Is there any admission that bares the soul of a human being more than their first choice of vinyl? This cult rite of passage will form one of the centrepieces of the upcoming international Photo North Festival, taking place this November at Harrogate’s famous convention centre.
Dean Belcher, one of the UK’s most enigmatic and creative portrait specialists, who has captured adventurers, explorers, musicians and now us, is bringing his 33, 33 RPM exhibition to the festival. He will also offer a limited number of portrait sessions for festival attendees with a unique "my first vinyl" story.
"We’re long-time residents of Harrogate and ran White Cloth Gallery in Leeds in its heyday, so we knew from the off we needed to bring so much more than static displays of images if we’re going to satisfy people’s appetites," says Curator of Photo North, Sharon Price. "So we have three full days crammed with uniquely stimulating cultural experiences, fine food and drink and a multitude of ways to bring people and photography closer together."
Pop along to Photo North Festival and be immortalised by Dean with your first vinyl purchase, or simply have you or your family portrait taken by an industry legend. My First Vinyl portrait is 45 mins per session and is available from 9 until 11 November for £45 per person. Find out more: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk. In the meantime, enjoy browsing some of Dean's recent "My First Vinyl" portraits below.
What was your first vinyl? Mine was a seven inch single: Mel & Kim's Respectable.