. Supersonic

Supersonic was a new event for charity, Manchester Pride. The red carpet was rolled out for this auction and dinner held at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport, and it really was a spectacular and unusual setting. It’s not every day I get to photograph onboard Concorde and wear the pilot’s cap! Headlining act was an energetic set from The Feeling, with support from local lass Ren Harvieu, who also sang an amazing and highly appropriate version of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Deeper Love’ from the steps of Concorde with the Manchester Airport Choir. A new patron for Manchester Pride was announced as Alicya Eyo, who is best known for her roles in ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Bad Girls’, and she gave a very warm and heartfelt speech. Even David Gest put in an appearance, chatting with ‘Hollyoaks’ star Nicole Barber-Lane and Manchester Evening News’ Dianne Bourne. Items auctioned off included Manchester United and Manchester City signed merchandise, ‘Emmerdale’ signed scripts, champagne dinners and VIP tickets to this year’s Manchester Pride festival. The image which seems to have attracted the most press from the evening is the moment when The Feeling’s singer, Dan Gillespie-Sells, seemed to forget that he was performing underneath Concorde. He enthusiastically climbed on top of the drum kit before launching himself into the air… banging his head on Concorde in the process. No pop stars were injured in the taking of this photograph and it was a brilliant moment, in a fantastic evening. He’s a selection of my favourites…

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. Lfest 2012

I’ve been having a bit of a recap and here’s something I never got around to sharing last year, and since tickets are now on sale for this year’s bigger and better event, it seemed rude not to post. It was my first time at Lfest and I found it to be a lovely, friendly festival with a really good vibe and I’m looking forward to photographing for them again this year. Here’s a link to the festival website if you’d like further details…
http://www.lfest.co.uk

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. Dawn Kilner Photography . Facebook Page

Hello all.

I’d like to introduce my new ‘Dawn Kilner Photography’ Facebook page to you. It’s still in it’s early stages but contains a bit of something for everyone, and I do plan to add some slightly different images on there so keep your eyes peeled, and if you ‘like’ it just hit the button down to the right.

You can also follow me on Twitter as ‘dawnkilner’ and I am in the process of updating my website to include gleaming new wedding and music images, amongst other things. So, apologies for the quiet… I’m hard at work!!

. Second Hand Wings . The Cavern . Liverpool

Here’s a band that I know I talk about a lot, but I think they’re brilliant and deserve success. Their sound grows and evolves each time I hear them and I can’t wait for their new EP, which is due for release shortly. You can see them at the IPO Festival in Liverpool where they’ll be playing at THE CAVERN on Saturday 19th May at 4.30pm and then again on Monday 21st May at 9.30pm.

Here’s a little taster from a recent band promo shoot we did recently. More to follow.

. Bruno Langley & The Wonderland Band

Today I had the very great pleasure of shooting promo shots for Bruno Langley’s new website. I’ve photographed Bruno and his Wonderland Band a few times before and they are regulars to the jazz scene in and around Manchester. Mixing old classics with retakes on newer songs, they really do provide something for everyone.

It was a really fun day out and these gents kept me giggling all day long. There’s an apparent friendship running between them which is often visable with musicians who rely on their instincts to know where the others are heading with a song.

We attracted a bit of attention shooting around Manchester’s Castlefields, though not as much as the Roman Gladiator (and palm tree?!) featuring in a student film nearby. Here’s a sneaky peek, more to follow shortly…

. ‘FIRST LOVE’ EXHIBITION

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I am delighted to announce my new exhibition ‘First Love’ which coincides with Jonathan Harvey’s play ‘Beautiful Thing’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. 2 November 2011 – 5 December 2011. Mezzanine Gallery. Free admission.

A contemporary snapshot of Manchester’s LGBT community in the year 2011. Observant, touching and celebratory, the exhibition sets out to capture some of the emotions experienced through FIRST LOVE – excitement, awakening and sometimes even loss.

“Her work speaks for itself -striking, subtle and with depth.” Jackie Crozier. Festival Director, Manchester Pride.

Working on this exhibition has been a wonderful experience for me and I have met so many generous and kind people along the way, from the dedicated staff and volunteers at Manchester Pride to the enthusiastic and inspiring staff at the Royal Exchange, but perhaps most of all, to the very humbling people of Manchester, many of whom I met whilst out and about with my camera. Their energy and warmth kept me going. So, if you’re reading this, thank you all!