Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins is an extremely talented 21 year old photographer & dance artist based in Leeds.

So tell me a bit about yourself…

I have spent the past 3 years training professionally at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where I gained a first class honours degree and a place in VERVE, a postgraduate performance touring company.

Explain the concepts and values of your work…

I am currently dancing with VERVE touring the UK and internationally. Alongside my dancing, I am a keen self-taught photographer. I started photography in my teens and now I work focusing on fusing my passion for movement into my work as a photographer.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired most by people; the way they move and hold themselves as individuals. I take inspiration from my surroundings and the notion of improvisation, not planning and over thinking my art.

What’s your biggest achievement?

In 2013, I undertook a year long project, Project 365, where I took and uploaded an image every day of the year; to challenge myself, to grow, to learn new things and establish a strong aesthetic of my work that represents a part of me in my current stage of life.

If you’re a fan of Josh’s work, keep up to date with his latest photos on his Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Just Handshakes

JUST HANDSHAKES emerged out of the Leeds University music scene and the band has been picking up pace with each of their releases. Despite the bands wide-ranging musical influences there is a all-around love of C86 which coems thorugh in their material.’

London Bound’, the first single from their debut album ‘Say It’ which was released on the California-based label ‘Bleeding Gold’, sees the band shelve their previously rosy sound for a “darker and more angular approach”.

Early taste-makers such as Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe have picked up on this special band and given them airplay. And with support slots with acts such as The Mystery Jets, Pete and the irates, The Shout Out Louds and Still Corners, a larger stage beckons for JUST HANDSHAKES.