Whitby Krampus 2018

Participants take part in the annual Whitby Krampus on December 1, 2018 in Whitby, England.

The Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure from Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore who during the Christmas season punished children who had misbehaved.

The event held in Whitby helps to raise money for the Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary charity.

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York Christmas Trees

The annual Christmas Tree Harvest takes place at York Christmas Trees on November 30, 2018 in York, England. It was all hands on deck as trees were cut, netted and stacked onto pallets before being sent out to wholesalers in lorries or taken to the farm shop to be ready for sale as people begin their Christmas preparations.

This family run business has over 25 years experience of growing and selling Christmas trees and have three generations of family involved during the Christmas season.

Trees available include Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Fraser Fir and range from between two and twenty foot.

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Castle Howard Christmas

Final preparations were made to the traditional Christmas decoration event at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire this week.

Design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked alongside a team to produce a ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ themed event featuring flamboyant displays and installations throughout the stately home.

The display runs until New Years Eve.

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Whitby Goth Weekend

So this weekend I’ve been out and about shooting at the Goth weekend in Whitby on assignment for Getty Images …as always it’s a challenge to try and get something new or at least a little different and with bad weather on the Saturday it didn’t make it any easier but here’s a few from the weekend…

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NYMR Wartime Weekend

A very wet Sunday didn’t seem to dampen the spirits too much of those who went along to take part in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wartime Weekend this year.

Wartime re-enactors or those with a nostalgic connection to that era dress in period clothing or uniforms and travel the historic steam line between the stations of Grosmont, Goathland, Levisham and Pickering as they immerse themselves in the music, the clothing and World War Two for the weekend…

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Conservative Party Conference 2018

For five days last week I was down in Birmingham at the International Convention Centre covering the annual Conservative Party Conference. The days are long and it’s a hard and challenging few days shooting pictures that will hopefully give a good overview on the conference.

Along with trying to get pictures of the main political players as they are ushered through the venue with various levels of security and PR handlers as they attend TV interviews or meetings you also need to keep an eye on other things that are taking place. Fringe meetings, key arrivals, well known visitors who might be attending or just general scenes of the place and the people that will all add to the broader coverage of the event.

Then of course you have the conference speeches. They are challenging enough as it is with generally bad lighting photographically speaking, but then add in restrictions on where you can and can’t go which are always highlighted on the floor of the main auditorium by white tape. Then you add the fact you have to keep low to avoid blocking the view of the audience  so you spend much of the time crawling and crouching around on your knees in front of the stage as you carry all your camera gear. At the same time you’re also trying to move into a position that might make a good angle and work the whole conference hall so you get pictures from as many different angles and distances from stage as possible then it all becomes even more challenging. Especially when there are 40-50 other photographers and video cameramen all trying to do the same at key speeches.

It can be both rewarding and frustrating in equal measures. Sometimes you find a good spot and all the factors come together. A good position, good angle, decent animation from the subject, eye-line, a clear view, right lens choice and it’ll work. Often times some of those variables don’t come together and the shoot isn’t as good or indeed it’s just a crap picture.

Sometimes…you get lucky and things work out. Or they don’t. But you keep cracking on anyway.

But despite the challenges, despite the aching knees from crawling about on the carpet down in front of the main stage or the aching shoulders from carrying all the kit, despite surviving most of the days on coffee and an occasional quick bite. Despite spending half the time on the conference floor sweating your arse off I still quite enjoy it – from a photographic and obviously twisted stand point anyway.

When you can get a good picture then of course you’re happy. It something gets published then that’s good too although often times you think you have a good picture and then see how someone else covered the same event and then you basically swear at yourself a lot, wonder why you didn’t think of that particular angle or that particular way of doing it, swear a bit more, drink some coffee and then wander off, swearing at yourself some more, and try and do better with what comes next.

So as conference season comes to a close (you can see my Labour Conference coverage HERE ) here are a few from the trip down to Birmingham…

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