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Our photographers have managed to capture some incredible images over the years, and 2017 was no different. We asked Carl Chambers to share his three favourites of the year just gone. Over to you Carl…

“Hannah Reid of London Grammar has a beautiful, emotionally charged voice. The band formed at Nottingham University in 2009 and then 3 years later, on completion of their studies, moved to London to pursue a career in music. The band’s most recent album ‘Truth is a Beautiful Thing’, released in June 2017, reached number one.
The photo, taken at the City Hall, was tricky to get because on that occasion we were restricted to shooting from the side aisles only, which was quite a distance from the stage, so any variation was going to be difficult from that position. I had to make the most of the only angle I had so waited patiently, with my eye constantly pressed against the viewfinder and finger poised over the shutter button, for the moment when Hannah’s facial expression and fellow band member Dominic ‘Dot’ Major, out of focus in the background, were juxtaposed in one pleasing shot.
I like this particular photo because it was one I didn’t think I’d get that night, and I was quite chuffed with the end result.” 

“J. Willgoose Esq, Wrigglesworth and J F Abraham make up Public Service Broadcasting, a modern band with a retro backdrop to their extraordinary stage presentation.
I took this low angle shot of J.Willgoose behind his busy keyboard set up with guitar in hand at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle. I like it because it has the look and feel of the old films and archive footage that personify the band.
I made the photo partial black & white and added a touch of grain using a high ISO setting to aid the retro look.”

“This photo of James‘ lead singer Tim Booth is a particular favourite I took at Times Square in Newcastle during the Summer. Apart from being a pleasing pic, for me it also sums up the journey that he and the band have been on since the beginning, way back in 1982.
Very big during the 1990’s, the band eventually split and had a long hiatus before reuniting in 2007. They were and still are great to see live, and regarded as being one of the most influential pioneering bands of the Manchester music scene, in previous year’s having the likes of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays as support.”

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