Tare Kagbala contacted me about recreating a Whitney Houston scene from The Bodyguard. She was lat for the first shoot and missed it. So we met up at the end of the day and got permission from the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel to use one of their function rooms where we quickly make this shot. Tare is a mother of 3 and her day job is working as Martin Green’s PA one busy lady.
Lucas Meagor is about to run his fiftieth marathon. He got in touch with me to recreate a scene from Run Fatboy Run the subtext of the image is hilarious given the idea of hitting the wall in the marathon event.
Laura Gale approached me about recreating a scene from The Terminator. we met at Pearson Park on saturday morning and made this image. Sarah Connor is one tough cookie and so the geese knew that we’d be taking no prisoners. Please note no park benches were harmed in the creation of this image.
Ruth Toynton posted on facebook that she had been let down and needed a photographer. I was in town and offered to help out. Ruth is a singer and that is how we met. After a bit of gentle arm twisting Ruth agreed to do a Lady Sings the Blues shoot here’s the image. Interestingly when Ruth sings she makes beautiful photographs as well as music.
Helen Robinson contacted me about recreating a scene from Arsenic and Old Lace with her friend Ailsa Oliver. They bought a whole load of props to dress the table at Liquid Jade in Zebedees Yard. After a cup of tea we made this image.
I met Jason Dodd in the waiting room at the plastic surgery department of The Castle Hill in Cottingham. We were both waiting nervously for surgery on our heads. We started chatting and the subject turned to Made in Hull we laughed a lot, fear will do that to you and eventually things turned to all things Hullywood. Jason had seen the projections and liked them and asked if he could do one. I said yes sure – so here we have Jason Todd as Dr.Evil shot at Thieving Harry’s late on saturday afternoon.
Ian Read is Head of Learning and Participation at Hull City of Culture. He approached me about recreating a scene with one of his favourite characters Groucho Marx in Duck Soup. We meet outside his office and head across the way to a solicitors office where we are given access to a rather splendid room. We both spot the pile of papers on the table in the corner and make this image.
Hullywood Icon Carol Young and her friend Karen Grannon contacted me about recreating a moment from The Blues Brothers. You may recall that Jake and Elmore are on a mission from god. I arrive at Zebedees Yard it’s getting dark. Shoot number 12 of a very busy saturday. I’ve just been sat with Dr.Evil in Thieving Harry’s and the Blues Brothers are sitting in a rather underwhelming ford fiesta. Carol is on her mobile I know she is looking for my number I tap on the window and we get cracking with the shoot.
We have a lot of laughs and after a few trial and errors then we make this image. I say my farewells and head for the ceilidh I’m playing at in Skidby with the Hessle Ceilidh Band. No rest for the wicked.
Helen Harrison contacted me via Facebook asking if she and her friends could recreate a scene from Made in Dagenham, a dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
We arranged to meet on saturday at The Old Grey Mare. It was raining but spirits were running high we chattered loudly and laughed a lot despite the inclement January weather.
We headed across the road to Hull University and on the day that millions of woman across the world protested against the inauguration of President Trump and his attitudes towards women we made this humorous image.
In the photo are: Joanne Huntsman; Helen Harrison; Dionne Ruffy; Karen Platten; Louise Lawlor; Jermaine Willan; Rachel Dale and Margaret Korosec.
I have two daughters I love them.I want them to live in a world where equality is a given and sexism is viewed as abhorrent and not to be tolerated. When I recently read the full Transcript of Trump’s infamous ‘Pussy’ speech I felt sick. I’ve added it to this post because I think it needs to be read in all its vileness.:
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look. I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
President of the United States of America