Neil Cook Digital Photographer - One of A Kind Casting a digital eye over the city of Hull
I can't recall the first time I noticed Neil Cook's images on my newsfeed, but for the past half year I've enjoyed a steady stream of
city-views, urban landscapes and quieter, introspective photographic studies.
The city of Hull has many familiar landmarks, whether it is the iconic Humber Bridge; the jutting prow of The Deep;
the Wren-inspired domes on City Hall or the Queens Court Fountain radiating outwards.
Those views have been snapped by every passing tourist and will appear on picture postcards for years to come.
Neil (41), born and bred in Hull, walks around these very familiar places casting a digital eye, photographing them using
nothing more than a mobile phone. Back home he digitally applies different textures,
colours and effects...'I tinker with it till it looks right.' he says.
For a series of images created in and around the old town, Neil has used superimposition to create wispy, wraithlike
figures and faces in the cobbled streets and alleyways.
Neil's favourite parts of the town to frequent and photograph are the historic Fruit-market and Marina.
Periodically water features in the work, whether it is the view of the River Hull looking inward or enticing yet
treacherous tide-washed timbers of crumbling walkways and jetties.
In another series the camera device is clearly on show and is used as a frame within a frame manipulating notions of realism,
permanence and fantasy.
Neil's strongest work appears to be when he changes the image in such a way as to reflect something current,
perhaps something narrative.
I recall the image where he appeared to have encased the city in an icy frost.
It is these images that capture the viewers' imagination as many more variations come to mind.
Neil's editing techniques, the myriad ways he changes the original images from the everyday into something far
more engaging, is a closely guarded secret. He hopes one day that this knowledge will allow him to become a professional image maker.
For now, his primary concern is to get his images seen through his 'One of a Kind' Facebook group where people have been
viewing galleries of images for the past year.
The response to the work locally has been very encouraging and Neil acknowledges the support he has had from artist
collective Hull Art and ArtLink Centre for Community Arts.
Self-taught Neil has lofty ambition and a yearning to shoot the city from on high. 'I would love the opportunity to
capture the view from the rooftops of Hull College,' he says.
News, Arts Write to Speak presents Northern Elements with Kate Fox - Sunday 3rd March 2013 at Fruit
An evening of spoken word featuring a headline set from Radio 4 Saturday Live regular
Kate Fox, Write to Speak presents: Northern Elements is part of a pioneering Arts Council initiative to develop spoken word throughout the North.
Produced in conjunction with Fruit and the ARC in Stockton-on-Tees, this special show is part of a series of events that will be taking place at different venues throughout the North during March.
News, Arts New Media: Old Ideas Collide On Six Degrees of Harry Campaign By Michelle Dee
Hull based Film company One For Courage Productionsare using converging marketing techniques to raise awareness and promote their debut Short Film, Harry's Ransom.
The promotion campaign for the film is called Six Degrees of Harryand uses real life and online connectivity to generate interest
in the new work scheduled for release in Spring 2013.
News, Arts Lucy Beaumont Wins Top Comedy Award By Michelle Dee
Lucy Beaumont from Hull has won BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2012: the nationwide search to find the best new stand-up comedy talent in the UK.
The heats for the annual competition were held in venues across the country between August and October 2012. Lucy Beaumont made it all the way to the finals
held at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
News, Arts - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations at The Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012 - 23rd June 2012 to 7th July 2012
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak in association with Hull City Council, Hull Truck, Fruit and thisisUll.com present:
Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations is a series of spoken word events and workshops that will take
place between 23rd June and 7th July at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012.
Featuring performances from punk poetry pioneer, John Cooper Clarke, American bard of the factory
worker, Fred VossRead more...
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations Performance Poetry Workshops
Calling all poets...
Would you like to take part in a bold series of poetry events as part of the Humber Mouth Literature festival?
Would you like the opportunity to perform your work at Hull Truck?
Would you like the opportunity to see your work published?
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak present: Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations,
an ambitious poetry initiative to encourage a new generation of spoken word talent.
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Tuesday 26 June - Dreadlockalien School Slam Workshop at Hull Truck Inter@ct
As part of The Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations
invites local primary schools to attend the Dreadlockalien School Slam Workshop at Hull Truck Inter@ct
.We are seeking to engage with groups of Year 5 pupils, along with a teacher from each participating school.
A special one-off event designed to introduce Hull schools to slam poetry in education, and delivered by
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Monday 2 July - Ross Sutherland 'The Three Stigmata of Pacman' at Fruit
As part of The Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations presents presents
'The Three Stigmata of Pacman' with Ross Sutherland.
A true story about time travel.
Ross Sutherland's job is to predict the future. Working for a well-known national newspaper, Ross spends his days surrounded by people speculating
on Britain's imminent collapse. As far as his office is concerned, The Future is already written