Photography – In Focus with Shonagh Kelly

Photographer Shonagh Kelly takes inspiration from a variety of artistic genres to create her own intriguing images. Here, she takes us through some of her favourite shots…

‘My name is Shonagh Kelly and I am originally from Northern Ireland. I am currently a fourth year student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. I came to Dundee to study their Foundation Degree in Art and Design (a one year course) and continued to study Fine Art BA (Hons) at the college. I will be graduating in June of this year which is both extremely exciting and scary at the same time!

I work mainly via film photography; the reason for this instead of digital is because of the craft that darkroom development entails. Learning all the techniques from the simple development of black and white film, to the printing upon photographic paper in my university’s darkrooms has been incredibly eye-opening. Jane Geekie, our darkroom technician, has been a total life saver as she is a bundle of knowledge when it comes to analogue photography.

I first came upon our darkroom facilities in my second year at university and I have been a daily attendee ever since. My work at the beginning of my practice was initially inspired by my homeland, Ireland. I think the reasoning behind this was because I was feeling homesick and visiting home and capturing the beautiful landscapes definitely helped me feel at ease. However, I now focus more so on taking portraits, along with my fourth year project, Please be Seated.

Please be Seated is an exploration upon visiting certain ‘institutions’ that evolve around a particular community. I have been heavily inspired by the Deadpan genre, that of which was brought to the artworld by the likes of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Discussing the theme within my dissertation, ‘Can deadpan photographs be emotional?’ has allowed me a deeper understanding of the philosophical and economical reasons as to why we actually photograph. Books such as On Photography by Susan Sontag and the more academic work by Liz Wells, Photography, A Critical Introduction are books that I would strongly advise anyone interested in the field to read.

Deadpan denotes any images that are seen as mundane or emotionless, and as a stark contrast from my earlier, sentimental subjects of home, this new avenue has been completely refreshing. In these works, I have consciously decided to photograph the elements within certain buildings that withhold a sense of ambiguity as to where they have been taken. I wanted to photograph the components that are mundane and boring: objects of the every day. I wish to leave it to the audience to decipher what kind of establishment these photographs were taken in, working with how much I consciously choose to expose has definitely been an underlying ingredient to my work.

This work will be included in my degree show that will be on view from the 22nd of May 2020.

Although Please be Seated has been my main project since the beginning of my final year, I have made an effort to photograph my friends and family in order to improve my skills. Here I have shown some other works of mine that are also available to view on my website.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Shonagh – if you would like to see more of her work or make contact you can find her on Instagram.

20th February 2020

Exhibition – Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (Barbican, London)

Exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 20th February – 17th May 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography 

Header photo: Rotimi Fani-Kayode – Untitled, 1985
© Rotimi Fani-Kayode, courtesy of Autograph, London

Across society there are many traditions and expectations; how we look, think and behave are all subject to comment by the press and the opinions of others on social media. Thankfully, views from the past about what should be perceived as ‘masculine’ are being challenged and are changing as a result. Still, there is huge disparity in this between different cultures and backgrounds and the chance to consider this in visual form makes up the subject matter for a new exhibition at The Barbican, opening its doors in February.

Photo: CatherineOpie – Rusty, 2008
© Catherine Opie, coutesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles
and Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography features a wealth of big name photographers as well as some newer names in the arena. Having begun to take photos as a child with a gifted Kodak Instamatic, LA based Catherine Opie has risen in stature to exhibit in galleries across the US and internationally, her portraiture and social commentary shots famed around the world and now displayed here. Also included is the work of Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Arriving in Brighton as a child having fled the Nigerian civil war, he went on to study photography in New York before returning to the UK to produce an esteemed body of work, both technically and socially, before his death in 1989. He is quoted as saying, ‘On three counts I am an outsider: in terms of sexuality; in terms of geographical and cultural dislocation; and in the sense of not having become the sort of respectably married professional my parents might have hoped for. Such a position gives me the feeling of having very little to lose’; a statement that underlies the essence of this exhibition as it sets out to encompass masculinity in all its forms and realities.

Photos: Left – Hal Fischer – Street Fashion: Jock from the series
Gay Semiotics, 1977/2016
courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London

Top right – Catherine Opie – Bo from ‘Being and Having’, 1991
Collection of Gregory R Miller and Michael Wiener
© Catherine Opie, courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles,
Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

Bottom right – Sunil Gupta – Untitled 22 from the series Christopher Street, 1976
courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery
© Sunil Gupta all rights reserved, DACS 2019

Details from the press release below:

‘Barbican Art Gallery will stage Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, a major group exhibition that explores the ways in which masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed as expressed and documented through photography and film from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition brings together over 300 works by over 50 pioneering international artists, photographers and filmmakers such as Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rineke Dijkstra, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Annette Messager and Catherine Opie, alongside a lesser-known and younger generation of artists including Cassils, Sam Contis, George Dureau, Karen Knorr, Elle Pèrez, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Hank Willis Thomas, Karlheinz Weinberger and Marianne Wex among others.

With ideas around masculinity undergoing a global crisis and terms such as ‘toxic’ and ‘fragile’ masculinity filling endless column inches, the exhibition will chart the representation of masculinity in all its myriad forms, rife with contradiction and complexity. Touching on themes of patriarchy, power, queer identity, race, sexuality, class, female perceptions of men, heteronormative stereotypes and fatherhood, the works in the exhibition present masculinity as a largely unfixed performative identity shaped by cultural, political and social forces, with photography and film central to the way in which masculinity is shaped and understood.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is part of Inside Out, the Barbican’s year-long programme exploring the relationship between our inner lives and creativity.’

Photo: Peter Hujar – David Brintzenhofe Applying Makeup (II), 1982
© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC
courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography runs from 20th February – 17th May 2020
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Opening times: Sun-Wed 10-6, Thurs-Sat 10-9, Good Friday 10-9, Easter Monday 10-6
Standard tickets Mon-Fri £15, Sat-Sun £17 – please check the website for concession prices and for further details of this and other exhibitions before visiting

All images and exhibition details are reproduced with permission from The Barbican and are copyrighted as credited


Unconnected to the exhibition but a valuable resource for those who may need it, The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. Their website advises, ‘Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems’. If you need to speak to someone or would like to support their cause you can find CALM here.

Words excluding press release by Siobhan

21st January 2020


Photography – Best Music Shots of 2019

Following on from the success of 2018’s feature, we have once again been scouring the many awesome live music shots taken across the year for your delectation. We’re very lucky at Breaking Glass to be in contact with many talented music photographers; some established, some just starting out – and it’s great to see the different styles and interpretations of shots that come through.  This year’s collection again covers numerous genres of music and includes images ranging from small, intimate gigs to huge festivals. As always, they’re not in any particular order so please check out every single one of them to avoid missing something special. To see more from each photographer, just click on the links in their credit. 2019’s been a good one… 

(Header photo above by Malc Burke, details in article)


O2 Institute, Birmingham, November 2019

By Dan Mills – Instagram


Heavy Rapids
Assai Records, Edinburgh, July 2019

By Alan Campbell Photography – Instagram


110 Above Festival, August 2019

By 2324 Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


89 North Music Venue, New York, October 2019

By View From The Pit Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook


Coyote Tango
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, September 2019

By Jennifer Mullins – Website / Instagram


Interstellar Food Drive at The Dockyard Club, Portsmouth, November 2019

By Hannah Mesquitta – Instagram / TwitterFacebook


Hands Off Gretel
Loserpalooza II at Aatma, Manchester, September 2019

By garymhoughphotography – Instagram / Facebook / Flickr 


The Winery Dogs
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, May 2019

By Charles Hyman – Instagram


Zeal & Ardor
Les Docks, Lausanne, November 2019

By Sam Ryan – Website / Instagram


Fox Theater, Oakland, November 2019

By Kris Comer – Website / Instagram


The Leadmill Sheffield, March 2019

By Ryan Bell – Instagram / Twitter


The Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, October 2019

By Gary Lambert at Glam Gig Pics – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


Sub Cultures
Speakeasy Bar, Hereford, November 2019

By Rob Wilkinson – Instagram


The SoapGirls
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, November 2019

By Steve White – Instagram / Flickr


Gogol Bordello
Cropredy Festival, August 2019

By Indie Images Photography (shot for Gig Junkies) – Instagram / Facebook


Black Futures
Liverpool Sound City, May 2019

By James Baker – Instagram


Bang Bang Romeo
Hive, Manchester, February 2019

By Malc Burke Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook


The Peer Hat, Manchester, November 2019

By Dean Unsworth Photography – Instagram


L1nkin P4rk
The Junction, Plymouth, October 2019

By Jordan Kinsey Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook


Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, July 2019

By Sean Clohesy – Website / Instagram / Facebook


The Zutons
Rock City, Nottingham, April 2019

By Nigel King Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


Bloc Party
Victorious Festival, August 2019

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


Foo Fighters
Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, August 2019

By Martin Ross – Instagram


Once again, a massive thank you to everyone involved for sharing their stunning shots – we look forward to seeing more from all of you, and discovering new music along the way, in 2020! Why not give our contributors a follow so you can do the same?

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

11th December 2019

Photography – 2019 Through the Lens

Every picture has a story to tell, so the saying goes. We asked photographers around the world to share their favourite shots of the year – no restrictions on style or subject matter and, it’s fair to say, there are some stories to be told from the results below. 

Take a leisurely look through – there is no specific order; the images have been mixed by format and content so please don’t stop scrolling till you reach the end…

(Header photo above by Nigel King, details in article)


Ben Nevis
‘After climbing Ben Nevis for a few hours I couldn’t believe
these guys were carrying bikes up the mountain’

By Joe McKillop – Instagram


Budapest at Night

By Rory Charles – Instagram


Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers Florida

By Jennifer Mullins – Website / Instagram


Amsterdam Central

By Juanita McKenzie – Website / Instagram / Portfolio


Virgin Hot Air Balloon
(Taking off at Chrome Hill in the Peak District)

By 2324 Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


The Reveal
‘Before this moment only the mother of the bride had seen Grace’s dress’

By Victoria Broad – Website / Instagram


Langdale Pikes
The Lake District

By Derek Rickman – Instagram


Something Great
Belfast – New Ulster University Campus

By Caoimhe Clements – Instagram


Family Life

By Janet Parker – Twitter


My Little Girl Was Born On A Ray Of Sound
(Inspired by the lyrics to She Is Good Beyond Evil by The Pop Group)

By Robert H King – Website / Instagram / Twitter


All the Fun of the Fair

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


Aaron Edenborough of Hollow Horizons
(Behind the scenes during a video shoot)

By Jordan Kinsey Photography – Website / Instagram / Facebook


Back Garden Football
Taylor and Logan

By Indie Images Photography – Instagram / Facebook


Ochil Hills

By Alan Campbell Photography – Instagram


The People’s Vote March

By Tim Beavis Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter


Saint Anne’s Square

By Shane O’Neil – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


Southsea Castle Fountain at Night

By Hannah Mesquitta – Instagram / TwitterFacebook


Model at One BC Clothing Shop

By Nigel King Photography – Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


Sitting with Mother

By Irena Siwiak Atamewan – Website / Instagram / Twitter


It’s been an absolute pleasure to compile this amazing round up of beautiful shots that were captured across the year… a huge thank you to all the very talented photographers who have contributed – we’ll be keeping an eye on all of them to see what 2020 brings; if you’d like to do the same please check out and follow their work on the links provided.

Our Best Music Shots of 2019 feature will be live later this week.

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

9th December 2019


Best of 2019 – Calling all Photographers!

Best Shots of 2019 – call for submissions 

Well, it’s that time of year again… a chance to reflect on the highlights of 2019 and share them with the world! There will, no doubt, be lots of end of year lists kicking around – let’s be honest, they’ve been appearing for at least a month already. However, given that our content largely champions music and photography, we’d like our ‘lists’ to be more visual than analytical (also can’t remember what happened yesterday, never mind all year!)

Fairly soon after our launch last year we compiled Best Music Shots of 2018 which included gig and festival photos from around the world and was a really popular feature so… we’re bringing it back this year plus, if there’s enough interest, a similar feature for non live music related shots – portraits, landscapes, street photography, whatever you like. You’re welcome to take part in either or both. It’s really simple to submit; the only hard part is that it’s ONE photo only per feature so start scrolling through your albums and choose wisely…

Category A : Live Music – your shot must be of an artist or band performing live – if you have music related shots that are portraits, crowd shots, etc, these can be sent in to the other category.

Photos clockwise from left: 16 Beasley St, Sam Ryan, Mik Connor

Category B : General – any subject matter and style can be included; please ensure that your shots do not contain anything generally regarded as offensive or prohibited on social media and that you have the permission of the subject for any portrait shots.

Photos clockwise from left: Nigel King, Tim Beavis, Derek Rickman

Both categories: Max of one shot per category – please don’t send multiple shots and ask us to choose! Colour, black and white, portrait, landscape, square are all fine. You can choose to include a watermark or not; all we ask is that, if you do, please try to keep it fairly small and subtle. It doesn’t matter if you’re professional, amateur or just take photos here and there for the fun of it – as long as it’s a clear shot that will cope with being enlarged on screen – it would be lovely to have a selection across the board.

Photos left to right: Joe McKillop, Hannah Mesquitta

All you need to do is email your chosen shot with the subject as Best of 2019 to by the closing date 3rd  December 2019 with the following details:

– Name of artist / band or title of shot
– Venue / location and / or other details as appropriate
– Month taken
– How you would like to be credited (first name / full name / professional or website name, etc)
– Max of 4 online links to your work (website / social media, etc)

By submitting you give us permission to include your shot(s) in an online feature and use to promote this and related posts on the website and social media. All images remain under your ownership and copyright and this will be stated in the feature with clear details of who the photographer is for each shot. Features will be published during December 2019.

You can check out 2018’s Best Music Shots here – the music and non-music features this year will take a similar format.

Any questions at all, please just ask. Look forward to hearing from you!

Photos left to right: Ryan Bell, Alan Campbell

Header photos:
Top left to right – 16 Beasley St, Irena Siwiak Atamewan, Juanita Mackenzie

Bottom left to right – Hannah Mesquitta, Robert H King, Alan Campbell

7th November 2019

Photography – In Focus with Caoimhe Clements

Searching out new ways to capture her university city of Belfast, photographer Caoimhe Clements is shooting cityscape and nature photography whilst building a fascinating photo project of her acceptance and desire to raise awareness of epilepsy. Here, she talks us through her work and the inspiration behind it…

‘My name is Caoimhe Clements and I am a 21-year-old amateur photographer. I grew up in a small town situated on Ireland’s east coast called Kilkeel. I am now based in the exciting arts city of Belfast, as this is where I study at university and where I do many of my photographic projects.

Growing up I have always been a creative individual and I have had an interest in photography from a very young age. One of my favourite memories as a kid was using the disposable camera, it was exciting because you couldn’t preview your images therefore you had to wait until you got them developed. Film photography is something I have grown away from over the years, although I do have plans to revisit it in the future. As for now, I am very much a digital user.

I feel that photography and taking photos in general has become such a big part of everyone’s lives from social media and the fact that every phone now has a camera, therefore everyone has access to some form of camera.

I am a big believer there is a line between someone who is a photographer, an individual who has a creative vision, and using a camera to translate what they are communicating. On the other hand, just because you own a camera doesn’t make you a photographer, a camera is a tool – it’s your creativity that creates an image. As Henri Bresson- Cartier said, you don’t take a photo, you create it, these are the words of truth about photography.

At the age of 18, I brought my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D5300, I still use it to this day, it is great. I own a standard 18-55mm lens, 70-300mm lens and a 35mm prime lens. I think sometimes a  zoom lens can make you lazy as a photographer, because instead of getting close to your subject, you can just zoom in. This is why I use my 35mm lens a lot, I saw photography in a whole new way after using a prime for the first time. Although zoom lenses are great as well, I really enjoy working with a 70-300mm, I find it really good when doing sports or animal photography. In conclusion, a prime lens makes you go the extra mile for a good photograph.


Since May 2019 I have been working on my current project entitled From the Inside Out. This project is about documenting and exploring the subject of epilepsy. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was a new born baby, I never found it easy to talk about, but now I have decided to make an awareness about it. The strategy I used in this project is the combination of text and image to communicate to my viewers. My project will be on public display from 2nd 28th November 2019, at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry City, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

From the Inside Out photograph collection:

A Journey Back in Time

This is the first image in this series. It is a document of the hospital that I used to attend growing up with my battles with Epilepsy, The Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.  After not being at this hospital for many years, A Journey Back in Time highlights how I took a trip down memory lane when I decided to do this project, by revisiting this location.


The Room I Remember

I still remember how this room made me feel. My body was numb with fear and anxiety. I very much did not like speaking about my epilepsy and how my life was affected by it, I wanted it all to go away. I can accept it now; it is a part of who I am and we have to accept who we are as individuals.


The Element of Prevent

This image is the third photograph in the collection. It is an image of the epileptic tablet, Keppra. It is a document of how epilepsy can be prevented by taking medication. For myself, Keppra is the medication that made my life seizure free.


The Measure of Blood Pressure

This photograph speaks about how blood pressure can be affected by the act of having seizures. Focal seizures can cause a massive increase in the heart racing, affecting your blood pressure, while Tonic Clonic seizures can lower the blood pressure in the body.


The Cycle Repeats

This is the final image in this collection. This photograph represents how the cycle repeats; every day children and adults are being diagnosed with epilepsy. Over 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy and that number is not decreasing.

I do plan on continuing with this project, I do not want to stop creating awareness about epilepsy. I am figuring it out as I go along, that is the beauty of art, you never stop learning.


Over the course of the last year and a half I have started to develop my style of photography in documentary. Every photo ever captured is arguably a document of something; Documentary Photography is telling a story of how it is while Staged Photography is recreating a story.

As I said earlier, I have been living in Belfast just over a year now and from always being in a part of the city that is under full contraction, this started my interest in the idea that every time we look at these contraction sites, we are generally looking at the future of the city. We are witnessing the future of Belfast city, which I find very intriguing.  A few months ago, I started to document this idea by taking photos of the cranes. I am so amazed by them, they are strong, huge and somehow look great in an image.

The image above is a document of the contraction of the brand new Ulster University campus in Belfast city centre, which will be opened in the early 2020s. This image now hangs in the arts campus of Ulster University. I exhibited the image at the Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Scotland in May 2019. This experience was amazing, it got me thinking if my work is good enough to exhibit overseas then I have the power to create amazing photos.

I have an exhibition planned for Belfast in March 2020 and I am producing work that documents the exciting future of the city. While a lot of photographers document the past and the worst times for Belfast, and while I enjoy looking at how they create their work, it is my aim to create and produce work with a more positive approach showing the exciting future that Belfast will have. This project is still very much in its extremely early days.

Belfast is a city that has captured my heart, I love Belfast for its fantastic architecture and amazing cityscapes. I enjoy walking around and capturing architectural shots, documenting the city.

The image on the left shows Harland and Wolff in the background, with the bridges over the River Lagan in the foreground. I took this in March 2019 during the spring and I think the blue skies really complement the image.

The image on the right shows one of the most photographed buildings in Belfast. The Belfast City Hall, which marks the heart of the city centre, is located at the top of Royal Avenue which is main shopping district in the city. I created this image by placing the City Hall to the right of the frame and using that to lead the viewers eye to the buildings in the background. When I create a photograph, I don’t want to capture it like everyone else does or I am not being original. Think outside the box.

I also feel that landmarks in any city are hard to capture because so many people take photos of them every day. My advice would be to show the landmark in a different way that no one else has captured yet because you don’t want to take the same photo that everyone takes. Think about your angle, your focal length and the time of day.

Continuing on the topic of being original and thinking creatively, I enjoy combining reflection photography with night photography. I think water creates surreal reflection images, which I love.

This image shows The Obel Tower, which is in fact the tallest building on the island of Ireland. I took this image in January 2019, after a downpour of rain. You can tell,  as the water did get onto my lens but the outcome was a very contemporary abstract image which I really liked. I also feel that low angles work so well for my work, as I love putting reflections in the foreground and placing the actual building in the middle-ground or background.

I have also experimented with long shutter speed in the past, it is fun but I have grown away from it as it has become a big trend especially on Instagram. I think for me as a photographer I don’t want to follow the crowd, I want to create my own unique work. I think this is important.


I grew up in a natural environment, with mountains and the coast beside me, therefore I developed a love for nature from a young age. As a photographer,nature would have been a subject I have been photographing since the very beginning, but now that I am based in a city environment, I missed photographing nature. Early this year I decided to become a Volunteer Photographer for the Woodland Trust which is a charity based in the UK and the North of Ireland, this way I would be photographing nature. So far it has been amazing.

The location of these images is one of the Woodland Trust’s protected woodlands in Co. Down.

The charity is about protecting woodlands, and helping to fight climate change. Myself and the rest of the team of photographers are helping them to achieve their aims by promoting these places through imagery that features on their website.

My career so far has been quite a journey, but I am excited for the near future.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Caoimhe – you can follow her on Instagram to keep up to date with her journey as a photographer

Caoimhe’s exhibition From the Inside Out is on display now until 28th November at:
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry BT35 6HP

5th November 2019



Exhibition – Photography Season (National Museum Cardiff)

Exhibition – National Museum Cardiff, opening 26th October 2019
Photography Season 2019 -2020
– ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander  
– Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions
– Martin Parr in Wales

Launching its new photography season, National Museum Cardiff opens its doors to a trilogy of exhibitions featuring four of the most respected and influential photographers in their fields, each with distinctive and recognisable styles and an underlying honesty in their work.


August Sander was an early proponent of taking portraits which truly represented the subjects without ‘tricks and effects’ to create an accurate record of people living and working in Germany. In today’s environment his style would be seen as reportage with no filters. Sander is quoted as saying, ‘By sight and observation and thought, with the help of the camera, and the addition of the date of the year, we can hold fast the history of the world’.

Photo: August Sander, Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne, 1931

Press release excerpt:
‘ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander presents over 80 photographs by August Sander (1876-1964), one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The portraits are drawn from Sander’s monumental project, People of the Twentieth Century, through which he aimed to capture a true portrait of the German nation and of the time. Sander photographed people of all ages and backgrounds, from farmers, policemen and politicians to bricklayers, secretaries and artists. His subjects, always anonymous, are titled by profession or social class and categorised into 7 distinct groups; The Farmer; The Skilled Tradesman; The Woman; Classes and Professions; The City; The Artists and The Last People.

ARTIST ROOMS is supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland and is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and The Tate. The exhibition has received additional support from the Colwinston Charitable Trust.’

26th October 2019 – 1st March 2020


Applying a similar philosophy to Germany’s industrial architecture, Bernd and Hilla Becher were aware of the evolving face of the horizon as developments in technology changed things forever. Bernd noted that he ‘was overcome with horror when I noticed that the world with which I was besotted was disappearing’ and the couple set about recording as many structures as they could to preserve knowledge about them.

Photo: Bernd & Hilda Becher, Blaenserchan Colliery, Pontypool, South Wales, 1966

Press release excerpt:
‘Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions brings together 225 photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher, two of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Since the 1960s their work has reinforced photography’s international currency as art. As founders of what is now known as the ‘Düsseldorf School’, the Bechers influenced a new generation of artists including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.

For over 50 years, the Bechers collaborated on a project to document industrial structures across Europe and the USA. Their photographic inventory included winding towers, blast furnaces, cooling towers, gasometers, grain elevators, water towers and lime kilns. In 1965, the Bechers made their first visit to Wales and returned in 1966 after receiving a British Council Fellowship. Based at a campsite in Glynneath, they explored the south Wales valleys and made an extensive series of photographs that now stand as monuments to a lost world of labour that were once central to the social fabric of industrial communities.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Russell Roberts and has been kindly supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust and the Henry Moore Foundation.’

26th October 2019 – 1st March 2020


The third exhibition features the sardonically sincere pictures of Martin Parr, one of our finest photojournalists with an eye for capturing the wit and charm in an everyday scene. His approach, he says, is that ‘With photography I like to create fiction out of reality. I try to do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist’. His twist results in a series of photos that, while adding in the unexpected, draw memories and emotions that are vivid and real.

Photo: Snowdonia, Wales, 1989 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Press release excerpt:
‘Martin Parr in Wales features photography by Martin Parr, one of the most influential and prolific photographers working today. Over the last 40 years, he has recorded people, places and cultures in the UK and beyond, exploring themes of leisure, consumption and communication. His humorous and affectionate portrayal of modern life has changed the way we understand society and its many nuances.

Parr has always been drawn to Wales, having lived just over the border in nearby Bristol for 30 years. In that time, he has undertaken several editorial and cultural commissions, covering subjects from working men’s clubs to coal mining. This exhibition brings together, for the first time, a selection of Parr’s work in Wales from the mid-1970s to 2018. His photographs – many of which have never been exhibited before – explore different aspects of Welsh life and culture, from male voice choirs and national sports to food, festivals and the seaside.

This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Martin Parr. It has been kindly supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.’

26th October 2019 – 4th May 2020


Photography Season 2019-2020 runs from 26th October 2019 – end dates as listed above for each exhibition

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Opening times: Tues – Sat 10-5, galleries close at 4.45, open most bank holiday Mondays, closed  25th – 26th Dec and 1st Jan
Free entry – please check the website for further details of this and other exhibitions before visiting

All images and exhibition details are reproduced with permission from National Museum Cardiff and are copyrighted as credited

Words by Siobhan (quoted sections from official press release)

23rd October 2019

Exhibition – Shot in Soho (The Photographers’ Gallery)

Exhibition – The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 18th October 2019 – 9th February 2020
Shot in Soho 

(Header shot: The Colony Room Club, 1999-2000 © Clancy Gebler Davies, courtesy of the artist)

The corner of London’s west end filled by Soho has long been a colourful, creative and inclusive part of the capital. Sometimes painted as the seedier side of city life, Soho has remained a magnet for writers, actors and musicians and has welcomed in the LGBTQ+ community. The famous Berwick Street Market saw Marc Bolan working on his Mum’s stall in the 60s, became a haven for food lovers and record collectors and was the location for that cover from What’s the Story (Morning Glory). The writer Virginia Woolf described Soho as a space ‘filled with fierce light’ and ‘raw voices’. There are ongoing concerns about the redevelopment of the neighbourhood but, whatever happens, there will always be a vibrant history attached to the area and this has been channelled into a new exhibition, Shot in Soho, opening tomorrow.

Shoes Polisher, Rocky II, etc, Piccadilly, 1980 © William Klein, courtesy of the artist

Extracts from the press release:

Shot in Soho is an original exhibition presented at The Photographers’ Gallery celebrating Soho’s diverse culture, community and creativity at a time when the area is facing radical transformation. The imminent completion of Cross Rail (a major transport hub being built on Soho’s borders) in Autumn 2019, makes the area a prime target for development and threatens it existence as a place of unorthodoxy and independence…

From market-place to movie-set, sex shop to coffee bar, crime scene to cabaret, Soho has always been an unfolding and complex spectacle, central to the music, fashion, design, film and sex industries alongside being a vibrant hub for LGBTQ+ communities. It has also, across the centuries, been home to a variety of immigrant communities from the French Huguenots, through Italian, Maltese, Chinese, Hungarian, Jewish and Bengali cultures.

Shot in Soho offers a timely opportunity to see the area through the lens of renowned photographers, such as William Klein, through a rare presentation of his candid 1980s Sunday Times commissioned photo essay; Anders Petersen, through a selection of his 2011 Soho series, which capture the neighbourhood with his trademark lyrical melancholy; Corinne Day, whose images take us off the streets into her Brewer Street home where some of her most iconic editorial and personal work was shot; as well as work from less familiar figures such as Times photographer Kelvin Brodie’s night-time forays with police teams, John Goldblatt’s strip club dressing room scenes and Clancy Gebler Davies’s work in The Colony Room Club. The exhibition features a commission from artist, Daragh Soden who will present a new body of work focusing on Soho’s reputation as a place of connection, performance and the pursuit of love…’

Above: Untitled, from the series ‘The Undressing Room’, 1968 © John Goldblatt, courtesy of the artist’s estate

Below right: Men hiding their faces / 69 Sauna & Massage © William Klein, courtesy of the artist

Shot in Soho runs from 18th October 2019 – 9th February 2020

The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW
Opening times: Mon – Sat 10 – 6, Thurs lates 5 – 8, Sun 11 – 6
Admission: £5 / £2.50, free after 5 daily, under 19s go free, members go free – please check the website for further details of this and other exhibitions before visiting

Images are copyright of the photographer credited

Words (excluding press release extracts) by Siobhan

17th October 2019

Live – A Year in Photos

As we hit our first anniversary this week, here’s a look back at just some of the amazing artists it’s been a pleasure to photograph playing live over the last year. From tiny venues and instore sets to festival main stages, there have been some truly memorable performances and we look forward to bringing you many more in the coming year. We’ll also be compiling another Best Music Shots of the Year feature; look out for details on social media soon…

Click on an individual photo for details, click again for full size picture.

Photos by Siobhan, Hannah and Alan

3rd October 2019

Photography – In Focus Anniversary Feature

It’s impossible to know how things will evolve when you start a project like this but here we are, a year to the day since launching, with Breaking Glass celebrating its first birthday already. The magazine has grown in a way that could never have been anticipated and much of that is down to our excellent contributors who all add something unique. Content has always had a strong leaning towards music and photography and our In Focus features introduce photographers from all genres and backgrounds. For this special anniversary piece, we’re delighted to catch up with five of the photographers who were involved in the early stages and helped us to get on our feet. Read on to find out what they’ve been up to since…  


Tim Beavis

Since last catching up with Breaking Glass I’ve sought to continue to build my portfolio and develop my versatility as a photographer. Most pertinently would be my development into wedding photography, as this August saw me capturing the wedding of a close friend which led on to more bookings.

Whilst weddings was a goal I had stated in my feature last year that I wished to tackle, another personal goal was reached this year by booking my first couple of studio shoots. This was a huge step forward in my journey as it forced me to study and understand studio lighting and capture shots with a very different discipline to how I’d previously worked. Nonetheless I was incredibly pleased with the product of these and my shoot with Jay Rico was one of particular note.

Another particular highlight for me this year was being approached by Coffee Lab (a franchise of coffee houses operating across the south) for framed prints of my work to cover the walls of their Bargate, Southampton store. This led future clients to me as the prints worked as perfect exposure for my business. It also encouraged me to overhaul and relaunch my website (link below) and include a print store within the site that I’m currently developing.

Within the year I’ve also upgraded my kit, working with a Sony a7ii in combination with either my Sony 70-20mm or my Helios 44-2 58mm F.2 rather than the Canon 60D – 50mm combo that I had previously owned. This has led me to develop my portraiture skills by actively working with a range of focal lengths that work for the portrait I wish to capture. As of this week I have also purchased a Canon A1 along with a 50mm lens in order to explore the 35mm format and deepen my understanding and approach to photography.

I always like to make sure with any shoot I capture that I’m learning something new or I’m experimenting in ways that keep it fun and fresh and whilst I hit last year’s challenge of breaking into wedding photography, I’m really intrigued to see where my understanding of 35mm film takes me.

Website    Instagram    In Focus with Tim Beavis October 2018


Nigel King

Since being featured in Breaking Glass last November I’ve continued to try and cover as many types of events as possible in addition to live music. In December I went to see Stewart Coates of W Coates and Son, Nottingham’s last rope and twine maker, in his shop. Stewart is the last of his family to run the business which has been in existence since 1840. I had a lovely chat with him about the family history.

Other events I’ve covered in the last year include the National Clarion Track Cycling Championships at the Velodrome in Derby, the Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Parade, Nottingham ‘Sikhs In The Square’ Vaisakhi Celebrations, the Cricket World Cup and the ‘Millions Missing’ M.E. Awareness day. More recently in Nottingham I went to the annual ‘South Asian Heritage Festival’ which was a colourful mixture of music, dance and art. I’ve also managed a bit of landscape photography in the Isle of Man. 

I still spend most photographic time on live music photography though. Highlights this year have been the Splendour Festival which again had a great mixture of local bands and big headliners like The Specials and Manic Street Preachers. Other musical highlights have included the Beat The Streets, Dot To Dot and Indietracks Festivals and, back in April, The Zutons at Rock City, led by Dave McCabe.

Website    Instagram    In Focus with Nigel King November 2018


Derek Rickman

I’ve been engrossed with wild landscapes and the transient nature of thoughts since my last article ‘Visual Poetry in the Modern Age’. It’s a concept that’s been slowly forming in my mind since I first experienced the Lake District in 2015 and it’s all leading to a new Photo/Journal project. I’m returning to Cumbria this autumn with my brothers (my ninth visit) for additional photos and content for it. A hiking trip to Wales is also imminent and I’m much looking forward to exploring the Neolithic burial chambers of the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a writer this year. I travelled to Croatia in June with a plethora of ideas yet returned with barely nothing in my notebook except ‘Seagull at Bonnet Point’. As Keats so ably put it “Poetry must come naturally or not at all”. However, I’m hoping to enroll in creative writing courses next spring to sharpen my skills. I received a wonderful gift from a close friend (a book on Buddhism) which has brought clarity and fresh insight to my thinking and helped me to write more intuitively.

Music continues to be a passion and I’m deeply immersed in electronica and indie. Daniel Avery’s Song for Alpha album has been influential (especially Slow Fade) and I’m much enamoured with Art School Girlfriend’s languid soundscapes. I’ve not made it to any festivals but I’ve seen Foals, Yak and Drenge. Indie veterans Foals (dare I say it) impressed me with their hunger and Yak’s Bellyache must surely rank as one of the tracks of the year. It’s great that Breaking Glass continues to champion bands like IDLES, The Murder Capital and Working Men’s Club, long may it continue. Warmest congratulations to Siobhan and the team on the magazine’s first anniversary. 

Instagram    In Focus with Derek Rickman December 2018


Juanita McKenzie

Since my feature in February 2019 there has been quite a lot going on and some significant changes happening but, throughout it all, photography has remained the constant. With every day that has passed, I’ve come to realise more and more that I feel most alive and creative when I have camera in hand and I’m out exploring my environment. Once again, change has served as a catalyst and has pushed me to deepen my photographic practice and to explore creative options I might not have considered previously.

Because of my emerging interest in documentary and street photography, I attended the St Paul’s Carnival 2019 and participated in a competition via Instagram. This was an opportunity to submit my best photographs from the event for a chance to be involved in a Carnival Pop-Up exhibition. The exhibition was hosted by the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, and in partnership with the Martin Parr Foundation. I was so excited to find out that some of my images were selected and displayed in the Pop-Up exhibition; see below for one of them.

Spectators at St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol – June 2019

I also made a decision this year to study my MA Photography and started the course in June. This has been challenging in a positive way, making me look deeper at my relationship with my photography and the context in which I locate my photographic practice. It has also got me thinking from the perspective of projects and has helped me focus my photography. I’m currently working on projects exploring the urban environment and our human relationship with it. My MA projects can be viewed here.

Candleriggs Square, Glasgow – July 2019

Website    Instagram    In Focus with Juanita McKenzie February 2019


Joe McKillop

Happy anniversary! Since the last time Breaking Glass showed some of my shots, I have been trying different things like long exposures, slow shutter speeds and night time shots too.

I have also sold a few prints to different people around the world – that’s a good feeling that people would like to buy my work so I am still plugging away at photography. Thanks everyone for showing interest in my work.

Instagram    In Focus with Joe McKillop April 2019


All words and photos are the copyright of the photographer named. Huge thanks to Tim, Nigel, Derek, Juanita and Joe for sharing their updates; we look forward to following their work moving forward. There are links to all our In Focus features on the Gallery page.

If you’re a photographer at any level and would be interested in sharing your projects through the magazine, send us a message with a link to your work via the Contact page.

1st October 2019

Photography – In Focus with Robert H King

Having worked with some of the most important musicians of the 80s, it’s perhaps not surprising that Robert H King takes inspiration from the world of music and record sleeve art. Viewing his beautifully intricate photos what may surprise you more is how they were created and that Robert is partially sighted. Here, he tells us about his fascinating back story and striking collection of images…

‘I’m a Photographer, Digital Artist and Mobile Photography Workshop Tutor working exclusively with an iPhone X as my camera of choice and an iPad Pro (with an Apple Pencil) as my digital darkroom, mobile office and social media hub.

In the 1980s I ran the Pleasantly Surprised cassette label followed by the Cathexis Recordings label in the latter half of the decade. Through these I released material by Cocteau Twins, Primal Scream, The Birthday Party, Sonic Youth, Mark Stewart and The Maffia, Fini Tribe, Pink Industry, Artery, Nico, Shock Headed Peters, Bauhaus and many, many others. At the end of the 80s Rough Trade and the distribution network that was The Cartel collapsed virtually overnight, bringing about the end of a substantial amount of record labels across the country including mine. Around this time I had issues with my sight and was blind for a number of years, essentially putting everything on hold. Following surgery I decided to go to college and study multimedia development. This led into taking up graphic design which was always a big interest for me, my reference library being the artwork that was my record collection. Inspiration came from many sources: Vaughan Oliver / 23 Envelope, Chris Bigg and Nigel Grierson, Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville, Neville Brody, Barney Bubbles, Brian Griffin, Anton Corbijn, too many to list… For over 16 years I was a freelance Graphic Designer working with arts organisations, record labels, education trusts, galleries, magazines and artists.

Photography, or rather, making photographs, was a source of frustration for me. I worked in a photography gallery for over 15 years and was continually inspired by many photographers and artists coming through the gallery doors. A lot of people were, and still are, fixated with gear and this was off-putting as I want to know about the images and the stories behind them and less about what settings and lenses were used. Having sight issues meant that it was difficult to operate a traditional camera so I tried a bridge camera that had less functions and that I hoped would allow me to get to grips with the thing. After a few months of not having any real amount of success I was about to give up when I was given an iPhone 4S for a significant birthday, followed closely by an iPad. This changed everything.

I could now capture photographs much more easily and create anywhere at anytime. No longer confined to the desktop and expensive software. Pinch to zoom is a wondrous thing! With just a few low cost Apps the ability to retouch an image moments after it was taken and to then create artwork and share it globally was a game changer. It still feels limitless. I had found a way to focus my need for self expression and with it the need to convey the ideas and imagery that fill my mind on a daily basis. The need to be doing something creative is a constant in my life, it can bring meaning and direction.

In 2014/15 my exhibition Seeing The Unseen was the first of its kind in Scotland to consist of work created entirely on mobile devices.

I currently have two main bodies of work that I am adding to on a regular basis. Invisible Soundtracks is a series of works that are inspired by, and a reaction to, song titles, lyrics and references. Equal parts visual soundtrack and imagined fiction. All artwork is presented in the square format in recognition and homage to the artwork, graphic design and photography of the 7” and 12” vinyl records that inspired me and were a major part of my visual education as I was growing up and that still influence my practice.

The second project is Shadowplay. With my background in music, cut-up and remix culture has always fascinated me with the skill of adding samples, layers and disparate elements to create completely new works. I have taken this method into my own visual style by curating imagery from the scenes and passing moments that I capture and combine these with processed sections from found photographs that have resonated with me on a graphic level. The end result is equal parts chance and intention where the story that is emerging suggests new threads as I add the disparate elements together.

Drawing inspiration from the photography of Richard Koci Hernandez, Giacomo Brunelli and Anton Corbijn, I have chosen to present the work in black and white, bringing attention to the textures, moods and tones and indeed the timelessness that monochrome work brings to it.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Robert. You can find more images, contact details and information about his exhibitions and workshops on his website. Robert is also on Instagram and Twitter.

16th September 2019

Photography – In Focus with Sam Ryan

Far from the genre of posed portraiture, photographer Sam Ryan captures the world around her in a series of authentic shots that draw the viewer in to share the moment. Here, she shares some favourite pictures and tells us how her interest and skills in photography have developed over the years…

‘My passion for photography goes back to childhood.  My grandfather took photos at every family get together, day out and on every holiday.  He’d make albums and write funny captions for each photo. I’d always ask my grandparents to drag the albums out of the cupboard so I could sit at their dining table and look through them.

After many years of experimenting with different styles and cameras, I homed in on street and live music photography.  They might seem very different styles or genres, but to me they work to the same principles.

Both, for me, are about the adrenaline rush and being able to react to the scene.  I try to focus on feel and action, shoot with intuition and not overthink. Shots might have a concept based on the available light and environment,  but nothing is posed. Similarly my music shots are not portraiture; if it’s a chaotic metal band with hair and sweat flying everywhere, that’s what I want you to feel when you look at the images.

I rarely shoot in colour.  I want my images to be classic.  With colour images there’s always a prevailing style or tonal trend – which if you’re good at it can be great to get you ‘going viral’, but I’d be concerned the images would age badly  – so I only use colour where I feel it’s essential to the photo.

My home is just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is a great city for all kinds of photography and has a thriving music scene, so it really is the perfect place for inspiring me to keep on photographing.’

Live Music Photography 

I’ve always been passionate about live music and a couple of years ago I got serious about wanting to shoot at gigs.  It’s hard to get started; with no press pass you can’t get a D-SLR camera in to venues. I started shooting gigs with a point-and-shoot camera, posted my photos on Instagram and was able to strike up a relationship with some bands. This led to being able to obtain photo passes to shoot from the photo pit  I’ve focussed here on bands that I love and that have given me my start in this area. It’s been an amazing journey so far; I’m very proud to say I’ve shot most of my favourite bands within just 18 months of starting out.

Bleed From Within

This band gave me my first ever photo pass, an opportunity for which I will always be grateful.  I’ve shot them a few times now, but nothing beats their hometown headline show at Saint Luke’s in Glasgow.  The band members have insane energy and can be an inch from your lens one second and at the opposite end of the stage the next. I’ve chosen some shots to tell the story of this show; the energy, the heat and frenzied crowd reaction.

Zeal & Ardor

I’ve shot this band many times in different types of venues, and believe me, shooting one of your favourite bands is an immense and powerful experience.  Their music has some very dark themes, and is performed with a ton of emotion. I want people to feel this in the images. I’ve chosen my favourite shots from different venues to illustrate the drama and intensity of the band’s performance.

Street Photography 

I’m a candid photographer, which means I don’t interact with the people I photograph.  I’m trying to capture everyday life, so it shouldn’t be contrived. Often when I’m shooting on the street I don’t even stop walking to press the shutter, because I think this will cause the person to move aside or make eye contact, which changes the scene entirely.  Sometimes I’m not sure what I’ve really seen until I look at the photos and then I realise it’s a fleeting expression, a shadow the person has cast, or maybe a little wave of the hand. 

Chasing Shadows

I recently completed a year long project shooting high-contrast images on the street created by light and shadow.  I noticed after returning several times to my favourite locations that there were unique scenes created by the light at certain times of day and people moving through the scene.  I got obsessed and since I was shooting almost every day, I thought it would make a great project. I’m really proud of this work and have curated my best images into a book.

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Sam. You can see more of her work or make contact via her website. Sam is also on Instagram – follow her street photography posts here and her music posts here.

30th August 2019


Photography – Pictures from the Past

Found in amongst a miscellaneous lot at auction, six boxes of black and white photos offer a glimpse into the past of one Mr AC Henwood. The story begins with the purchase of a fairly sophisticated, and expensive for the time, camera – a Petriflex V – bought from The Camera Shop in East Street, Chichester in 1965.

From the details noted, it looks as though Mr Henwood was stationed at the RAF base in Emsworth, Hampshire at the time, close to the Sussex border. The boxes are full of home developed shots; lots of portraits, family group shots and even a couple of weddings. The photos in the header shot sum up beautifully the new found freedom and style of the ‘60s; they’re fascinating to look through.

The two larger print photos below show a different street photography style; the first appears to be Amsterdam, the second with the punk couple is clearly taken much later and quite solitary and out of sync with the other captures. There is no indication of where any of the other pictures were taken.

Just one envelope of negatives and a handful of slides, everything else is photographs. A reference on this envelope to 324 London Road Photography but, given that there’s a London Road in almost every town, that doesn’t really narrow things down at all! 

Whoever the enigmatic AC Henwood is, he patently had a good eye for a picture, some decent photography skills and a plethora of family, friends and maybe even just acquaintances who posed happily for his camera. As well as the envelopes addressed to him, one of the boxes is marked ‘Simon Henwood Pre BA’. Despite all the clues, we’ve drawn a bit of a blank with researching the history of this collection. If anyone has any ideas about who the photographer or subjects are, or has links to the family, let us know and help solve the mystery… (*see edit at end of page)

Words by Siobhan

Auction lot courtesy of Ticking Along Antiques 

19th August 2019

* Edit 11th September 2019 – Delighted to say that the photos are now back with a family member who was unaware that they were still in existence. Huge thanks go to fellow photographer Nigel King for his help and the astute detective work that allowed this to happen. Photographers – print your pictures, put them in albums or boxes and leave at least a clue as to who took them; one day they might just end up back with someone who they will mean the world to.

Live – Shonen Knife + Thee Sopwith Camels + Paul Groovy at The Wedgewood Rooms

Shonen Knife / Thee Sopwith Camels / Paul Groovy & the Pop Art Experience, The Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, 25th July 2019

Last Thursday saw cult Japanese band Shonen Knife bring their Sweet Candy Power tour to The Wedgewood Rooms. Mixing 60s’ pop with pure punk, the trio are long established exponents of an energetic, infectious performance and have a great live reputation. It’s always good to see local acts on the bill and support on the night came from two favoured Portsmouth bands in the shape of Thee Sopwith Camels and Paul Groovy & the Pop Art Experience. Check out our gallery below…

Paul Groovy & the Pop Art Experience

Thee Sopwith Camels

Shonen Knife

You can find more from all 3 bands via the links here:
Shonen Knife    Thee Sopwith Camels    Paul Groovy & the Pop Art Experience

Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

30th July 2019