As seems to be the norm with photographers I thought that I’d sum up the last twelve months in a single post. It’s far too difficult to pick out twelve images so I’ll just add a few and give thanks to several people on the way.

The highlight of the start of the year was my trip to Italy with my friend Jeremy. We hit up a load of great locations, abandoned factories, houses and hospitals. We managed to get caught a couple of times too which kept things exciting.

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It was around this time that I shot Laura’s Loo. A fantastic conversion from abandoned Victorian toilet to a superb apartment. The images were used in Transmitter, our local free magazine. From here things started to take a different tack, Laura asked me to shoot some images of the local Mixed Martial Arts club that she attends, happily I accepted, unbeknown to me this would set me off in a direction I wasn’t expecting.

 

In May Laura asked if I would like to come to an MMA event that she was fighting at, of course I accepted. From the off I was hooked, great athletes, lots of action and a really clued up crowd of people involved in the sport too. Since then I’ve been to quite a few MMA events and taken some decent pictures. I have also had the good fortune to be used for several articles in Fighting Fit and also this months MMA Uncaged, something that I am exceedingly great full for. It’s quite gratifying for me to see my work in print.

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Events leading up to the end of the year were nothing short of stellar. I got to shoot some of my favourite bands, bands that I have been following for more than twenty years and seen many, many times before, and will hopefully see many times again. So thanks to Carter USM, The Wonder Stuff, CUD, Neds, Jesus Jones, The Wedding Present.

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There are a few people I should thank for making this year one of my best, helping me out and just generally being nice, in no particular order . . .

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Laura and Colin at New Wave Academy
Stephen Doran and Daniel Movahedi at Fury MMA
Harry Shoebridge at UCMMA
George McCann at Love 2 Fight
Adam Parrott at Katana
Helen Parish
Paul Regan
Paul Fitz
Danny at Fighting Fit
Alan at MMA Uncaged

Of course I need to give thanks to my lovely girlfriend Viveca for putting up with me and for not moaning too much when I’m out on a Saturday again.

At the start of last year I couldn’t have expected to have achieved all that I have over the last twelve months, it’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of time has been spent travelling, waiting, processing and the like. However it’s been worth it and I wouldn’t change any of it.