April’s favourite Leeds Guide images

As you may know, I share the duties with a fellow wedding photographer Tom Arber photographing features for the Leeds Guide Magazine.  Every month we get a brief to photograph people, food, products, buildings inside and out & a hell of a lot more besides.  One minute you’re trying to get a documentary photograph of a struggling newsagent, and the next you’re trying to figure out how to make a curry look more photographically appetising than a bowl of poo.  Then you’re photographing someone’s city centre flat, soon followed by a fashion shoot of a usually inexprienced model in her favourite outfit.   It’s great fun and keeps our photographic skills sharp.

This issue was a feature on Leeds Music scene, a vibrant field in which I love to photograph anyway, so I put forward one of the textured shots I took of Dan Wilde playing at my Sunday Service acoustic night, at Verve Bar.  Check his myspace cos he’s amazing!

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

I bounced all over photographing politicians, the unemployed and entrepreneurs for a feature on how the recession is hitting Leeds.  Two photo’s that caught my eye were this one of a newsagent…

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

And this one of a closed store on Leeds high street that I just happened to be passing.  I like the way both these images tell a story.

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

Another shot I caught on Briggate, Leeds’ main high street, was this one, outside someone’s flat.  It was the taken on a tasty new16-35mm  lens I recently bought.  I love how it distorts things.

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

I also had two products to shoot – a cocktail at Boutique Bar on Hirsts Yard…© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

And later I was given two bottles of Ocho Tequila for a Boozeflash Feature.  It’s times like these where you’re wandering the streets with two reasonably unexciting items where you have to get creative.  I ended up dropping into Oporto’s Bar on Call Lane while they were setting up and they gave me a lime and let me shoot on their bartop!  Happy days.

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

To wrap up I had a My Favourite Outfit feature with a lovely lady from D-Store in Leeds.  She got all dolled up in her fave threads but wasn’t best keen on having her photo taken.  I chatted her through like I’d do during a pre-wedding practice shoot, but condensed into 10 minutes and got this!

© Barnaby Aldrick [Not to be reproduced without permission]

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life indeed.