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October 26th, 2017

Jephsons Glasshouse, Leamington Spa, 2017.

August 2nd, 2017

Post Race, London-Surrey Classic 2017

August 1st, 2017

Post Race, London-Surrey Classic 2017

July 31st, 2017

London-Surrey Classic 2017

A series of images shot between Richmond Park and The Mall in London during the London-Surrey Classic

I absolutely love to watch cycling from the road side. People often ask “isn’t it a bit boring, I mean you only see the riders for seconds?” I love the waiting, the build up. The excitement of trying to capture some decent shots at speed. The elation when you manage to capture a legend of the sport as they fly past (in this case André Greipel).

Also, I like the planning. Picking two or more spots on the race route and creating my own challenge of getting to each location before the speeding peloton. This all culminates in the aftermath, the quieter moments. The crowds leaving and a few people roaming for autographs and bidons, mechanics and soigneurs busily going about their post race business. There is always a lot to see and capture, not just people on bikes.

June 30th, 2017

North Wales Views, June 2017.

June 16th, 2017

A selection of images taken during stage 4 of The Women’s Tour 2017.

May 17th, 2017

Over the last three months I’ve been working closely with a local dress maker to create images for her blog and also forthcoming promotional campaigns. Working with Julia at Bobbins and Buttons in Leicester has been great fun and a good opportunity to create work in a very different environment to my usual commercial work. Julia came to the shoots with a very clear idea of the results that she wanted and I’m really pleased I’ve been able to make images she is happy to use to detail her own creations.

It’s also been good to get an insight into the creative process behind the making of clothing and to talk with Julia about her own creative approaches. It’s always really inspiring to work with people in other creative disciplines and just goes to prove that inspiration can come from the places you least expect.

For more of my commercial imagery visit LeiversPhotography.co.uk

May 17th, 2016

Leicester City Football Club Parade, May 2016.

May 16th, 2016

Silverstone, September 2015.

April 25th, 2016

Emerge Festival 2016


The 23rd of April was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To coincide with this the Emerge Festival, funded by The Mighty Creatives, aimed to deliver arts activities in conjunction with schools, organisations and arts practitioners that would both celebrate and engage with the life and work of arguably the worlds most famous playwright.

For the last year I have been a volunteer committee member at my local football club, Oadby Town FC. During my time with the club so far I have been responsible for developing a community media team within the club to help create content for our website and social media platforms. As part of this I’ve begun looking at ways we can engage with the public so that they see the club as more than a place where football matches take place.

The project I ran at Oadby Town was a photographic project in which the participants had to produce images taken during a Saturday matchday at the club. The images taken were then selected and coupled with suitable Shakespeare quotes in order to show that Shakespeare can still be relevant in modern day life, and also that his texts can be applied to new contexts that wouldn’t necessarily be considered the norm.

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The group had basic photographic abilities to start with but after a little instruction in camera use they really threw themselves into the activity and produced some excellent images in what was a very small time frame. Alongside the image making four of the participants completed Arts Award Discover portfolios which enabled them to research artists and also share their work with each other before choosing their final images and the corresponding Shakespeare quotations.

The images and quotes were then uploaded to a blog for display which was then shared across the football clubs website and social media outlets gaining a large amount of attention and reach.  I felt the project was really successful and a good platform for me to try and incorporate more arts activity at the club in future months. One of the participants asked at the end of the day “are we doing things like this every week?”. It looks like I’d better get my thinking cap on!

The final images made by the group can be viewed at the blog here.

A huge thank you to the Mighty Creatives for funding the project and enabling it to go ahead.

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