“All I Want To Do Is Rock” Post 2

Twinkling lights, pretty bunting underneath a star lit sky and a canopy of tall trees, what a great place to drink beer, and of course listen to some fab bands. This year my discovery band was the excellent Slow Readers Club, from Manchester. I’d heard of them but can’t understand how I had missed them….awesome band, I had to buy the album when I got home.
My other discovery was a very different sounding band called The Blood Shake Chorus. Their appearance was very deceptive as I was very surprised to hear this amazing voice sweetly being belted out from a Gothic horror dressed vocalist. Classics such as ‘Delilah’ and ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ had the audience swaying and joining in. You have to see them to really appreciate it, must see them again.

My consistent faves Doves and Dreadzone to my delight were playing the main stage, and both didn’t disappoint (they never do!). Dreadzone who I have seen many times had the audience bouncing and skanking, from the front of the stage to far as the eye could see. (Love this band)

I was so excited to be seeing Doves again after their reform, and their albums have stayed on my phone for years. They sounded just as brilliant as ever but the only downer was the set was too short ending too soon and darkness would have made it more atmospheric. Other highlights included The Cult, The Skids, Suede and the Easy All Stars doing Dark Side Of The Moon and another new band called the Urban Cowboys.

Thanks Bearded Theory, looking forward to next year.


The Woodland

Slow Readers Club – Aaron Starkie

Slow Readers Club – Kurtis Starkie

Blood Shake Chorus

Dreadzone – Mc Spee

Dreadzone – E-zee-kill

This is Dreadzone remembering Loki Dread who sadly passed earlier in the year

Doves  Jimi Goodwin


Doves guitarist Jez Williams

Suede Brett Anderson

The Skids

Urban Cowboys

Easy All Stars



I Spy a Beautiful Bearded Theory 2018

Holiday time ……yes back to getting stuck in with my camera and writing some well overdue blog posts. In May I was fortunate to go to the amazing Bearded Theory Musical Festival with great friends, experiencing new exciting bands alongside legends Robert Plant and Jimmy Cliff to name a few.

Not only that but it was mainly sunny and I experimented using my Nikon 50mm lens, which proved to be great for not only portraits but capturing bands on both the the big and small stages. I wasn’t sure which lens to take but decided that the 50mm lens should be okay and it was definitely the lightest option to carry around everywhere.

I had a beautiful Bearded Theory and and managed to capture some wonderful people and amazing bands enjoying themselves……..I hope you like these images and also check out Bearded Theory for yourself next year.

I Want to Ride my Bicycle

Rhino and the Ranters

That Hat

Jimmy Cliff

Light Footed

Lady Cool

Dance Dance

I can Sing a Rainbow

Where did you get that Hat?

Robert Plant

Night Light



“Colour Is A Power Which Directly Influences The Soul” Wassily Kandinsky

I have always loved the colour blue with its different tones and shades. It inspires me, makes me happy, thoughtful and calm…..unless when worn by a certain football team now being managed by the amazing Pep Guardiola…anyway back to art and photography,  (but Pep is an art lover).

I recently read a wonderful book by Will Gompertz called ‘What Are You Looking At ? 150 Years Of Modern Art In The Blink Of An Eye’ and was inspired by a chapter about Der Blaue Reiter group of artists. This inspired me to take a series of abstract photographs focussing  on the colour blue, but first a bit of background.

These 20th century abstract Artists included Franz Mark, August Macke, Schoenberg but it was Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky who were the most influential.

Kandinsky believed; “..colours have powers that influence the soul-colour is the keyboard,the eyes are the hammers, the soul is is the piano with many strings.The Artist is the hand that plays, touching one key ore another to course vibrations in the soul “  Kandinsky Concerning The Spirutual In Art.

While listening to a score of music by Schoenberg at the Bolshi Theatre in Moscow, Kandinsky saw different colours, and it was that experience which led to his radical theories about abstract art. This new concept was called Orphism named after the Greek poet and musician.Kandinsky became motivated to create abstract art which could evoke different emotions and the imagination like that of  instrumental music .










Houses of Murnau -Kandinsky 1909









Improvisation 4 1909 – Kandinsky










Composition VII 1913 – Kandinsky










Study, Squares with Concentric Circles  1913- Kandinsky


Kandinsky and his fellow Artists believed that blue was a symbolic colour……

  • saturated with unique spiritual qualities
  • “synthesise” the inner nature of things
  • Feelings unconscious mind with the external world and the universe

And now my Blaue……


   Mr P’s Beautiful Blues



    Visions Of Blue






     “Oh You’ve Got Blue Eyes “



   Messed Up World


I hope these photographs have inspired you and also made you think about if or how different colours effect you, and can visual  art have the same emotional and creative impact on you as music……erm?

Further information can be found at http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/year-1913.php

What Are You Looking At ? 150Years Of Modern Art In The Blink Of An Eye – William Gompertz

Concerning The Spiritual In Art – Wassily Kandinsky










Mr P’s Beautiful Blues