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This is my best friend. He is the only friend I still have who connects me to my childhood and the person I used to be a long time before my life trajectory took a different turn.

We were both into our rock music and would play music and jam the blues in his bedroom for hours as younger men. Back then I used to write poems and he put the music to them. These days he writes poetry and plays at a venue in St Helens, a northern post-industrial town desperately trying to reinvent itself and failing. The venue, The Rendezvous, as with many pubs in the UK, is currently suffering economically. He arranged a performance poetry evening with an open mic night and invited me to come along and help raise funds. Live music venues are slowly dying out and it was my honour to go along and take part. We had a great night and we both took it in turns to "perform" poetry under the influence and recapture our youth, albeit fleetingly.

He also asked me to take some shots of him performing with the intention of using the images as the cover of his next poetry book. I don't do portraiture as well many of you know, architecture is my thing, so this is my first ever portrait type shot. It's a tribute to my friend, my past and hopefully live music venues everywhere in some subtle way.

Enjoy.

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