Limelight and Shadows poster

The Red Lion LIMELIGHT & SHADOWS Competition starts
11 October and finishes midnight 25 October

Exhibition panel
Enter The Red Lion Competition and win a night at the Hotel for two with a superb evening meal and glorious breakfast in the morning. And on top of that you also win two tickets to a Hippodrome show.

Simply tell us which photograph from the Exhibition is Johnny Mac not very happy about. Johnny Mac is one of the major stars at the Hippodrome, working alongside Compere Jack Jay he has the audience in stitches. His trademark
catchphrase “I’m enjoying myself” seems to have deserted him in this Exhibition. Tell us which photograph you think is responsible and you could be the lucky winner.

Email me - David Morris at with the name of the photograph you think Johnny Mac is not very happy about.

In the event of more than one correct answer the first one out of the hat will be declared the winner. The Competition closes midnight 25 October 2017.

There are also special Red Lion deals on tickets and meals ask at the Hotel Reception for details.

This exhibition is a look into a world the public rarely get to see. A behind the scenes study of the Circus and her performers.
The Hippodrome Circus at Great Yarmouth is another one of Norfolk’s hidden gems. Built in 1903 it is Britain’s only surviving brick built circus. Boasting an ancient, but remarkable mechanism painstakingly restored by the owner
Peter Jay, the arena fills with water to spectacular effect and audience delight.

This is a remarkable place to be allowed to photograph, a photographer's delight. My only problem was that every time I pointed my camera at a performer, a great big smile flashed back at me - not what I wanted. I didn't want the stage persona, I wanted the world we never get to see, the one in the shadows, not the limelight.

You can go to my Portfolio pages on my website to see a selection of my work
simply click here

Further down this page are images from my exhibition at Hull International Photography Gallery

For David Morris home page click here

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                                                                                               BARLIFE EXHIBITION & The Stories

Bars, Cafés, and Pool Halls, wherever people and alcohol mix, provides a fascinating insight into the human condition, from the dramatic to the banal, from the beautiful to the dangerous. Terrific lighting, intriguing faces, thoughtful moments, what else would a photographer want?

It has its drawbacks                                                                                                           
A punch in the mouth being one of them, if you get things wrong. And since I work in places it’s easy to get a drink, it’s easy to think I have just taken the best photograph ever. She is fickle is Mistress Alcohol, she can freeze the moment, give you space to look and think, hand you a sudden insight, or make you linger over faces and places, appreciate the way light falls over an expression or the way a story starts to unfold. But she is not to be trusted, she’ll lead you up the garden path, your judgment is not safe in her company.
This study has led me to visit bars and cafés and pool halls all over Europe, some hardship you are probably thinking. I’m interested in the moment of composition, and the effects of light, but mostly I wonder what is going on here, what is the story? I'm also interested in how other people 'read' these photographs.
Sometimes it is uncomfortable, as a young photographer I thought I had the ‘right’ to take people’s photographs, now I’m not so self-assured.
I do hang on to the words of Edward Steichen who was talking about that old chestnut ‘Is photography Art?’ His words still carry a crackle nearly 100 years later. He said: “Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man
to himself.”

'Barlife' was exhibited at Hull International Photography Gallery
November 2015 - February 2016