I’m still not sure when I first heard of Mad Hatter Brewery. It might have been seeing Penny Lane a few years back, or maybe Nightmare on Bold Street. The names reminding me of trips to Liverpool when I was younger. The labels jumped out at me, simple, yet fun, all featuring the Mad Hatter Rabbit up to different escapades. Between the pales and stouts there was the signature experiments, from the (slightly less common at the time) Imperious IPA (11.7% double IPA), to the Rhubarb and Custard (featuring Yorkshire triangle’s forced Rhubarb). The drinks might not have been to everyone’s taste, I remember the reaction of shock and confusion to a Tzatziki Sour from a group in the Wakefield Beer Exchange one weekend.
Growing from a smaller space in the trendy Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, to a newer warehouse on the North Dock’s area things seemed to be going well. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, last year time was called on the Brewery. Gaz, moved onto Gibberish ( https://twitter.com/gibberishpub ), Angus is now Head Brewer over at Glen Affric Brewery down the road in the Wirral (https://glenaffricbrewery.com ).
The imagery featured here, was captured for Vol 8 of Hop & Barley. With Liverpool as the focus location it was only right that Mad Hatter featured as the Brewery story. At the time they were putting the finishing touches to the new facility, there was talk of possible starting to can. (Which they did a little while later). The space was massive and could have hosting such a variety of events, however it wasn’t to be.
To see the full feature on Mad Hatter Brewery, and the Liverpool city tour buy a copy of Hop & Barley volume 8 here. Thank you to Hop & Barley for a little paragraph from the article here written by Sam Turner.
The Mad Hatter story is one in which everything seems to have aligned nicely for the company; limitations were turned into strengths, a restless passion for brewing translated into a journey of bold new tastes, and characters coming into the fold who faithfully represented the brewery’s philosophy. From the name and the distinctive aesthetic, through to the vibrant tastes and direction of the constantly rotating roll call of beers. “I think [the hand-drawn bottle designs and logo] goes really well with the beer and the way the brewery has been set up,” says Sue of artist Stealthy Rabbit’s designs. The crudely-drawn rabbit starring in the eye-catching illustrations perfectly encapsulates the lo-fi ethos of the brewery which, early on, translated into unknowable brewing results. Gaz takes up the narrative: “It was never the same each time, Penny Lane was 6.5% to start off with and it was like that for a while and then it slowly came down. So if we did make the same beer twice, it was probably completely different.”
Sam Turner, Hop & Barley Vol 8
In preparation for the launch of 40 Vermouth, Alison Nightingale from Albourne Estate got in touch with me to produce a selection of imagery that could be used on their website and other marketing. Although the vermouth is perfect for drinking on it’s own, or with ice, the bottle featured a small fold out recipe card featuring a selection of cocktails. So I captured 8 different cocktails, as well as the vermouth on it’s own and on ice, all in a variety of suitable glasses. Along with these I used a selection of the 40 botanicals to showcase the flavours in the drink.
At the same time at Albourne Estate the newest batch of Blanc de Blancs, and Rose de Noirs was ready so we created a selection of imagery showcasing the label and some lifestyle images that could be used to promote the bottles. Finally I captured a few images of the promotional booklet that Albourne Estate are using to promote the bottles, to help tell the full story of the wines.
The Five Points Brewing Co commissioned me to capture a selection of product and lifestyle images to showcase their bottles, cans, kegs and casks. With Whitelocks and Turks Head being part of the Five Points family it was the prefect location to set up the images. With its marble bar, and dark velvet booths it allowed the pump clips and bottles to jump out. Keeping a mix of flash and natural lit images so that there was a wider variety of styled images available. They have expanded the can range since, as well as adding the Pembury Tavern to their new Taproom.
I was commissioned by Will at Studio Parr to shoot some imagery of the bottles he had designed for the Ibiza Chilli Co. The sauces have been made in Ibiza by Sid Shanti, using a range of different chilli’s grown on the island. So in keeping with the designs that focus on the different chilli’s in each sauce. I shots a mixture of fun and playful images using different chilli’s as lay flats, as well as some more direct detail shots of focusing on the labels and the illustrations.
BML Creative are a Leeds based Marketing, Brand and Communications agency. They got in touch as they needed some some photos to accompany their new website. In keeping with approachable feel to the site, they wanted some natural and relaxed imagery. The photos needed to show the overall feel of the space they have, but also plenty of the details around the studio that shared the personality of the team.
Making the use of the studio space, I captured some portraits of Co-Founders Dave and Natalie. As well as heading out into some of the shared areas within the Shine building to capture individual portraits as well.
To find about more about BML Creative and see the images in context head on over to www.bml-creative.co.uk
Its coming up to Leeds Beer week 2018 so I have put together a blog of some of 2017’s events. I pulled together a team of photographers for the week and between us we covered over 50 events in Leeds and the surrounding areas, aiming to create some nice imagery focussed on capturing the atmosphere and people having a great time and enjoying what the Leeds beer scene has on offer at this great annual event.
A few of my shots are below and highlight some of the best breweries in the UK at the moment, to name a few, Wild Beer Co, Thornbridge, Deya, Kirkstall Brewery, Redchurch, Affinity Brew Co and Wild Childe.
Can’t wait for this weeks events to start, if you see us out and about shooting pop and say hi.
Thornbridge is a brewery who when I see the beers on the bar I pretty much always have to go for. Jaipur on cask was one of the earlier drinks that got me interested in the Beer industry without even realising it. I remember seeing it pop up not just around Leeds, but also when I went back to Derby and Nottingham to see friends and family. So when Hop and Barley asked me to document a visit to Thornbridge to celebrate the brewery’s 10th birthday I was looking forward to it.
I headed down to the brewery with Nick (Hop & Barley) and Scott (from Little Less Known, who made a video to accompany the visit which is available here). We were welcomed into the main site, and given a full tour of the brewery, popping into the lab, as well as the impressive barrel store. After exploring the main site to really tell the story of where everything started we jumped in the car to visit Thornbridge Hall. Less than 10 minutes drive we pulled up at the original home of Thornbridge the 10bbl kit housed just behind the Hall. As expected it’s a cosy space but has a lovely contrast to the newer and sleeker production facility.
To read the feature in Hop & Barley Vol 5 grab a copy from their site here
Hong Kong has been on my must visit list for a while, and when I finally made it over it certainly didn’t disappoint. With Hong Kong Island being way more compact than I realised it was perfect for exploring the different areas on foot. Taking in the hidden backstreets and areas between each area for the less seen sights. Meanwhile Kowloon felt like a different place all together, on a rainy day it was like being in Manchester, grey, wet yet beautiful. It’s a place I’d like to explore again, and such a good location for travel photography.
The Grub & Grog shop are a Leeds based cafe/shop. Focusing on fresh and local produce they have a menu that changes depending on the season. For Volume 6 of Hop & Barley magazine they showcased a recipe that had developed season by season, taking it's, then, current form as the Celeriac Savoury Porridge. At the time the Grub & Grog shop were based in the Northern Monk Refectory so made use of various ingredients from the brewing process, and in this case, Beer Vinegar and Hop Syrup.
Making the most of the refectory space, I shot a selection of images capturing the different stages of the recipe. Which were then included alongside the magazine feature. The Grub & Grog shop now have made themselves at home in Sheaf St Cafeteria, while the Northern Monk Refectory has a quarterly changing pop-up kitchen. There's still chance to get a copy of the recipe in Vol 6 of Hop and Barley in their online store.
A preview of the images featured in Beer Yorkshire. A photography project from I've been working on with Hop & Barley. It is a celebration of Yorkshire’s diverse brewing landscape, photographically documenting this wonderful corner of Britain’s brewing culture.Read More
I was commissioned by Studio Parr to capture a selection of imagery of the new branding they had designed for High Weald Brewery. With the identity relaunch I created a range of imagery around the brewery, taking in a selection of portraits, detail as well as general brewery photos.
The new logo and branding style was designed to play on the local feel using some beautiful illustrations for a clear and strong look when displaying in pubs/shops. Taking the feel of the logo we visited a local blacksmith to produce some images that had an industrial and hands-on feel.Read More
As part of Leeds Beer Week, North Bar & The Brunswick will be hosting my photography exhibition celebrating the Yorkshire Beer Scene, the exhibitions will be up from Monday the 29th of August So pop on over and help us to celebrate what we have around Leeds while enjoying some cracking beers.
I have been working with a wide range of people and businesses involved in the industry, the project focuses on the people that make the local beer scene so interesting such as writers, designers, bloggers, maltsters, & farmers amongst others. I have also been documenting what a wide range of locations and kits are used to create artisan products, and the locations in which these are being produced. The exhibition is just the first stage, I’ll be continuing to shoot and document the Yorkshire beer scene so if you want get involved get in touch for a chat.
I’m in the process of shooting a project for Leeds Beer Week and during this I’ve been revisiting a number of locations I’ve previously documented. So thought it was a good time to look back at a commission that I shot for Hop & Barley magazine for Vol 4.
For each volume the Hop & Barley team investigate the beer scene in a different town or city. For this issue the focus was Leeds. With the idea of looking at a selection of the locations in Leeds and to document the journey through the different bars we visited on the day. Here’s a selection of the images, to read the full story grab a copy from Hop & Barley here. Included in the journey was Friends of Ham, Northern Monk Refectory, Tall Boys, North Bar, Tapped and finally Bundobust.
For more info on Hop & Barley or to grab back issues head on over to hopandbarley.co.uk/
Indy Man Beer Con is alway a special event and in it’s 4th year it’s constantly evolving and meeting the changing appetites of the attendees. Held at the Victoria Baths in Manchester it is a beer festival featuring a wide range of local, national and international breweries. This year has seen tweaks to the format adding extra capacity using all the available space to the maximum, and allowing the different sponsor partners to really put a stamp on the spaces. Cloudwater Brew Co recreated the relaxed and airy feel of their brewery tap in the pineapple room which previously held the food matching events. With the extended outdoor street food options instead it made sure there was loads of great stuff to pick from, and gave Cloudwater the space to really showcased the wide range they are producing right now. The Turkish Baths was split into an international room featuring Vertical Brands in the front section pouring Mikkeller, and Galway Bay amongst others, while Northern Monk created a dark abbey feel with their space. Keeping with the tradition of having the brewers and brewery teams serve the beers is perfect for those who needed a little extra help in deciding what to drink, and for the beer geeks an opportunity to have a quick chat and find out more about the stories behind the brews available. It also worked really well pulling all the collaboration beers together on a single bar. This meant it was quick and easy to give all the one off’s created for the IMBC 15 a try or even pick up a 6 pack of them in the take home cans. A extra unique and special feature was the Indy Can Beer Container. Working with We Can Solutions the organisers created the option taking any beer available home. At each bar were empty cans that could be filled and then taken to the canning station for sealing, a great way of using up the remaining tokens or just taking a favourite drink home.
Find more info on Indy Man Beer Con over at www.indymanbeercon.co.uk
If you have a craft beer festival you need photography for and want to chat feel free to drop me a line using the contact form here.
Little Leeds Beer House is a cosy little store tucked away upstairs in the Corn Exchange. Ran by Richard, Bryony and James they focus on selling a wide range of craft beers, with a smaller but equally fine range of wine's and spirits. Making use of the space in the evening as a great spot for a meet the brewer, home brew club and other special one off's.
It’s always good to look back at the images I’ve shot at the start of a new year and use them as a jumping off point to push me further with the new projects and shoots. So I’ve pulled together below a selection of my favourite images, taking in Editorial, commercial projects as well as personal work. My best of 2015 wedding photography can be found over here.
If you want to chat about working together to create images that tell a story or showcase your brand, or just want to talk more about producing some fresh imagery please get in touch here via social media or here.
I've recenty just brought this beauty of a camera to shoot more personal work. so far its been a total pleasure to use. Images from it to follow soon of its first outing at leeds beer festival.