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For the Love of Leeds

‘For The Love of Leeds’ is a creative and celebratory photographic essay that will document the explosion of sport and culture hitting the city this year. As important as these major international events are, the impact upon the communities in and around these events is equally important. How they inspire and create enthusiasm and passion in every day lives. The focus will also be on the cultural diversity of the city, its communities and its reputation for being a Northern powerhouse and perhaps the fastest growing city in the country.

I am truly excited about this project, and to be working with Leeds City Council to really showcase Leeds in a unique way.

The world’s eyes will be upon Leeds from many different perspectives this year, with world sport and the celebration of culture at the heart of this year in a way never seen before, with a plethora of truly exciting events.

This project will capture them all in a book to be published at the end of the year and it will be called ‘For the Love of Leeds’. We called it this because I felt it really encapsulates what this project is about.

The year of 2019 really is the perfect storm, an explosion of sporting and cultural events all being proudly hosted and happening in Leeds in an unprecedented concentrated way. I have been given access to a whole variety of events such as Tour De Yorkshire, UCI World Cycling Championships, Northern Ballet, Leeds Pride, World Cricket at Headingly, British Triathlon, Leeds International Film Festival just to name a few of the events Leeds is hosting and showcasing. The imagery is focused on behind the scenes and it will shine a light on work that is going on within many organizations in Leeds that perhaps doesn’t normally share the spotlight alongside big performances and events.

A couple of years ago I documented the sport of Triathlon in Leeds and one of the questions driving that project was ‘how does Leeds keep producing these amazing athletes?’ And in a way this project is asking the same question but from a much broader perspective.

‘For The love of Leeds’ is a project which will capture the synergy and impact world renowned events has on the city and the direct impact these events have upon its communities in terms of their passion, support and commitment to this amazing city.

All the cultural diversity is so rich in Leeds and I want this project to be a platform to highlight the communities, the people and the love that people have for this Northern giant which continues to surprise and define what a city should be to all those that live here.