots – fingers tightly crossed that you’ll all be back in the pit in 2021. You can see more from everyone featured and follow their socials via the links shown. Stay safe everyone.

All pictures are copyrighted by the photographer credited; please do not use without gaining their permission first.

17th December 2020