Category Archives: Event Photography

Event photography by Stuart Coleman.

Live performance photographs: 2013 Diggle Blues Festival

live performance photographs - diggle blues 2013Live performance photographs of blues musicians playing at the 2013 Diggle Blues Festival.

16/6/13

The festival takes place annually in June and dominates the village of Diggle in Saddleworth for four days. Musicians and fans travel from all over Britain to take part in the festival.

Photographing live music is constantly challenging. Low light, packed venues and unpredictable performances test my camera and ability to the limit. That said, the biggest distraction, for me, is always the music…I enjoy it too much.

The main venues for the festival are: The Hanging Gate; The Diggle Band Club; Kilngreen Hall and the Diggle Hotel. Peformers included: Victor Brox, Paddy O’Hare, Mike Sweeney, Bluzebox, Mike Parker, Big Joe Bone, Babajack and Arthur Cale. The event is organised by Dave Wood and associates.

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Photography – Diggle Primary School Village Fete – Stuart Coleman Photography

Photography - Diggle Primary School Village FetePhotography at Diggle Primary School Village Fete – June 2013

Every year I go down and photograph the Diggle Primary School village fete. It’s a big event  and has, over the years, established itself on Diggle’s event calendar. Organised by volunteers, made up of parents, teachers, pupils and local residents, it raises over a thousand pounds plus for the school to use on pupil activities and resources. For the volunteers it’s a challenge and can get testing and frenetic but, no matter what happens e.g. bad weather, broken kit etc., they always pull it off.

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Diggle School Fete

Diggle School Fete

1/07/12

Diggle Primary School, Diggle, Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester

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Saddleworth Show

Saddleworth Show

10/06/12

Uppermill. Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester

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Arrival of the Olympic Torch in Oldham

Arrival of the Olympic Torch in Oldham

24/06/12

Ashton road, Oldham, Greater Manchester

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Jubilee Celebrations: Diggle

Jubilee Celebrations
3/6/12
Diggle, Saddleworth, England

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Whit Friday Contest: Saddleworth

Whit Friday Contest
1/6/12
Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester

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Event Photography: Oldham Motor Company

Event photography for Oldham Motor Company
6/12/11
White Hart, Oldham, Greater Manchester, N.W. England

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Commercial photography: Oldham Motor Company

Commercial photograph for Oldham Motor Company
26/11/11
Oldham, Greater Manchester, N.W. England

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200 Years and still legging it

During the weekend of the 2nd April 2011 I agreed to photograph the bicentenary of the Standedge Tunnel which links Diggle to Marsden travelling for 16,499 ft and 600 ft beneath the Pennine Moors. Dressed in period costume (not Gortex) we guided three boats, Maria, Elland and Vixen under the watchful eye of Sue Day (Chairperson of the Horseboat Society) through the tunnel. I’ve always wanted to take this trip so this for me was an opportunity not to miss and to travel in this traditional way at such a significant time just put the icing on the cake.  To see photographs of this event click here.

Nikon say the D3s copes well in low light and is well sealed against the elements. Well Nikon need to consider the Standedge Tunnel as a testing ground for their equipment. When I take photographs, I always try to remain relaxed and focused but when you introduce zero visibility, dirty hands and water pouring from above and the need to make your contribution to legging a narrowboat through three miles of little used tunnel the photography and the equipment can become slightly sidelined. Add to this the exacting demands of a narrowboat captain and their equal desire to protect their vessel from being smashed against the sides of the tunnel you have a fairly pressured scenario.

This was a fabulous experience which left me with real sense of history. Three days of hard work in cold and damp conditions ended with the sounds of the Diggle Brass Band playing Rule Brittania. I think I may have even doffed my cap to some local dignitary.

To learn more about the history of the tunnel and the canal click here.

 

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