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August selection

Here’s a selection of my work from August, starting off with a few portraits.

Clock View Hospital is a centre on Merseyside that helps people with a variety of mental health issues. “Peer Support Workers” like Anna, pictured, are volunteers who use their own experience to provide support for those who need it.

© Joel Goodman . 04/08/2015 . Merseyside , UK . Peer Support Worker ANNA WIX on the Morris Ward of Clock View Hospital in Huyton , Merseyside . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 04/08/2015 . Merseyside , UK . Peer Support Worker ANNA on the Morris Ward of Clock View Hospital in Huyton , Merseyside . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 15/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . HASSAN HANIF (21) , shisha bar manager , demonstrating the hookah pipe . Launch of shisha terrace at Indian restaurant , Scene , at Leftbank in Spinningfields , Central Manchester . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 15/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . HASSAN HANIF (21) , shisha bar manager , demonstrating the hookah pipe . Launch of shisha terrace at Indian restaurant , Scene , at Leftbank in Spinningfields , Central Manchester . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman .  25/08/2015 . Merseyside , UK . DENIS CULLEN , Director of Social Care at Mersey Care . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 25/08/2015 . Merseyside , UK . DENIS CULLEN , Director of Social Care at Mersey Care . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

I think the writers thought it odd I’d want to take the photo of Denis (above) on his patch at the crack of dawn, rather than at a more civilised hour, but it was worth getting the timing right for the best light at the location. The broken morning clouds were pure luck and really add atmosphere. I ended up pushing my ATOM360 lights to 100% power and my variable ND filter to about 8 stops to get the effect I wanted.

August is also a month of music festivals. In previous years I’ve covered Latitude in Sussex. This year my work took me further north, to 1980s revival weekend “Rewind” at Capesthorne Hall. It’s a welcome antidote to the mud and madness of larger events – and it’s hard not to sing along with the acts:

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . Musician DAVE EDMUNDS poses back stage . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . Musician DAVE EDMUNDS poses back stage . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . A man dressed as Baywatch star Pamela Anderson screams from the crowd . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . A man dressed as Baywatch star Pamela Anderson screams from the crowd . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . KID CREOLE performs . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 09/08/2015 . Siddington , UK . KID CREOLE performs . The Rewind Festival of 1980s music , fashion and culture at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

Sometimes you spot an alternative take on a well-worn path. Manchester’s Beetham Tower juxtaposed with a fence post:

© Joel Goodman . 21/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . GV of Beetham Tower ( Hilton Hotel ) in Manchester as viewed from Salford . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 21/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . GV of Beetham Tower ( Hilton Hotel ) in Manchester as viewed from Salford . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

Also in Manchester this month, white supremacist groups held a rally in the city centre:

© Joel Goodman . 22/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . Far-right nationalist group , " North West Infidels " and Islamophobic , anti-Semitic and white supremacist supporters , hold a rally in Manchester City Centre . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 22/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . Far-right nationalist group , ” North West Infidels ” and Islamophobic , anti-Semitic and white supremacist supporters , hold a rally in Manchester City Centre . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 22/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . Far-right nationalist group , " North West Infidels " and Islamophobic , anti-Semitic and white supremacist supporters , hold a rally in Manchester City Centre . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 22/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . Far-right nationalist group , ” North West Infidels ” and Islamophobic , anti-Semitic and white supremacist supporters , hold a rally in Manchester City Centre . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

And in neighbouring Salford, the funeral of Paul Massey – the man widely referred to as the city’s “Mr Big” – was held:

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . The procession passes along Heywood Way  . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford's " Mr Big " , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . The procession passes along Heywood Way . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford’s ” Mr Big ” , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Paul Massey's coffin is carried in to the church  . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford's " Mr Big " , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Paul Massey’s coffin is carried in to the church . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford’s ” Mr Big ” , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Mourners outside the church after the service . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford's " Mr Big " , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Mourners outside the church after the service . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford’s ” Mr Big ” , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Paul Massey's brother , JOHN MASSEY , stands over flowers left by well-wishers, before the funeral procession  . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford's " Mr Big " , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 28/08/2015 . Salford , UK . Paul Massey’s brother , JOHN MASSEY , stands over flowers left by well-wishers, before the funeral procession . The funeral of Paul Massey at St PaulÕs CE Church in Salford . Massey , known as Salford’s ” Mr Big ” , was shot dead at his home in Salford last month . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

And, on the final day of the month, a candlelit vigil in memory of the victims of HIV and AIDS closed the annual Manchester Pride event

© Joel Goodman . 31/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . A candlelit vigil in memory of the victims of HIV and AIDS , in Sackville Gardens in Manchester's Gay Village , organised by the George House Trust , closes 2015 Manchester Pride . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

© Joel Goodman . 31/08/2015 . Manchester , UK . A candlelit vigil in memory of the victims of HIV and AIDS , in Sackville Gardens in Manchester’s Gay Village , organised by the George House Trust , closes 2015 Manchester Pride . Photo credit : Joel Goodman