MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 21

Months ago I had a feeling that this week will be the best week of the Hull City Of Culture 2017 photographic challenge and IT WAS F***** AMAZING.

With the sad notes on Tuesday I thought that there is not much that can lift the broken spirits, but it turns out that the unity, togetherness and community spirit will defeat the evil.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday I went to the BBC Radio 1’s Academy  to see Bastille for a special Live Lounge.
My reasons for the excitement about BBC Radio 1 being in Hull is simple – that is my radio, my ear-family, my wake up call and I love all the DJ’s, they make me feel like home. Even when I am not in the UK.

Clara Amfo was hosting the Live Lounge and the Q&A with the band.

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I was actually really surprised that I was allowed my “professional gear” in both. Usually I would be told off, but this time it was rather lovely.  For the Q&A I was in the front row because I made good friends with few BBC members. Big “cheer” to BBC staff, security and organisers – really welcoming and helpful.

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And I am like “OMG I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF BASTILLE, CLARA AMFO” and I have every right to be over the mooooooon.

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After the splendid time with Bastille I rushed to have a nosy at the actual Academy so I can milk it as much as my time allows.
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Plus I got to speak with to extremely talented photographers Thomas Arran and Shoot J Moore. These two guys I follow religiously on social media streams, they are an inspiration and honestly – motivation. Both have equally a lot of talent, still being different.
I apologise that I behaved like groupie – I think I am one. sorry.

Also a SHOUT OUT TO ALAN RAW – the father of BBC Introducing Humberside, creative director behind the HIP Gallery and other great stuff. He got a shout-out on Mr. Jam’s show the other week and I was really happy getting the broadcast UK wide.

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THURSDAY

The new arrival in Hull  Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition down Princess Dock Street was an interest to me. Just cos the Wild Life Photographer of the Year exhibition in Beverly was so incredible, I thought this is right up that level.

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The content is fantastic, the display alright and I spotted a few favourites. The space was lacking “the interests” and at that time in the morning, people rushed to work, so I really had to be patient.
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SATURDAY

This is not my usual content – politics. But this year I am going to use my vote. On Saturday I went down to Humber Street where an event organised by Anna Bean and the “crew” took place.  We Love Arts and Culture in Support of Labour #GE2017 was the title and because I am trying to understand which labour candidate I would like to vote for, the event was the perfect place for lazy.
I asked a  question of why so many artists choose to vote Labour and I was sold.
Here is some info if you are interested: Arts Policy Lounch from Jeremy Corbin

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People there supported Emma Hardy. And I can see why, her presence is very likable, she seems honest and she understands people and their needs. She was there to speak to people, hear them out. Unfortunately I can’t vote for her, but you can if you live in West Hull or Hessle.

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ART IS FOR MANY NOT FOR FEW

THE LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST – for some obvious reasons I had a quick look in to Kingston Art Group Gallery and got introduced with

WITCHE’S KNICKERS [slang/British] plastic bags snagged in trees and bushes – an exhibition that contains paintings and clothes.
Really liked the paintings and absolutely loved the clothes.
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BLASTING FANTASTIC WEEK AND OFF COURSE THE HIGHLIGHT – BASTILLE AND RADIO 1’s BIG WEEKEND.

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The festival photos will be on the blog within the next week – I shot three rolls of 35 mm film. Really excited to see what will come out.

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 18

Like every other week in 2017 – I had to get some culture into my system.

Sure, life takes over, work gets piled up and some reflections from last week about the impact of Hull City Of Culture 2017 were things that effected my involvement…

The week consisted of two main missions – re visit Skin: Freud, Mueck and Tunick exhibition with friends/family cos I thought not seeing Mueck at the Ferens Art Gallery is rude.

Off course no photographs allowed, so …..

Also we went down the HIP Gallery to have a fresh view of the newest exhibition – The Ragman’s Son

“George Norris is “The Ragman’s Son”. He grow up in the Hessle Road area of Hull trolling the streets and 10 foots with his horse and cart collecting scrap metal. Let George share with you his life, his family and memories caught on camera. The exhibition will be Curated by HIP Gallery’s own Alan Raw, who has a particular interest in George’s work as he is himself the great grandson of a West Hull scrap merchant and a Norris family customer.”

NOTE: According to some unofficial sources, Alan Raw did not get any financial help from Hull City Of Culture 2017 so he took the initiative and organised this himself. So this exhibition can’t be found on the Hull City Of Culture 2017 website and isn’t part of the event list.
I find it bit sad and controversial – as this is supposed to be the celebration of Hull and what can be more Hull that The Ragman’s Son.
Really good image content and lovely to see the rawness of the subject.

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7 ALLEYS/ THE LAND OF GREEN GINGER @EAST PARK

7 Alleys  was something that I wanted to see through the lens – I knew the potential image content could blew the socks off so on Saturday, after a very long day, I dressed warm and headed to East Park.

I was greeted [not really] by a grumpy security officer who told me that unless I am from press, I can’t take photos. BECAUSE IN THE DARK WE USE FLASH.

Only the small-minded in photography can’t get their heads around ISO and the upcoming light will require zero flash light. BAM!!!

It was quite interesting to be part of something that is a bit of a secret until you experience it. People really mad for it in a good way, so there was a lot of pushing, running, squeezing and apologising. But I got there, I took some amazing photos and fully experienced the light/sound/firework/human magic.

It was very tiring and physical work, really difficult to deal with crowds whilst focusing on the perfect image. But heey – who said it is easy.

Here is a full-ish gallery of the amazing stunts, lights, fireworks and action. It is never the same through the lens, but this will be a good reminder of what went on.

There was a lot of WOW – moments, so I hope that The Land Of Green Ginger will have something along those lines soon…

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KCOM SMILE CAMPAIGN @NORTH POINT SHOPPING CENTRE

HELLO.

Last Friday I was asked to photograph KCOM Smile Campaign at North Point Shopping Centre.

The event was brilliant. It was for the locals from Bransholme to have a happy Friday with free balloons, crayons, re-usable shopping bag, free face paint for kids by very talented and incredible artist Tracy Nicholson and opportunity to ask KCOM representatives about KCOM services and find out when the ultra-fast broadband will be installed.

NUMBER ONE REASON WHY IT WAS HAPPY FRIDAY EVENT:

KCOM representatives a pleasure to work alongside,  super fun, answered all the questions and were great with kids.

NUMBER TWO REASON WHY IT WAS HAPPY FRIDAY EVENT:

North Point Shopping Centre. is a great space for events. It brings different people for a shopping journey, often hosting events that most of the time are free to attend.

NUMBER THREE REASON WHY IT WAS HAPPY FRIDAY EVENT:

Bransholme is one of Hull’s areas that have the most interesting and diverse people. They are honest, bold and “crackers”. Lovely to meet the new generation and see their smiley faces after they see them selves turned into a fairy or Spiderman.

Here is a quick insight of what happened.

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You can also view the photos:
KCOM Facebook Page

THANK YOU BRANSHOLME/KCOM FOR MAKING MY FRIDAY AWESOME.

EVERGLOW UK TOUR: BRENNAN REECE @KARDOMAH94

HELLO.

HERE TO GIVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO BRENNAN REECE FOR THE AMAZING SHOW EVERGLOW ON THURSDAY NIGHT @KARDOMAH94

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THE SHOW WAS REALLY ONE OF THE BEST ONES I’VE SEEN – FUNNY, CLEVER, HEART WARMING AND SOMETHING SPECIAL.

ALSO NOT ALONE, BRENNAN HAD A SUPPORT ACT CHRIS WASHINGTON – SERIOUSLY FUNNY.

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It is funny how I can’t imagine myself going to a comedy gig without a camera on my shoulder. This what happened – I had already seen Brennan Reece last year at one of my works Christmas party that included a lot of comedy. I could not stop laughing throughout and knew that must see him preforming again. And this was my chance – treat myself for a good old Thursday with a Brennan Reece Everglow. And than I thought – how about to take the camera just in case…
But I am really happy that I have found comedy in my photography-life.

 

SO GUYS, THANK YOU.

P.S. Thanks to Gary Jennison and Jed Salisbury for “holding my hand through the years of photographing comedy.

HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016

Comedy in Hull is always alive, but once a year Hull Comedy Festival brings the laughs together in a form of a festival.

For the second year running, I had the honours to be be part of it – photograph and laugh [sometimes laugh is distracting me from holding a frame].

This gallery will be bursting of great moments, pulled faces, awesome comedians, local talents and sausage rolls.

My highlight of this year was The Kagools. All my love to these two brilliant girls. They salsa-kissed Hulls mayor and THAT IS JUST ONE REASON WHY THEY ARE SO AWESOME.

Great to see local comedians, comedians from Leeds and other outskirts of Hull [sorry].

BIG MASSIVE HUGE THANKS TO GARY JENNISON AND JED SALISBURY. ALL MY LOVE TO YOU BOTH FOR MAKING THIS FESTIVAL SO LOVABLE.

Since I’ve started taking so many photographs, I struggle to write essays and speak thousand words, therefore there is just one last thing to say:

 

THANK YOU HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016 FOR MAKING MY LIFE FUNNY AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!!!!

 
PLEASE LIKE, SHARE AND RE LIVE THE HULL COMEDY  FESTIVAL 2016.

 

Lots of love
Anete Sooda

 

 

Dove House Colour Run 2016

Over the weekend I was involved in something pretty amazing and certainly different from everyday activities.

Dove House Hospice Colour Run took its place at Hymers College on Saturday. The event for the third year brought together fantastic people in urge to help and support Dove House Hospice.

The reason why I found myself covered in rainbow paint was my long-thought idea of running and photographing at the same time. I geared up with GoPro Hero, rather than carry the bulky Mark III, so I filmed as well as photographed. For the Colour Run I couldn’t really decide which way to go – run or photograph from the viewers point of view…and I think my decision to do both has got some success.

As just recently I have started volunteering for Dove House Hospice and start my End Of Life Celebrations project with them, I had the opportunity to bring the ideas forward to Fundraising team and they showed 100% support.

They loved the idea to have the Colour Run reflected from artists point of view within the actual run.

The GoPro Hero was an adorable little camera that took some shots from right of the middle of the action. I also filmed a lot whilst running, stopping for a close up action near the paint stations.

I have never used GoPro before and I wish I was. I have looked through the footage and the actual parts where I run are just…funny to say…a bit of a fail. Camera is jumping up and down with me and just doesn’t look right. But everything is a learning curve and I will master Adobe Pro and get a lovely short video from the footage I have.

Overall – really exciting event, brings different people together for one cause. The paint, sweat, water, smiles and fresh air literally made my day.

Thank you to Dove House Hospice and Phoebe for trusting me this awesome job, following my crazy ideas and lending me a GoPro.

 

 

P.S. Video to come soon….

Freedom Festival 2016

Time has passed since the Freedom Festival, but it is never too late to share some great moments and re live the festival.

 

 

WARNING – there is nearly 200 photos, so before you decide to open the gallery and re live the festival, prepare a cup of tea and a bowl of biscuits.

 

I will keep the the reading to the minimum, so that you have the chance to indulge in the moments.

Massive thanks to Freedom Festival for trusting me with this big and important job, it was my honour to be the official photographer amongst great talent, such as Thomas Arran and Neil Holmes.

I was photographing the festival across three days – performances, music, theatre, people and moments.

My highlight was definitely Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak Danbor Talka: Clash of Drums on Friday night and Saturday daytime, when everyone embraced the rain and enjoyed the festival.

Looking back at the photographs, especially from the night time – the festival has been a learning curve and I have so much space where to develop.

I have recognised a strong Parr and Dench influence when I look at people and moments through the lens. I am drawn to human kind being awkward at times, honest, happy, beautiful, clumsy, innocent and guilty…I celebrate people.

The Freedom Festival this year has been incredible – it was distributed well across very significant and beautiful areas of Hull, it had wide range of art available to different kind of people and it was engaging.
I certainly feel like I was part of something really good, something that is so “Hull”.

I hope you enjoyed the festival and are ready for next year- 10th anniversary of Freedom Festival.

If you would like to enjoy festival from different points of view visit here:

Freedom Festival 2016 Highlights

and

Freedom Festival 2016 on Flickr

 

SO…Have you got the supplies ready?

 

Hull Comedy Festival>>Sunday Funday @St.Stephens

As mentioned before Hull Comedy Festival 2016 is coming soon, so on Sunday they did a little promotion in St. Stephens as part of the Super Sunday Fundays they entertained kids and grownups too..

Must say – I got little too much involved and cheered alongside the kids to the magic tricks performed  by Michael Diamond’s.

Plus he had incredible skills in managing scary balloons….

Gary Jennison was there to make sure things are looking good, everyone gets involved and was blowing up HHCP balloons.. [oh might duck…]

GIGGLES LIVE @KARDOMAH94

Every now and then I feel the urge to attend a comedy gig hosted, presented and performed by my comedy friends.

Also Hull Comedy Festival 2016 is fast approaching and preparations are taking place more often.

Last Thursday I went down to Giggles Live Presents event at Kardomah94.

The event was hosted by famous and hilarious Jed Salisbury and performances from Jack Gleadow, Dave Rivers, Jack Hammer and Odd Sock Club, Gary Jennison Gameshow.

Well, I had a laugh an the audience did too [it was packed full and I could not find a seat]

These guys have so much talent, dedication and it is always my pleasure to be around them.

Erm, the photos are really just 1/2 professional as my aim was to enjoy myself.