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MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF MYSELF

The last couple of weeks have been crazily busy but I said I would put something up about my Gosh exhibition, which opens today. It’s a selection of 16 images taken over the last few years of subjects like Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, Grant Morrison and more. As well as seeing the photos in a huge format up on the walls at Gosh, you can also pick up a book to commemorate the exhibition, Portraits, which retails at £9.99. And prints are available of all 15 shots. If you go to Gosh, you can leave your name and details on a sign up sheet. So here’s four shots that will be up there and the book cover…
So feel free to pop by tonight, 10th March, or if you can’t make it, it’ll be on until 29th March.

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TIME FLYING
Coming up in the next few days is my customary look back at 2010 and look forward to 2010 but before that, I just wanted to talk about something else. It is a cliche that time seems to move faster as you get a little older but it certainly seems to be true. Over the last couple of days, I have been hunting for a photo I took of Alan Moore quite a while ago for someone else to use in a book project and, as a result, I’ve been going through some CDs that include backed-up pages from old TRIPWIREs, photos and images that date from some period over the past decade. They have proven to be an amazing treasure trove of material, reminding me of trips, holidays and work past. I even found the issue of TRIPWIRE that we completed in July 2003 but never published (it exists in its entirety as a .pdf) and it’s been interesting to take a look back. Also in terms of my photography, I did have a camera on trips during that period but it was only my compact. So it’s very intriguing to see how I’ve improved as a photographer. So here’s a photo I took of Moore in Northampton back in 2000 and some shots from a week away in Ireland in May 2005…









MAGIC MOMENTS
On Tuesday night, I went to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century interview at the ICA, hosted by Christopher Frayling who interviewed Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Part of Paul Gravett’s Comica series of events, cultural historian Frayling made an excellent interviewer as some talks and interviews I’ve seen with Moore have been overly fawning but he asked intelligent and balanced questions. Moore and O’Neill came across pretty well and they seem to have a good chemistry. The room was packed and we discovered certain things that I was unaware of, like the fact that Alan Moore is a big fan of the film Performance (a film that my cousin Stanley Meadows has a small but pivotal part in) and we discovered that he is doing new Bojeffries comics with Steve Parkhouse. There was a signing afterwards which was busy but the queue wasn’t as huge as it was at the Gosh signing Moore did back in April this year. There’s always something interesting in Comica’s raft of events and the series has become a valuable addition to the London comic-related calendar. I took quite a few photos at the event, so here’s a selection of the ones that worked…
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MOORE OR LESS?
Today Gosh held a Lost Girls signing. Now available in the UK two years after its release in the States, Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie were scheduled to sign at the London shop. But sadly Melinda was taken ill and so it was just Alan. Moore hasn’t signed at a UK comic shop in about 20 years so it attracted a queue in the hundreds. I went along to take some new photos of Alan and get a quote off him for the Michael Moorcock feature for the TRIPWIRE Annual. I bumped into Dez Vylenz, who made the Mindscape of Alan Moore documentary which was a pleasant surprise as well as a few other people I hadn’t seen in a while like Barry, who used to be manager of Gosh who left it a few years ago.
So here are some photos of the signing, the queue that snaked around outside and the man himself…