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Photography and Theatre | Youth Music Theatre UK | Barbican Theatre Plymouth | August 2018

 

 

The young narrator of YMTUK's Cautionary Tales at Plymouth's Barbican TheatreABOVE : The young narrator of YMTUK's Cautionary Tales at Plymouth's Barbican Theatre

Light, they will tell you, is the medium you must paint with as a photographer. It is not as though It will be expected to perform miracles for you under your hands but you will be told that you must work with it less like a sculptor would with organic material and more like a painter trying to capture a moment in time.


Your plate, your film, your negative or more accurately today, your camera's sensor will be your canvas ,and on it you must frame and compose passing moments for posterity using your own brilliantly attuned and practised eye to select the perfect moment. Each photograph like some untimely matrimony between Martine McCutcheon and Henri Cartier-Bresson must be decisive and perfect before it passes and is gone forever. And it will be your ability to read light like a fortune teller translating what to everyone else is just plain old builders tea that will endow you with a magic that means you can read the luminant landscape and pick out a vision from the mist.


Much of this is misleading or hopeful at best.

 

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Poetry Pioneers | Apples and Snakes : 35 Years | Ocean Studios | The Royal William Yard | 17 April 2018

 

 

APPLES AND SNAKES 35 Years : Poetry Pioneers exhibition at Ocean StudiosABOVE : APPLES AND SNAKES 35 Years : Poetry Pioneers exhibition at Ocean Studios

I have photographed and written about a few shows now at Ocean Studios in the Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Everything from opening nights of photography and painter's exhibitions, to national art festivals. I have made a film here, shot fashion editorials and models all around the yard, and even exhibited my own installations in what was the Cooperage building and on the lawn in front, not long after the RWY opening to the public in 2008. Tonight though, was the first time I have seen the Ocean Studios Gallery used as both an exhibition and performance space....

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End of Year Review | 2017 in Pictures | Devon and Cornwall Event Photography

Greenbeanz Photography 2017 review

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Wedding Photography in Plymouth | The Marriage of David and Anne Marie at Mount Batten Tower | Devon and Cornwall Wedding and Event Photography

 

 Plymouth Wedding Photography Couple at Mount BattenABOVE : Plymouth Wedding Photography. David and Anne Marie at Mount Batten

Wedding Photography in Plymouth | Devon and Cornwall Wedding and Event Photography


Greenbeanz Photography are very happy to have been asked to document the Plymouth Wedding of David and Anne Marie. The opportunity to help capture the magic of somebodies special day is not something you take lightly, and the occasion was made even more memorable, by being only the second wedding ceremony to be held at the historic mOUNT BATTEN TOWER.


Built in 1652 just after the English Civil war the tower was constructed on the site of an earlier artillery battery but was superseded by Plymouth's Citadel and after being relegated to an observation base it fell out of use but was repaired and refurbished in 2016 to be used as a venue for Wedding ceremonies and other events.The venue is unique and located where it is helped enormously in providing a beautiful backdrop for a bespoke wedding photography experience on the glorious Devon coast of this city.

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Karting at Plymouth Karting | November 2017 | Devon and Cornwall Sport and Event Photography

 

GoKart at Plymouth Karting EventABOVE : Plymouth Karting UK Go Karts captured in November 2017.

Karting at Plymouth Karting | Devon and Cornwall Sport and Event Photography

The competitive spirit and innate human desire to win, is rarely more obviously demonstrated then when it is played out in a race. We have long been obsessed by racing from the earliest olympics to the space race today we have always placed great value in being first. People will race anything, bikes, boats, planes, even something as lethargic and procrastinating as snails.

 

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05 November 2017 | Fireworks at the Hall | Pro Boxing at Plymouth Guildhall | Devon and Cornwall Boxing and Sport Photography

 

 

Brad Pauls UK boxing photosABOVE : Cornish born UK Boxer Brad Pauls at Plymouth Guildhall November 5th 2017.

Fireworks at the Hall 2017 | Pro Boxing at Plymouth Guildhall | Devon and Cornwall Sport and Event Photography

On Sunday November 5th 2017, BCB and Carl's Boxing Stable, presented an explosive appetiser before the evening's annual bonfire celebrations with a full card of spectacular professional boxing at Plymouth Guildhall. BCB have organised Pro boxing events around the country for some time now and the Plymouth shows just seem to grow each year.

The local boxing community is very enthusiastic about supporting such events, it is just a pity that the casual fans, that seem happy to fill the hall for a white collar event when supporting friends and family, do not seem as interested in supporting a full pro card like this, in the same numbers. Those extra tickets sold would enable the promoters to further supplement and build on already great production, with even more exciting match ups to reward the general public.

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OCTOBER 28 2017 | Zombie Walk | Ivybridge | Photography and Graphics| Photojournalism

 

 

The Zombie walkers in Ivybridge railway station carpark October 28 2017. ABOVE : The Zombie walkers in Ivybridge railway station carpark October 28 2017.

Ivybridge Zombie Walk 2017 | Photographing the undead | Devon and Cornwall Photojournalism

I am writing this on the 28th of October in the year of 2017. Should you find yourself reading this and wondering what things were like before, then I am afraid time is short and I do not have time to reassure you, but things really were different .

Before they came there was light and goodness, and a distinct lack of brain based snacks in a world where screen based charge ups and a ready supply of brawn, were not essential for sustenance.

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OCTOBER 2017 | Ophelia and Brian| Plymouth Storms| Wind and Waves across Plymouth | Photojournalism

 

 

Wave hitting Plymouth Lido during Storm Brian 2017ABOVE : Plymouth Lido is hit by a wave during storm Brian in October 2017.

Plymouth Storms 2017 | Ophelia and Brian | Devon and Cornwall Photojournalism

In October 2017 the Devon and Cornwall coastline was visited by the tail end of Ophelia, a downgraded hurricane that had torn through Ireland. and then a couple of days later, Brian, another storm who although not expected to be as strong, coincided with a seasonal high tide.

 

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07 OCTOBER 2017 | Devcon, Sci-Fi, Film and Comic Fair | Plymouth Guildhall | Devon and Cornwall Cosplay and Event Photography

 

 

Spiderman climbs the inside of Plymouth Guikldhall at Devcon 2017ABOVE : Plymouth Guildhall Devcon 2017. It would not be a cosplay fair without Spiderman

Devcon 2017 | Plymouth Guildhall | Devon and Cornwall Cosplay and Event Photography

On Saturday October 7th 2017 the annual Devcon, Sci-fi, film and Comic Fair took place at Plymouth Guildhall. Events Frontier have organised the event for some time now and the event just seems to grow each year.The cosplay community is very enthusiatic about supporting such events, and with a host of stalls selling everything from action figures to retro comics and custom made clothing, the convention is always a big hit with the genreral public too.

 

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22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Plymouth Art Weekender 2017| Devon and Cornwall Art and Event Photography

 

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 Woman walking with protestsignABOVE : Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 One of Peter Liversidge's Protest signs carried past one of Elmgreen and Dragset's 'A Good Neighbour' billboards

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 | Devon and Cornwall Art and Event Photography

Last weekend the annual Plymouth Art Weekender unfurled in venues across the city, bringing together art lovers and artists from outside and inside the city in a celebration of creativity that focused attention on a vital sector of the regions cultural, economic and educational portfolio. In an effort to create a lasting dialogue between the arts and people, the citywide arts show has pioneered an attitude of openness in presenting work that is truly engaging with the public.


From garden sheds to the cities own Council House and Civic Centre, in Devonport Park and Plymouth University, on buses and in tunnels at the Royal William Yard and the Barbican , the work could be found in every corner of Plymouth.

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20 September 2017 | Photographing Dancers | Devon and Cornwall Dance Photography |

 

 

Photograph of Disabled dancer Kevin French in motion UK Dance PhotographyABOVE : Kevin French in motion UK Dance Photography across Devon and Cornwall

Photographing Dancers 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | UK Dance Photography

Kevin French is a disabled dancer with cerebral palsy working in Plymouth and currently undertaking his Masters Degree at Plymouth University. Thursday September 20th 2017 was the opening night for an exhibition of drawings of him in his capacity as a life model, but was also the occasion for a live dance performance by Kevin and fellow dancer Chloe Lee.

 

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06 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Surf Photography | Devon and Cornwall Action and Sport Photography

 

Photograph of Surfer at NewquayZoo UK Animal PhotographyABOVE : Surfer at Newquay UK Action and Sport Photography across Devon and Cornwall

Surf Photography 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | Action and Sport Photography

Being in the westcountry, we are lucky to have coast on both sides of Devon and Cornwall, and so there is plenty of opportunities for photographing surfers, professionals and amateurs alike. This time of year, in September after the end of the international boardmasters event, Fistral beach in Newquay is perfect for practising using your auto focus to track action, the bread and butter of sports photography.

The car park is right on the edge of the beach making it very accessible, which is important not just for photographers, but for many people like my partner who is disabled, the ability to park so close when mobility is limited, is a real bonus.

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01 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Photographing Animals | Devon and Animal Photography |

Photograph of Jaguar at Dartmoor Zoo UK Animal PhotographyABOVE : Jaguar at Dartmoor Zoo UK Animal Photography across Devon and Cornwall

Photographing Animals 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | Animal Photography

Photographing animals can be among the most rewarding of photography projects to undertake for Professionals and Amateurs alike. There is none of the awkwardness associated with learning to pose models or coaxing your friends and family into looking natural and relaxing in front of the camera, and there is the comforting knowledge that your subject not only has no preconceptions of what the image should look like but also they have no conscious idea of what you are actually doing with that funny little black box held up to your face.


Of course one can start with pets at home (and the proliferation of cats single taking over the internet seems to indicate you will find a ready made audience to admire even the most basic of snapshots) or you can venture into the garden to capture birds and other native wildlife, but a great place to learn and hone your craft is the local Zoo or Wildlife park.

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09 AUGUST 2017 | Photographing Hoses | Devon and Cornwall Equine Photography

Photograph of Horse in motion UK Horse PhotographyABOVE : UK Horse Photography across Devon and Cornwall

Photographing Horses 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | Equine Photography

I am lucky enough to have a sister-in-law in Izzy who has devoted her life to horses, and wanted me to take a few shots of her animals, that were unlike the usual posed or competition equine photographs, and showed them displaying natural behaviour, and just kicking back having fun. I will do some work with her when jumping them in competition, but today the brief was entirely different.

She also paints and has taken photographs herself all her life and so I handed her the old trusty Nikon D700 and 80mm F1.8 D combination, explained the advantage of decoupling the focus from the shutter action with back Button Focus (which I find essential in action photography like boxing) and we got down to work.

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09 AUGUST 2017 | Camelford Agricultural Show | Devon and Cornwall Event Photography

 photograph of Camelford agricultural show 2017ABOVE : Camelford Agricultural Show 2017 at Halwill Barton

Camelford Agricultural Show 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | Event Photography

On August 09 2017, Camelford Agricultural Show was held at Halwill Barton by kind permission of the Sanders family. The annual event has classes for Sheep, Cattle. Horses and Poultry and several Dog Shows.

This year it was somewhat wet underfoot for August but still well attended and thankfully the rain held off for most of the day.There was also vintage tractors and other vehicles alongside numerous trade stands and marquees including a well stocked food hall.

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29 JULY 2017 | Summer Sizzler 2 | UK Professional Boxing | Plymouth Guildhall 7:30 PM

 

Plymouth Boxing photograph of victorious Des Newton hands aloftABOVE : Professional Boxing at Plymouth Guildhall. Des 'The Destroyer' Newton beats Liam Richards

SUMMER SIZZLER 2 | PROFESSIONAL BOXING | PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL

On July 29 2017, Plymouth's Guildhall once again rocked to the sound of local fight fans cheering on their favourites in an action packed night for local and UK boxing. Black Country Boxing and Carl's Boxing Stable Plympton put on a fantastic show displaying the best of the current crop of westcountry fighters.

The BBBOC regulated event featured Des "The Destroyer" Newton fighting Liam 'Rocco' Richards defending the British Challenge Lightweight Title he won against Andy Harris in May. Newton was composed and methodical breaking down Richards over the stretch and continued piling on the punishment for all 8 rounds but Richards proved a game, worthy, clever and never outclassed opponent till the end. The destroyer's hand was raised and the belt stayed with him

 

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Punks 'n' Pirates Boat Trip 2017 | The Cleaners and The Bus Station Loonies| Photographing Punk Rock on the High Seas

Punk fans singing on the 2017 Punks 'n 'Pirates boat tripABOVE : Fans of Punk Band The Cleaners playing at 2017 The Punks 'n 'Pirates boat trip

 

What happens when you get 150+ Plymouth Punk Fans, ask them to dress up as Pirates and then put them on a boat with two of the regions greatest Punk bands for a trip around the Plymouth coast?

Fun, wonky sea legs and a huge smile on your face. Many a sailor has had to pay a pretty penny for a similar experience and this way you don't have to regret anything but half of your last pint wasted overboard in the sound...

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Event Photography in Plymouth | Gateway of Light | 23 May 2017

Eddystone Lighthouse Plymouth Smeaton's Tower

ABOVE : Smeatons Tower, The Eddystone Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe. Click for Fine Art Prints.

 

Plymouth is uniquely placed as a gateway to both the Cornish Peninsula and the European Continent. To be a photographer in Plymouth is to be blessed with some of the greatest light in the UK.The brooding drama of Dartmoor and the open beckoning light of the sun bounced of the sea on Plymouth Hoe and the sound. Event photography in Devon and Cornwall offers incredibly diverse challenges, but can be very rewarding...

Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art have outstanding photography courses and it can be no coincidence that graduates from both have gone on to be great professional photgraphers here in Plymouth. The city has a thriving arts and music scene....

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Photographing Bands in the Recording Studio| 20 May 2017 | Black Friday at dBs Music Plymouth

Photograph of Bass Player Helen in Plymouth Recording StudioABOVE : Photographing bands in the recording studio. Black Friday Bass player Helen

Being a musician, producer and event photographer means one of the places I feel most at home is the recording studio. It is an entirely different challenge though to sitting behind the desk. One of the most important things to remember when photographing a recording session is that at no point should the band , producer, engineer or technicians, have to work around you.

 

This is their workplace and it will most likely have taken a while and not inconsiderable expense to get to this place, where the primary goal is to realise an inspired and accurate recording of the band and what they sound like. The sound of your flash gun popping, your footsteps, you bumping into mic stands or asking people to look at the birdy etc is not going to enhance that recording....

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Take Back Control | 13 May 2017 | Point of View and Event Photography | Plymouth UK

Artist and former Editor Alan Qualtrough exhibiting in PlymouthABOVE : Plymouth Arts and Community Event Photography. The Artist Alan Qualtrough

Being a Plymouth event photographer covering talks , workshops,exhibitions, performances and pop ups it is rare to be asked to photograph them all in the same day, but on Saturday May 13 at Plymouth's Creative School of Arts that is just what I did.

 

The 'Take back Control' event was set up to discuss and examine the change in communities that will result from the Brexit negotiations. The calling of a general election in the UK may well have thrown a slightly different aspect into focus, but the attendees and speakers were certainly not all from the labour party supporting left...

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06 MAY 2017 | Mayhem! Fight Night | Professional Boxing | Plymouth Guildhall 7:30 PM

Plymouth Boxing photograph of victorious Des Newton hands aloftABOVE : Professional Boxing at Plymouth Guildhall. Des 'The Destroyer' Newton beats Andy Harris

On May 06 2017, Plymouth's Guildhall rocked to the sound of local fight fans cheering on their favourites in an action packed night for local and UK boxing. Black Country Boxing and Carl's Boxing Stable Plympton once again put on a fantastic show displaying the best of the current crop of westcountry fighters.

 

The BBBOC regulated event featured Des "The Destroyer" Newton fighting Andy Harris for the British Challenge Lightweight Title. a bout that Reff Lee Cook had to step in and stop in the fifth round with Newton piling on the punishment for a worthy but ultimately outclassed opponent...

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29-30 APRIL 2017 | Look Up | Photographing Clouds In Plymouth

cloud photography in the UKABOVE : Clouds above Plymouth

Look up. This heaven bound exhortation is one you will be well rewarded for at this time of year, where the combination of blue and skies and fluffy white clouds create a skyscape rich with possibilities. The sky has long been an inspiration for those of us creative people, who have often been chided for having our head in the clouds. For painters, and more recently photographers, the inclination to raise our inclination is almost irresistible at times. Why, you may ask, is this?

 

For me it is all about light and the blank canvas. From writers to musicians the dread of nothing, and the fear of being creatively blocked, and damned by a lack of material from which to create something, is often dismissed as much ado about nothing....

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23 APRIL 2017 | St George's Day Morris Dance | Ocean City Half Marathon

cloud photography in the UK

Plymouth's half marathon got a rebrand this year as Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon 2017.We enjoyed shooting last years run and headed out to capture the participants again. It was a lovely day for it and over 3000 runners took part. Photographing sport here in Plymouth is as important to us as documenting the music and art scenes. In an event like this it is very obvious, but sport as a force for good in the community is there at all levels.

 

A great deal of money was raised for charity and people got the opportunity to challenge themsleves and fufill goals. Congratulations to all who took part....

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Greenbeanz for Event Photography in Plymouth

Greenbeanz Photography has been shooting professionally in Plymouth for a number of years now, and you can find galleries including coverage of many of the events listed above here


 

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Wedding Photography in Plymouth | Devon and Cornwall Wedding and Event Photography

Karting at Plymouth Karting | Devon and Cornwall Sport and Event Photography

Fireworks at the Hall 2017 | Pro Boxing at Plymouth Guildhall | Devon Sport and Event Photography

Ivybridge Zombie Walk 2017 | Photographing the undead | Devon and Cornwall Photojournalism

Ophelia and Brian| Plymouth Storms| Wind and Waves across Plymouth | Photojournalism

Devcon Plymouth October 2017 | Devon and Cornwall Cosplay| UK Event Photography

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | UK Art Event Photography

Photographing Dancers 2017 | Devon and Cornwall | UK Dance Photography

Surf Photography / Devon and Cornwall Action and Sport Photography- 06/09/17

Photographing Animals / Devon and Cornwall Animal Photography- 01/09/17

Photographing Horses / Devon and Cornwall Equine Photography- 09/08/17

Camelford Agricultural Show 2017- 09/08/17

Summer Sizzler 2 - UK PRO Boxing in Plymouth -29/07/17

Punks 'n' Pirates 2017- The Cleaners and The Bus Station Loonies- 24/06/17

Event Photography in Plymouth - 23/05/17

Photographing bands in the recording studio- Black Friday at dBs Music Plymouth - 20/05/17

Take Back Control Plymouth-Point of View and Event Photography- 13/05/17

Mayhem! -Plymouth Boxing Mayhem! Fight Night - 06/05/17

Look Up -Photographing Clouds in Plymouth - 29- 30 April 2017

St George's Day -Ocean City Half Marathon / Morris Dance - 23/04/17

The Robin -The Photographers Friend - 03/01/17

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Stanley the English Bull Terrier on Plymouth Hoe-Bonfire Night -05/11/16

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