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I'm a non-commercial photographer, and much of my work is of personal interest only. However, I often take people photographs for charitable and other not-for-profit organisations in Northampton, to help with their promotion. People photography is in fact my over-riding interest because, apart from animals, it is only people that convey emotion, feelings, and spirit: for me, photography is about those things.

 

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My preference is very much for moody black & white, and, artistic images, and I admire work by (eg) Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, John Swannell, and Barry Lategan amongst others.

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Northampton Music Festival 2019

Posted on 22nd June, 2019

The 12th annual Northampton Music Festival took place in the town centre, on Sunday 16th June, 2019. It's a superb free  event, with a wide cross-section of music genres spread over 6 venues.

 

Unfortunately, the 'jazz' stage was a disappointment for me, with much of what I think is called 'funk' rather than what I would call jazz: certainly not trad jazz anyway. Making up for a trad jazz deficiency however, were outstanding performances on the main stage from Lunaxis, Kings Gambit, and the headlining Blockheads. (And luckily, I got my trad jazz fix a few days later, when I saw Edinburgh's brilliant Tenement Jazz Band at The Walnut Tree, Blisworth).

 

The photo features the charismatic Norman Watt-Roy, bass guitarist of The Blockheads, obligingly looking straight into the lens. The Blockheads originally backed the sadly-deceased Ian Dury, but is a great band in its own right, putting on a storming show.

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