Over the last couple of days I've been reflecting on my photos over the last 12 months. And I thought you, dear reader, wouldn't be adverse to a peruse too. So in no particular order, here are my top 5 photos of 2013 (click on the images for larger versions).
Roker's Red Sky in the Morning
Taken on 23rd December, I caught this just before the clouds came over to completely block out the sunrise. It then rained all day. Which was nice.
Face in the Crowd
If ever an expression could capture a situation, this is it. He wouldn't have known it at the time, but this Sunderland fan was about to watch his team lose 3-1 at Selhurst Park. And things didn't get much better from there...
South Shields at Night
This red beacon sits at the mouth of the Tyne at South Shields. The sun had long set, but an exposure of 70 seconds made the photo look like it was taken at dawn.
The Three Phases of a Drummer
Back in September American singer Eleanor Friedberger picked some of the top talent from the North East music scene to join her on a tour. I went to photograph them at Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush. During the gig I noticed how expressive Neil Bassett, the drummer (The Golden Virgins, Hyde and the Beast) was, so I decided to try and capture just some of his impressive range of facial expressions. It wasn't until much later that I learned that Neil had a bad blister on one of his hands, and playing was quite painful. Sorry to hear that Neil, but it made for some great photos.
The Shard, Europe's tallest building, is omnipresent across London. This bright sunny day presented the two extremes of the capital city. The Shard, a symbol of wealth, and the commuters crossing London Bridge to their high paid jobs in the City, bask in the sun's rays. Meanwhile a homeless man sits in the shadows of both the day and of society.
As you probably know, I also do a bit of design. This has proven quite popular this year...
That's what 2013 had to show for itself. If you want to compare them to 2012 have a look at last year's entry.