Derby Day

Derby Day

Derby day at Meadow Lane. Following a massive change in form for Notts County, there was a real air of expectation for this sometimes one sided fixture against Mansfield Town! A bit like the olden days, there was a great atmosphere building in the ground even half an hour before kick off. As ever football creates big emotion in people, young and old. I loved trying to catch the range of emotion in the images below. For the record Notts County (despite being bottom versus top) convincingly won the match.  

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New Bishop of Sheffield

New Bishop of Sheffield

Congratulations to Bishop Pete who was installed as the eight Bishop of Sheffield today. A stunning service at a packed Sheffield Cathedral. 

Bishop Pete Unveiled

Bishop Pete Unveiled

From a photographic perspective I love this sort of work. I get a simple brief to capture an interesting day as it unfolds – no posing, setting up, giving instructions – just observing and endeavoring to tell a story – by far my favourite kind of brief. The only downside is having little control over the light – yellowy indoor light vs beautiful natural light can be profoundly different/challenging. Take for example the last shot of this set of images  – the image comes alive because of the light – making the photographer’s job much easier! This was a grabbed shot and literally my last photo of the day. It’s also a privilege to be around so many lovely people and to be a first hand witness to such an uplifting event. Bishop Pete was warm, gracious, inspiring and passionate about the job ahead. The best of luck to him…

Bishop Steven’s Farewell Service

Bishop Steven’s Farewell Service

I had the privilege of being asked to document the Bishop of Sheffield’s leaving service at Sheffield Cathedral a couple of weeks ago. Part of the challenge was to create a huge group portrait with the bishop and his wife stood together with the whole cathedral congregation at the end of the service. I thought this was a great idea albeit a bit of a daunting prospect with hundreds of people in attendance! The congregation were great and the cathedral’s removable crane appearing like magic at the appointed time helped me get a decent vantage point. It was a great service and also a fitting tribute to the bishop as he leaves Sheffield to become the Bishop of Oxford in the Autumn.  

1554 Café

1554 Café

1554 Café inside Sheffield Cathedral is celebrating it’s first birthday next month. I had the pleasure of taking some photos on behalf of You Say Social last week. I was concentrating on taking the photos but the coffee and food looked really good and the staff were friendly. All set within the peace and tranquility of the beautiful cathedral. Well worth a visit…….