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End of Year Review | 2021 in Pictures | Plymouth Devon and Cornwall Event Photography


2021 is coming to a close so here are some of my favourite images from the year. There are some client images that I cannot share for various reasons (Albums are not yet out, tours have not commenced, private celebrations and corporate events that not all involved want to share etc) but here are a collection of memorable photographs from 2021 and some thoughts on why the first 12 were chosen.

Most of the images when clicked will take you to the original gallery they first appeared in or the artists webpage in a seperate tab (on PC and Mac).

Enjoy and have a fabulous 2022.

BELOW : 'The Hatchling' takes flight on Plymouth Hoe 2021

The Hatchling a giant dragon puppet takes flight in Plymouth1. The Hatchling

2021 was a difficult and tragic year for so many with the Covid pandemic seeming to be without end, especially here in Plymouth, when in August a gunman killed five people, including a child, before turning the gun on himself.

'The Hatchling' a giant puppet dragon which had been set to emerge in Plymouth city centre in early August as part of the postponed Mayflower 400 celebrations was delayed as a mark of respect but came to the city in the final week of August. It was on that second day, the 29th of August this photo was taken.

It was almost as though the great beastie was born aloft on the will power and belief of the crowd gathered on Plymouth Hoe. It really was a beautiful and moving moment. It was a fantastic achievement by all involved, and cemented the fact that magic is not just something you find in books. Don't ever let people tell you that Plymouth is a place for small minds that never dare to dream, because this was another testament to the real empowering belief in creativity and positivity that has driven the hearts of many here for generations.

BELOW : Beckley Point Gothic in 2021

Beckley Point buliding in Plymouth in dramatic black and white gothic style2. 'Who you gonna call?

'The architectural merits of Plymouth's post war skyline have always been a contentious topic, with very strong opinions on either side. I like to think that whatever your views are of the Beckley Point Building, it at least aspires toward something. There is a Gotham like movie prop element to it's twin faceted frontage and I often think a giant marshmallow man or ape would not be able to resist hanging off it, when the skies look like they did on this day in April.

BELOW : Graffiti and Art wall in Honicknowle Plymouth 2021

Girl riding bycycle in front of graffit and street art in Plymouth 20213. Cloudbusting

Plymouth Artists Together have started to transform the city with public street art and this wall in Honicknowle is no exception. Not far from where I spent most of my childhood the art itself to me is incredibly powerful in sanctioning every child's right to dream. Riding your pushbike with this as a backdrop allows you to believe that anything really is possible.

BELOW : Maddison stuns the audience in an LS Drama Workshop production of 'Cats' in Plymouth February 2021

Young actress sings memories as a cat in production in Plymouth4. Memories

Laura Shepherd's amazing 'LS Drama Workshop' has constantly raised the bar year after year for what you can expect from a youth centred production. Maddison and her fellow cast members absolutely smashed it this year, and this song and performance just floored me in the dress rehearsal where Theatre stills are traditionally taken.

BELOW : Acrobatics from Plymouth Parkour at the Petrolheadz event on Plymouth Plaza in July 2021

Plymouth Parkour somersault over car in 20215. Jump

Plymouth Parkour and Plymouth's Barbican Theatre 'Petrolheadz' production in the city centre did so much to engage a young audience and gave me plenty of opportunities to choose decisive moments in a year where performance photography returned in venues across the city.

BELOW : Plymouth Punks at Plymouth's Punx Picnic in September 2021.

Punks outside of Plymouth The Nowhere Inn in 20216. Plymouth Punx Picnic

The return of Plymouth's annual punkfest and this candid black and white photograph from outside of The Nowhere Inn, was part of a trend of creating a lot more monochrome edits than usual this year. It was a year which seemed to exist between places, and in which, the simplicity and modesty of the colourless image often seemed more at home.

BELOW : Derren Brown 'The Showman' live at Plymouth's Theatre Royal in August 2021

'The Showman' Derren Brown live at Plymouth's Theatre Royal in August 20217. 'The Showman'

So proud to have been given the opportunity to capture such a unique and mesmerising talent. There was an extraordinary air of positivity and optimism that ran throughout this show. Underneath the showman, Derren Brown revealed himself to be an advocate for kindness and the grasping of life's fragile opportunities in a night full of surprises and wonder. It was somehow even more moving when you realised that you were just as astonished by this candour and vulnerability, as the drama of the mental and visual spectacles that unfolded on the stage of Plymouth's Theatre Royal.

BELOW : Toby from Street Factory at the 'Roots' Hip-Hop Event in November 2021

Toby Gorniak Breakdancer in air at Roots festival in Plymouth 20218. Dancing Machine

Like the Jackson five number, Plymouth's own Toby Gorniak is a dancing machine. Toby and his Street Factory crew brought the house down with the Hip-Hop 'Roots' festival in November of 2021.

BELOW : Chris and Jamie get married in Plymouth September 2021

Jamie and Chris kiss at their wedding9. Kiss Me

There is nothing like the romance of a wedding to inspire creativity and keep you on your toes, and when you have known the bride since she was a baby, and her dad who could not attend due to Covid, since you were both children, there is no better motivation to get it right.

BELOW : Eloise poses for her headshot and makes us all laugh in May 2021

Eloise makes a funny face10. Don't say cheese

It is important in times like this, maybe more than ever, not to take yourself too seriously. On a rare studio headshot and portfolio day, Eloise made sure we all had a proper belly laugh.

BELOW : Spain battles Australia in the SailGP Plymouth 2021

SailGP boats in race at Plymouth 202111. Whoosh

The SailGP made huge waves across the waterfront and reinforced Plymouth's role in being able to attract national and international events even in years where many events elsewhere were cancelled.

BELOW : Model Amie Boulton makes it look so easy in a Trident Studios shoot in 2021

Amie Bouton Model12. Amy

It is always a pleasure to work with professionals and you don't get much classier than Amie Boulton and Trident Studios in Plymouth.


Here are the best of the rest for 2021

Plymouth's Union Street Party 2021ABOVE : Plymouth's Union Street Party returned for it's celebration on community in 2021

Plymouth Climate Change Protest 2021ABOVE : Cop26 Protest March in Plymouth to draw attention to climate change

BELOW: A Raven in flight in Dartmoor National Park in 2021

Flying Raven

Surfer at Fistral Beach in Cornwall 2021ABOVE : A surfer cuts thru the waves on Fistral Beach in Cornwall 2021

Reel Cinema Plymouth at night 2021

ABOVE : The Reel / Odeon/ABC Cinema in 2021

Capri-Batterie just before a performance at Union Corner in PlymouthABOVE : Capri-Batterie just before a performance at Union Corner in 2021

Brad Pauls Boxer having his hand raised at Plymuoth's Guildhall 2021ABOVE : Boxer Brad Pauls has his hand raised in victory at Plymouth's Guildhall in October 2021

Runners in the Ocean City Half Marathon Plymouth 2021ABOVE : Runners in the annual Plymouth Ocean City Half Marathon

Dog meets giant dragon puppet in Plymouth ABOVE : A dog meets a giand dragon puppet when 'The Hatchling' roamed Plymouth city centre prior to taking flight from Plymouth Hoe that evening


Newborn Baby Elaria 2021

ABOVE : Baby Elaria in 2021

BELOW: The last of the summer sun on Bigbury Beach for this family photoshoot in 2021

Family photographed on Bigbury Beach by Plymouth Photographer

Fireworks behind Smeatons Tower Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe 2021ABOVE: Plymouth once again hosted the annual British Firework Championship in 2021

BELOW: Black Firday outside of the old Palace Theatre in 2021

Celtic Folk Punk Band Black Friday outside of the Palace Theatre Plymouth in 2021

Plymouth-Fine-Art-Urban-PhotographyABOVE: 'And the Night' Plymouth night photography 2021

Musician Tom and his Cat recieve their copy of MUTED in 2021 on Plymstock Broadway

ABOVE: Local Musician Tom Bishop recieves his copy of MUTED in Plymouth 2021

BELOW : Tim and Dog revieve their copy of MUTED

Musician Tim and his Dog

Weapons of Sound at Leadworks Plymouth in 2021ABOVE: Plymouth's Weapons of Sound at Leadworks COP26 Gig in 2021

Exhausted Earth 2021ABOVE : COP26 Gig at Plymouth's Leadworks in 2021

Heavy Heavy Hands in Plymouth 2021ABOVE : Heavy Heavy Hands supporting Crazy Arm at The Junction September 2021

Mike Mad Dog Mcrea performing live for Nubsessions Music TV show in 2021ABOVE : Mad Dog Mcrea Playing live at the Nubsessions broadcast in January 2021


Dan Hillman playing Saxaphone for Antimatador on a Nubsessions broadcast in 2021ABOVE : Dan Hillman of Antimatador at the Nubsessions broadcast in January 2021

BELOW : Eliza Shaddad at the Nubsessions broadcast in January 2021

Eliza Shaddad at Nubsessions 2021

Death sharpens his blade with fellow protesters at Plymouth's Climate Awareness March in 2021ABOVE : Death adjusts his Sycthe at the 'Plymouth March For Climate Justice' November 2021

Butterfly Hearse at Plymouth Pride 2021ABOVE : Butterfly Hearse at Plymouth Pride 2021

Plymouth Pride 2021ABOVE : Plymouth Pride 2021

BELOW : Andy from Souls of Misfortune at Devonport Bandstand in 2021

Andy from Souls of Misfortune at Devonport Bandstand 2021

Mural Artist Joe Greeaway in front of a Plymouth CommissionABOVE : Artist Joe Greenaway in front of a Plymouth Commission in 2021

Plymotuh Street Art Millbay 2021ABOVE : Plymouth Street Art Millbay Carpark 2021

Plymouth artist John Lilly at Leadworks 2021ABOVE : Plymouth Graffitti / Community artist John Lilly at the Leadworks exhibition of work by Plymouth Artists Together


Ian Shalliker Artist 2021ABOVE : Ian Shalliker in front of his painting 'Hercules'.

Ok Bye at The Junction in 2021ABOVE : Exeter's 'Okay, Bye' at Plymouth's Junction in September 2021

Crazy Arm's Darren Johns in Plymouth September 2021ABOVE : Crazy Arm's Darren Johns in Plymouth September 2021

 Angelique form Heavy Heavy Hands Plymouth 2021ABOVE : Angelique from Plymouth's Heavy Heavy Hands at the Junction September 2021

Bonnie makes a face Plymouth 2021ABOVE : Bonnie makes a face during her headshot session in Plymouth May 2021

Portfolio shot in natural lightABOVE : Young actress Maddy in natural light Portfolio shoot Plymouth May 2021

Eloise Actress portfolio shootABOVE : Eloise during a fun portfolio shoot in May 2021

BELOW : Jon Fazal at the Barbican Theatre's B-Bar in June 2021

Jon Fazal playing live at Plymouth's Barbican B-Bar in 2021

Plymouth Sealed Knot fire muskets at Sabbath Day Fight Civil War reinactment in Plymouth 2021

ABOVE : 'Sabbath Day Fight' reinactment by The Sealed Knot at Plymouth's Freedom Fields in December 2021

Boats on Plymouth Waterfront 2021ABOVE : Plymouth Waterfront 2021

Have a very happy 2022 from Greenbeanz Photography.

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