Awww looking back on this little project today as it’s 5 years old this weekend. This was such an important bit of work for both me and my career as silly as that seems. Until this point I’d just been shooting music and festivals and not much else. I got a lot out of the music industry, made so many friends, amazing travels and adventures but it is also an incredibly inwardly facing business. When I went to shoot Nerdfest in Nottingham in 2013 I realised that I didn’t really care about the music side so much, I just wanted to shoot people that were characters and that I could connect with. I was fed up with the relentless stream of self important spoiled bands and the whole cult of celebrity and moreover people who can only define their own self worth by which celebrities they can hang around with. I loved everything about this day and connected with so many people. I feel like I know everyone in these pictures like old friends even though I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to a single one of them since. After shooting this I started to break away from music and I just started to shoot whatever the hell I wanted, anything and everything bright and colourful. I finally started to do things my own way and have never really looked back. This weekend I’m going back to the now renamed @nottinghamcomiccon with my wife and 9 month old son to take some more pics and meet some more people and start what I’m sure will be our new little family tradition. .
After many hours and a lot more mistakes my Hawkeye cosplay is mostly complete but it was totally ready to wear! And of course, a con is not complete without bad photos of the panels. Chris Evans, Lee Pace, Karen Gillian, and Matt Smith were amazing!!! The only thing that would have made the con even better was if my partner in crime was able to go. Luckily we are going to Walker Stalker in a couple weeks! #acecomiccon#hawkeye#cosplay#comiccons#mybankaccounthatesme