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

2020 Through the Lens

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This year, maybe more than any other in recent times, the creation of images that either captured or diverted away from the events around us has been especially important. A reflection of difficult times or a reminder that there’s lots of good stuff in the world too, we asked photographers to share their favourite shots of the year – any style or subject.

As with all our galleries, there is no specific order; the images have been mixed by format and content so enjoy from start to finish…

(Header photo above by Kristy-Lee Gallagher, details in article)

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1. Mates
2. Wasp (Gasteruption Jaculator) on an Astrantia

By Nigel King – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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1. Passenger
2. Collision

By Gregor Boyd – Flickr | Instagram

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1. Tricoloured Heron
2. Firethorn

By Derek Rickman – Instagram

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1. Ballycastle in September during lockdown break
2. Billingham town centre in early lockdown

By Mark Cartwright – Flickr | Facebook | Twitter

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That Live Music Feeling (during Insomnium’s set at Islington Assembly Hall)

By Chris Andrews – Instagram

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1. Bridge
2. Bus Stop

By Ryan Bell – Instagram | Twitter

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1. ‘Hope’ at Peterborough Cathedral
2. Thank You NHS

By Clare Ratcliffe – Instagram | Facebook

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1. Amber Falls Beauty
2. Frozen Worcestershire

By Dave Harford – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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1. Young Black Lives Matter Protesters, London
2. BLM Protesters, London

By Anna Louise Yorke – Website | Instagram

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Autumn 

By Caoimhe Clements – Instagram

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1. Ant Attack
2. Pigeon Fly-By

By Petra Eujane Photography – Website | Instagram

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1. The Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff, Arizona
2. Solitary Reflections, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers,  Florida

By Jennifer Mullins – Website | Instagram

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1. A Wooded Walk, Loch Ness
2. The Kelpies, Sterling

By Sarah (Shots by Sarah) – Instagram | Facebook

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1. The Camper
2. Angel

By Kristy-Lee Gallagher – Instagram

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1. Diversion
2. Make-up, Brighton Fringe

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

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It’s always a real pleasure to put these end of year galleries together, catch up with previous contributors and meet new ones. Once again, a beautiful collection of images – huge thanks to all who have taken part. You can see more of their work and follow them on the links given. Whether you have photos featured or are here for the view, we wish you all the best for 2021, stay safe and keep shooting.

Our Best Music Shots of 2020 feature will be published later this week.

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

15th December 2020

Exhibition – Marge Bradshaw: Front of House (Online)

Front of House: A documentary photography series by Marge Bradshaw which aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on musicians in Greater Manchester and Lancashire

It’s been a tough year for the music industry and, whilst events are gradually opening up, the struggle is still very real. Photographer Marge Bradshaw told us how she is compiling a thought-provoking collection of images of musicians alongside their own individual stories…

Jo Byrne

“A world without live music feels like living in a house with no windows. Live music is uplifting, it’s nourishing, it’s social glue. It’s well and truly missed by me.”  – Rob Young (header photo)

According to the Music Venues Trust, over 550 grassroots music venues remain under immediate threat of closure, representing the potential permanent loss of over 5,000 jobs, over 100,000 concerts, over 300,000 performances by musicians, and over 1 million temporary employment opportunities for gig economy workers.

This evolving photographic series and resulting online exhibition aims to raise awareness of the scale and impact of this situation, and support musicians’ work. As someone who works in culture, music and events photography, I know the devastating outcomes faced by musicians, production and touring crews as well as everyone who relies on the grassroots sector.

Alongside each portrait you’ll find the personal stories of each musician, as well as links to their work and projects. Take a read, give them a follow and show your support.

 Conal Duffy

All photographs were taken working within Covid-19 restrictions using social distancing.

Please get in touch if you’d like to be involved in the series: I’m particularly interested in photographing those who are under-represented in the current gallery, especially women and people of colour. View the full gallery, including portraits and stories here.

 Geraldine Green

About the artist

Marge Bradshaw is an emerging documentary and social photographer based in Bolton. She started her photography career in 2018 after spending 20 years working in marketing and audience research roles in the cultural sector. Her artistic practice predominantly focuses on exploring people and place – often with a hidden story to tell. Drawing on her background in ethnographic research and inclusive practice, she captures authentic stories and involves her subjects in the creative process wherever possible. Alongside her creative projects, she works commercially as a music, events and family documentary photographer. Her work has previously been exhibited at the Science Museum, London and Museums Northumberland.

 Simon Sackey

Michael Thompson

All words and photos are © Marge Bradshaw. You can find more of Marge’s work across different genres, and contact details on her website, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

8th December 2020

 

Best of 2020 – Calling all Photographers!

Best Shots of 2020 – call for submissions 

Well, what a year it’s been; 2020 will no doubt stick in our memories for many reasons. Amidst everything that’s gone on, photography has played an important role, whether documenting the pandemic or used as a means of escape from it all. And, as in previous years, we’d love to put together a collection (or two) of your favourite shots of the year.

Although live performance has been severely hit, we’ll be going ahead with our annual Best Music Shots gallery, so it’s time to dig back either to the first few months of gigs and festivals or the brief stroll into socially distanced shows in the summer. We’ll also be repeating last year’s Best Shots of the Year feature for any other subject matter you care to include – portraits, landscapes, animals, street photography, whatever you like. You’re welcome to take part in either or both. Details below for how to submit, closing date midnight on Friday 11th December.

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. More details below.

Photos: 16 Beasley St

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 parental permission for any shots featuring recognisable minors. More details below.

Both categories: You can send in a max of 2 shots per category but, depending on numbers, we may only be able to include 1 so let us know if you have a preference. 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 – everyone is welcome to join in.

Photo: Andrew Barrell

All you need to do is email your chosen shot(s) with the subject as Best of 2020 to breakingglassmag@gmail.com by the closing date Friday 11th December 2020 with the following details:

– Name of artist (music) or title of shot (general)
– Venue / location for music shots
– Month taken (must be a photo you have taken in 2020)
– How you would like to be credited (first name / full name / professional or website name, etc)
– Links to your work (website / social media, etc)
– Max of 2 photos per category

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. Galleries will be published during December 2020.

You can find 2019’s Best Music Shots and 2019 Through the Lens here. The features this year will take a similar format. Any questions at all, please just ask. Look forward to hearing from you!


Photo: Marge Bradshaw 

Header photos – left: Shane O’Neil, top: 16 Beasley St,
bottom: Dave Harford, right: Oriana Spadaro

25th November 2020

Gallery – Autumn & Winter

‘All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…’

Whether you’re dreaming of California or crunching the leaves and snow in colder climes, Autumn and Winter bring colours and textures that beg to be photographed. So grab a mug of something hot and take a look through our latest gallery from around the world. As always, images are in no particular order except to be mixed by subject and style – enjoy…

Header photo by Gary Hough, details in article

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1. Peek a Boo with a deer in Richmond Park
2. Purple Muhrooms

By Petra Eujane Photography

Website | Instagram

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1. Autumn Beeches
2. Church Island

By Derek Rickman

Instagram

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1. Snowed In
2. Autumn at the Lake District

By Clare Ratcliffe

Instagram | Facebook

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1. Dundee Penguin
2. A Walk in the Park

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photography

Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Autumn Sky

By Jake O’Brien

Instagram

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1. Undercover
2. Acer Leaves

By Kevin Harpin

Instagram

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1. Snow Trike
2. Smile

By Becky Jones

Twitter

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1. Autumn Rooftops
2. Autumn Leaves

By Gary Hough at allthecoolbandsphotography

Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Autumn in Milan, November 2020

By Oriana Spadaro

Website | Instagram

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Sedona, Arizona

By Jennifer Mullins Photography

Website | Instagram

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Christmas Cornflakes

By Charlie Smith

Twitter

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A big thank you to all the photographers who have braved the cold to take and contribute their shots. All images are copyright of the named photographer – check out more of their work on the links shown.

Best of 2020 galleries coming soon!

23rd November 2020

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 – Shortlist

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is awarded annually to a living artist of any nationality who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe in the preceding year; this may either be through an exhibition or publication of their work.

Each year, a new set of judges made up of international photography experts is put together to select a shortlist of 4 before picking the winner.

The award ceremony will be held at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, lockdown permitting (recent events have had to be moved online in keeping with safety restrictions) and an exhibition of the shortlisted projects is due to be on display there from 19th March 2021.

This year’s shortlisted photographers have been announced as Poulomi Basu; Alejandro Cartagena; Cao Fei and Zineb Sedira.

Poulomi Basu has been nominated for her book Centralia published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2020. Photo: Poulomi Basu, From Centralia, 2020 © Poulomi Basu, courtesy of the artist.

Alejandro Cartagena has been nominated for his book A Small Guide to Homeownership published by The Velvet Cell in 2020. Photo: Alejandro Cartagena, Escobedo from A Small Guide to Homeownership, 2020 © Alejandro Cartagena, courtesy of the artist.

Cao Fei has been nominated for her exhibition Blueprints at Serpentine Gallery, London (4 March—17 May 2020 and reopened after lockdown 4 August—13 September 2020). Photo: Cao Fei, Nova, 2019 © Cao Fei, courtesy of artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers.

Zineb Sedira has been nominated for her exhibition A Brief Moment at Jeu de Paume, Paris. (15 October 2019 –19 January 2020). Photo: Exhibition view Zineb Sedira, A Brief Moment/L’espace d’un instant, 2019 © Zineb Sedira. Photo: Archive kamel mennour.

You can read more about the prize, the shortlisted photographers and their projects here.

The Photographers Gallery is temporarily closed in line with lockdown rules; please check their website for updates if you’re hoping to visit when things improve.

11th November 2020

 

Photography Book – The People Who Made OMM

The building of a new museum in Eskişehir, Turkey has not only provided a new contemporary landmark and exhibition space, but also a unique insight into the people involved in its construction. The beautifully crafted Odunpazarı Modern Museum (OMM) was designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates and opened in September 2019.

An overheard conversation between a passing couple and the site construction manager, Mehmet Akif, showed that he and his team saw the museum as more than just another job, as his knowledge and enthusiasm were both clearly evident. That was the start of The People Who Made OMM project, now completed in the form of a new photography book featuring black and white portraits alongside interviews with the workers who took part in the build.

Photographer Emilio Hope, better known for their work in the art and fashion field said, “The aim of our project was fairly simple – to give a face and a voice to the workers behind the museum. It wasn’t just important to create something beautiful aesthetically, we wanted to create something of social significance. OMM is a museum that was built by the community, for the community. Featuring workers who literally built the museum aligns with the ethos of OMM.”

Hearing the workers talk about the museum in the book gives a refreshing perspective on the creation of a building that will become a focal point in Eskişehir‘s culture and community.

Aydemir, Master Welder and Plasterer, speaking about his favourite exhibit:

“The artist used light and shadow beautifully. He paid a lot of attention to the minutiae. The pupils, the curls of the beard are all drawn with an attention to detail. I do charcoal drawings myself. I would like to meet the person who created this piece.”

Eşref, Finishing Foreman, on the museum build:

“It’s a wonderful project. I’ve been working in construction for 45 years and this is the first time that I’ve encountered such a lovely project. We began working on it with affection, and we’re completing it with devotion.”

The People Who Made OMM was published on 21st October 2020 and is available to purchase in English (limited edition run of 50) and Turkish (limited edition run of 1000) from the OMM Shop in Eskişehir and Minoa (Akaretler) in Istanbul.

More details about OMM, including news, exhibition and event details can be found on the museum’s website and Instagram

Portrait shots © Emilio Hope | Shots of OMM © Batuhan Keskiner

Words by Siobhan

4th November 2020

The Merrie Collective – Photography Zine & Exhibition

The Merrie Collective
by Ryan Bell

The potential and promise commonly found in the arrival of a new decade can be difficult to see in 2020, what with the world being plagued by pandemic mere months in, plunging the globe into a state of fear and panic not felt for generations. However, history has shown that in times of hardship humanity often prevails, that we are at our most gladiatorial with our backs pressed against the wall. Creativity blossoms in the face of adversity.

I imagine there are many instances of this to be found worldwide, though I can speak directly from one experience that I have been privileged to be a part of, which began with an open call for those aged 16-25 and located in the West Yorkshire city of Wakefield and its surrounding area, with the desire to contribute to a council funded project, tentatively titled Our Diary.

Envisioned as a time capsule for the lockdown era, the aim was to compile photographs to feature in a photography zine, capturing “the new normal” from the perspective of young Wakefield creatives, through a celebration free print through DIY self-publishing. Spearheaded by Wakefield born photographer Emily Ryalls and curated with nine other contributors, This Too Shall Pass (the revised zine title) was produced through four months of weekly Zoom meet-ups, with the process of taking pictures during a pandemic allowing for a refreshing amount of creative expression and experimentation in a period of otherwise global aimlessness.

With contributors hailing from a range of creative backgrounds from photography graduates to freelance writers, graphic designers to fabric embroiderers, our documentation of “the new normal” was enjoyably personal, with humour found in makeshift graduation caps and dinner table date-nights, to austere reminders of the lives we’ve put on hold in nightclub mirror balls dumped in skips, and grandparents waving from the distance of the doorstep.

The project proved not only fruitful for the photographs, but for the relationships formed between the collective contributors. Having found Wakefield not to be the easiest location to find other like-minded creatives at the best of times, the decision was made to work together onwards under the title of The Merrie Collective; with an aim to inject soulful art back into our local spaces, with the name deriving from the medieval moniker for Wakefield – The Merrie City.

With immeasurable support from The Art House (a lifeline for local artists and creative businesses) The Merrie Collective has been fortunate enough to have acquired a studio and gallery space inside The Ridings Shopping Centre. Like many of its kind, The Ridings has seen ups and downs since its opening thirty-seven years ago, with economic recessions and the demand for online retail making it not quite the draw it once was. However, the utilisation of one of its empty units as a studio/gallery, alongside another as a separate exhibition (excellently curated and produced by Niamh Donnelly) has been universally well received. With walls proudly plastered in black and white snaps of local life, the installations feel emblematic of the city and of the project, creativity and community in times of adversity.

The Merrie Collective has no plans of slowing down anytime soon despite COVID-19’s best efforts (us Northerners can be quite stubborn that way) and through a shared belief that most storms can be weathered, that “this too shall pass”, the group has big plans for the future such as print production, further exhibitions and workshops as well as ambitions for an independent newsprint.

On behalf of The Merrie Collective, the writer would like to thank Wakefield Council for funding this invaluable opportunity to create This Too Shall Pass, and The Art House for their continued support throughout and onwards. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual and not necessarily representative of Wakefield Council or The Art House.

This Too Shall Pass is a self-published zine by The Merrie Collective, printed at Merrie Studios, Wakefield and can be ordered here

More information on The Merrie Collective can be found on their website and you can follow their progress on Instagram

Words and all content provided by Ryan Bell, photos © The Merrie Collective, design logo by Katie Hopkins

27th October 2020

In Focus with Hugh Frizell

Capturing the city in his own innovative style, photographer Hugh Frizell’s images present a mesmeric view of Glasgow in all its urban beauty. Hugh is also a guitarist playing as part of Hippy, whose album was released on Friday. Here, he takes time out to share and talk us through some of his favourite shots… 

I was born in Greenock but have worked all over the world, lived in various places in the UK but now find myself in Glasgow. For the last 8 years or so I have been fortunate enough to be based close to the West End of the city. I’m an engineer by trade but always interested in the creative arts so I’ve played guitar since I was a young boy and am pretty obsessed by music. Whilst never hitting the big time, I’ve managed to play over the years with some great bands and musicians and have played all over the UK. I also enjoy running, painting, drawing and obviously photography.

In terms of photography, I’ve probably always been around a camera of sorts. My late father, William, was a keen photographer and there’s literally boxes and boxes of old family photos and slides still at my Mum’s somewhere. The actual profile pic I use on Instagram for Shugzfilterz is his old Leica which I now own and it is a prized possession to be honest. Even if not worth much, it’s worth millions to me. It was something he always had with him really.

I got into photography a bit more seriously within the last 4 or 5 years – maybe even the age of the cameraphone was the catalyst. Not having to carry a larger camera around and wait for the processing I’ll admit is a bonus, I think. That said, I firmly believe analogue/ non-digital photography is an art and what I do is not really along those lines nor would I compare or put myself into that category or have those skills. I am (for the Shugzfilterz Instagram page and the images you see here at least) totally digital. I wanted to be totally digital and use the camera/ smartphone/ social media angle almost on purpose. That was really the idea – even the Shugzfilterz name is kinda a play on that.

Basically, the aim of any of the pictures I take is to take a good image first and foremost and secondly, if the digital image processing option or even social media ‘filters’ we use now enhance or take them in another direction or style, then so be it. Nothing more or less really. A good meal doesn’t always have to be from a 3-star Michelin restaurant. The photos you see here are a mixture of the street photography I enjoy plus a couple of studio/ band shots I’ve taken this year.

I am currently guitarist for Paul ‘Hippy’ Hipson who is a Glasgow based singer/ songwriter. Paul has been writing and recording an album Behind Every Song Is a Story since late last year and it came out last week (Oct 9th 2020) on all digital platforms. The singles, music and album info are all on his Instagram – we hope people enjoy the music when they hear it.

I play on 11 of the 12 tracks and it was a great experience to be a part of. Working in the studio with Paul meant I could try some of my own Shugzfilterz styled shots and I’ve included a few here. I enjoy mostly shooting in B&W and I think it lends itself to indoor studio/ musician shots well. The pictures here were taken over many studio sessions out at the HQ Recording Studios, Glasgow between November 2019 and September 2020. I really wanted candid and non-contrived shots. I have a thing, as I’ve been in a few of these type of shots myself, that the typical ‘4 or 5 people standing at a wall trying to look cool’ is a bit long in the tooth now. I only tried to get shots of Paul crafting the songs or working on a take and tried to get them as ‘real’ as I could. A lot of the music photographers I enjoy took a similar approach over the more ‘official band pose’ ones usually featured by many.

In terms of the other shots you see here, those mostly combine a couple things I really enjoy to varying degrees of success. Running and Street Photography. I regularly run, albeit I am no Mo Farah whatsoever, still pretty slow even after being at it years! That said, it’s good for health all round so I occasionally combine running with my photographs. I’ll get up early in the morning and go out into Glasgow and try to capture some shots of this magnificent city. I also occasionally run when I visit back home at Greenock and Gourock so sometimes take photos of there too. This year has thrown up some strange and interesting times for many, photography included.

When I go out for a ‘picturehaulin’ run (as I call it) then I’ll not have any pre-conceived ideas about what to shoot – it’s simply a case of running into the city or an area of the city and constantly looking around. I usually shoot in B&W, I feel those also work great in a city or street environment, but I am happy to use colour too. I think if I’m honest, I have a better flair for B&W than colour but everyone sees things differently. The images here are all taken either this year or last year – a lot of the emptiness in many of them can be put down to the early morning nature of when the images were taken – most are from 2020 but the Instagram page has a good few from the last few years. I enjoy taking images that might be classed as odd or obscure but my reasoning is there are many images from the city available already. I like anything interesting, possibly vintage or old and maybe things you’d not see in the official tour guide book.

Simply taking the same type of shots or subjects we’ve seen would be a bit boring, I think. Again – it’s up to others to judge I suppose. Being from Greenock, there was a celebrated set of photographs taken by Eguene Mehat; these were taken all over the town in the late 60s and capture a huge amount of detail and change in the town I grew up in. Whilst I’m not necessarily doing that with my pictures, I have to say I was inspired by his work and rate them highly and as a huge influence on me.

Thanks for taking the time to view these pictures and I hope you enjoy them
Hugh Frizell

All words and photos are © Hugh Frizell (Shugzfilterz) – you can see more of Hugh’s photography and follow his journeys around the city on Instagram. Behind Every Song Is a Story by Hippy is out now, listen below.

14th October 2020