It’s been rather a busy couple of weeks: as you’ll have read I was at The Village Festival on the 12th July and then (no rest for the wicked!) it was straight off to Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival 2014.
This is the second year I’ve been the Official Photographer and it is one of my favourite jobs of the year. Not just because of the great people (the public and the authors) I meet there but the events themselves can be really interesting and often hilarious as well! Plus – an added bonus – the CrimeFest staff are a lovely bunch of people to work with and Gemma who organises everything is always on hand if anyone needs any help or advice.
For me it is also four days of running around, taking photographs, chatting to people and trying not to get in the way as I dive in front of the stage to get the photographs. Then it is at least three days editing the photographs (four this year due to the humid weather and being 29°C in the office) to get them ready to send to Harrogate International Festivals (who run the Crime Festival) and upload them to my website galleries.
This year was a bit exhausting, mainly due to the weather, but also because I had my leg in a brace as I’ve got a bit of damage in the right knee. But you don’t let a thing like that stop you, although it did raise a few eyebrows and questions about my injuries! At one of the events I had to photograph Robert Galbraith (yes… that is who you think it is), and I suddenly realised that the main character in her book has an amputated leg. A small panic from me as I didn’t want her to think I was especially wearing the leg-brace to make an association with her book! But she was very nice about it, and we chatted a bit before I took the photographs.
Harrogate was to be her only UK appearance this year and, as the official photographer, I was the only one allowed to take the photographs. Not much responsibility… *Ulp!*
Everything went well though and I got some really nice photographs of JK Rowling, which you can see in the galleries (link below). Another high point was Lynda La Plante, winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, talking to Callum Sutherland (Vice President of the Forensic Science Society). Lynda was on fantastic form, running about the stage, telling stories and making everyone laugh.
And of course, you can’t go to the Crime Festival without drinking
lots of beer from Theakstons Brewery. They do sponsor the event and it would be incredibly rude not to have a pint (or three), especially if you are drinking with Simon Theakston himself! They had a lovely new ale there this year (as well as Old Peculiar) called Tour de Wot? which according to Jonathan Manby people keep pronouncing with a French accent!
Anyway, if you want to see all the photographs, they are now live and can be found via the Galleries link on the menu above or via this link:
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival 2014 Photographs
To whet your appetite first though… here are a few of my favourites…