2013 – Tumours, Jimmy Eat World Video and The 1975

Well the last day of 2013 started with a long drive through the Scottish Highlands  to Edinburgh for New Years Eve with The 1975…… More on that later…

The year started well enough. I lectured part time at Leek College teaching a studio lighting course, and had some great students who came to my class, thanks Sarah, Phil and Garrick just to mention a few.

Early in the year I was shooting plenty of gigs for Wireimage and having my normal banter with Jason and Steve down the front in the pit at the Birmingham shows… But in February I started to have trouble with a terrible aching in my right thigh.

When Jimmy Eat World came back in the early summer with their new album, I was given the job of shooting promo shoots for them. Ive got to tell you I love JEW not only musically but as people as well. The session went great, but every time I could, I shoot a load of video footage while I had the access ……. In November a video was put together, my first, which Im really pleased with (Thanks John Paul for the editing) Have a look here is the link

https://vimeo.com/82100521

 

I also shot plenty of book covers this year. The Craig Bellamy cover I was really proud of, but here are a couple more

I loved working with Kenny Dalglish… The day I spent in Glasgow with him Ill never, ever forget!

Keith Gillespie was a really nice guy as well. I had my first double page spreads in the Daily Mirror….. A first for me.

In July I went on tour with Robbie Williams…….. I loved every minute. Great gigs, great people around Robbie and of course an amazing performer and person Robbie Williams.

When I was in Glasgow on Robbie’s tour I fell down coming out of the shower with my right thigh, as I was in allot of pain…… I needed to sort this out.

At the beginning of August I went to see my doctor and told him of the really bad pain I had been having in my right thigh (There was also a lump deep under the skin) He sent me for physo and for the rest of Aug they tried to massage this lump out.

The pain was getting now much worse.

In Sept I was sent back to the doctor who this time sent me for a CT scan. I was then told there was a 3 and half inch tear in my deep muscle (No wonder it bloody hurt!!) BUT by the time I got home I was told to go to the doctors straight away…

I new then that there was allot more to this, and I was told it wasn’t a tear it was a tumour……. Yeah fuck those words do knock the air out of your lungs, for sure.

I was then fast tracked hospital wise with MRI scans etc…… I had amazing friends who rallied around me at this time.

I was told at Stoke that they thought it was malignant,  but Stoke could not treat me there. I had to go to Birmingham.

Cutting along story short I had an biopsy removal in Nov and faced a bit of a wait to hear the results BUT good news came when I was told I was in the all clear.

It still hurts as the tumour was on my nerve ends… But trust me it could of been allot worse. Time will heal.

Its funny the reaction when you mention at that time to people what you had, and what was happening… I suppose I told some people because I didn’t want them hearing from someone else. Some people I heard nothing at all from. I wasn’t looking for sympathy, that’s not me at all. I stayed very positive through it all. I have an amazing family and friends who helped me through it all.

Some people fell by the way side, that happens in life when you find out who your friends are.

In a twisted sense, one of the stranger things this year was shooting for Everton FC. I don’t think Ive been in a stranger situation been a Finch Farm training ground with Liverpool FC tattoo’s as well. I did love this portrait of Baines though I took for them

So to the last job of the year after many months off NYE in Edinburgh with The 1975…. (This were taken in Blackpool)

I know Ive blogged about them before but I really have had a great 2nd half of this year shooting this band. They are looking at a mega 2014 starting with 6 sold out shows in Jan which Im on. Great band. Great live. Great people. Look as cool as fuck in pictures and have the music to back it up…… More than that Ive made great friends as well. Loved every minute with them and what a way to end my year!

 

An amazing end to 2013 in the end.

It had its ups and downs for sure…….. Onwards and upwards through 2014

Tone x
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