The Long Lens blog: Photography with added snaps, art and culture

The photography site for sore eyes. Featuring: Art, photography, performance and theatre. With extra writing because I'm also a writer.

Why you need to go to an event.

[Unedited first version] Why you need to go to an event. Why everyone needs to attend events. I’m writing this from the perspective of a parent and a fan of … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHS: Light Up Lancaster (November 2017)

Light Up Lancaster was over two nights (Fri, Nov 3 and Sat, Nov 4, 2017). I’ve been to the last three festivals. This one in 2017 was a return to … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: The Chit Chat Chalk Show

The Chit Chat Chalk Show You know you’re about to experience something different when the audience sits on the floor, with the theatre’s seats left empty. The Chit Chat Chalk … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bernard Sumner versus Danger Mouse (The story of Joy Division, New Order and a David Jason-voiced cartoon character, part of the Cosgrove Hall Films exhibition at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, Manchester)

Cosgrove Hall Films exhibition is on at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, until Feb 17, 2018. It’s difficult to know who has had a bigger influence on popular culture – Bernard … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

SHOW PREVIEW: The Birth of Death by Joanne Tremarco

SHOW PREVIEW: The Birth of Death by Joanne Tremarco at The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University (Weds, Nov 1, 2017). It’s usually the hardest subjects to discuss which produce the … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

ADVISORY: Performances contain graphic content and nudity (FK vs. KT and STRANGE LOOP)

When I’m trying to explain to people why I like live art performance, or why they should try it, I usually refer to Frances Kay whose show Sorry – the … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment


[Unedited version] A selfie is a self-portrait photograph. We all know this. The word has entered our popular culture – and possibly every culture’s popular culture – to become as … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment