Photos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 3 – Pripyat

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Travel Photography: The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photographer: Simon J. Newbury
Date: April, 2019


Photos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 2 – The Abandoned City of Pripyat

In this gallery of photos from The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone I have focused on the abandoned city of Pripyat. The city was founded in 1970 and was built by the Soviet Union to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. The city had a population of nearly 50,000 by the time it was evacuated on April 27, 1986, the day after the disaster at the Chernobyl Plant. 

Photos from The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 2

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Travel Photography: The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photographer: Simon J. Newbury
Date: April, 2019


In my previous blog post I looked at some of the buildings I photographed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. In this post I am focusing on some of the objects in the various houses and buildings I visited. The locations are all detailed in the captions and were photographed in the village of Zalissya, Pripyat and Kopachi.

Photos from The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Travel Photography: The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Photographer: Simon J. Newbury
Date: April, 2019


Tina and I recently visited Ukraine for some travel photography. We made a visit to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to photograph many abandoned buildings in some small villages surrounding the nuclear plant and around Pripyat, the city close to Reactor Number 4 which exploded on April 26, 1986 which led to the evacuation of Pripyat and the 30km Exclusion Zone.

Wedding Photography: Crown Hotel & Ballroom Nantwich – Jenny and Richard

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Wedding Photography Clients: Jenny and Richard
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Nantwich, Cheshire
Wedding Reception Venue: The Crown Hotel, Nantwich, Cheshire
Wedding Photography: Simon J. Newbury, Tina Newbury
Wedding Photo Editing: Tina Newbury


Wedding Photography: Crown Hotel & Ballroom, Nantwich – Jenny and Richard

We were back at the historic Crown Hotel and Ballroom in Nantwich to photograph the October wedding of Jenny and Richard. The Ceremony by Your Ceremony took place in the grand Ballroom before the drinks reception upstairs at The Crown. After photos the evening reception was held in the turned around Ballroom which included the surprise of Darth Vader from Star Wars arriving to arrest the Groom along with his Stormtroopers! The Groom was soon released and the Troopers posed for photographs.

After the speeches and cake cutting, the newly weds danced their first dance provided by local duo Baxter before dancing the night away.

Mogwai – Live in Aberdeen – Photo Gallery

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Artist: Mogwai
Event: True North Festival 2018
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre
City: Aberdeen, Scotland
Date: 22nd September, 2018


Mogwai – Live at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen – Photo Gallery

Simon was in Aberdeen in Scotland to photograph Glaswegian giants Mogwai performing at His Majesty’s Theatre as part of the True North Festival 2018. A fantastic set from Mogwai included song from their new album as well as favourites such as Like Herod and My Father, My King.

Wedding Photography: Mere Court Hotel Knutsford – Helen and Lee

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Wedding Photography Clients: Helen and Lee
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The gardens of The Mere Court Hotel, Knutsford, Cheshire
Wedding Reception Venue: The Mere Court Hotel, Knutsford, Cheshire
Wedding Photography: Simon J. Newbury, Tina Newbury
Wedding Photo Editing: Tina Newbury


Wedding Photography: The Mere Court Hotel in Knutsford – Helen and Lee

We were at The Mere Court Hotel near Knutsford in Cheshire for the outdoor summer wedding of Helen and Lee. The Great British summer provided a beautiful blue sky perfect for the wedding ceremony which was held outside in the pagoda in the gardens of the Mere Court Hotel.

Cool Britannia Festival, Knebworth – Photo Gallery

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Music Photography: Cool Britannia Festival
Date: 1st and 2nd September, 2018
Headline Acts: Happy Mondays, Ocean Colour Scene
Location: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire
Photographer: Simon J. Newbury


Cool Britannia Festival, Knebworth – Photo Gallery

“Iconic acts inspired by an epic era!”

The beginning of September saw the launch of a brand new epic music festival Cool Britannia — which which took place at Knebworth — the stately home of rock. The new festival was opened on Saturday with the premier of Britpop Classical. Britpop Classical features a full rock back of some of the country’s best session musicians together with an amazing horns section and orchestra, all backing a spectacular array of vocalists including The Farm’s Peter Hooton performing All Together Now, Saffron from Republica with Ready To Go, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory covering Pulp’s Common People and the unique Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, EastEnders) closed the set with Blur’s Parklife.

Wedding Photography: Tabley House Knutsford – Donna and Marcus

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Wedding Photography Clients: Donna and Marcus
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire
Wedding Reception Venue: Hartford Golf Club, Cheshire
Wedding Photography: Simon J. Newbury, Tina Newbury
Wedding Photo Editing: Tina Newbury


Wedding Photography: Tabley House Knutsford – The wedding of Donna and Marcus

Tabley House is a unique and beautiful wedding venue set in delightful parkland approximately 3 kilometres to the east of the town of Knutsford, Cheshire.  A stunning Palladian mansion; Tabley House was built in 1767 by John Carr of York for the Leicester family who lived at Tabley for 700 years.  The elegant, light Georgian rooms still display important paintings and furniture collected by the family over the centuries, the collection includes pieces of artwork by Turner, Lawrence and Reynolds and furniture by Gillow, Bullock and Chippendale amongst others.  A 17th century chapel sits adjacent to Tabley house, the chapel was moved from an island in 1927 due to brine pumping and re-erected in the stately homes grounds. Tabley house has also been host to various TV productions, including Antiques Roadtrip, The Forsyth Saga and Flog it.

Wedding Photography: The Plough, Eaton – Stephanie and Daniel

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Wedding Photography Clients: Stephanie and Daniel
Pre-wedding Photography Location: Astbury Mere, Cheshire
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Plough Inn, Eaton, Cheshire
Wedding Photography: Simon J. Newbury, Tina Newbury
Wedding Photo Editing: Tina Newbury


Wedding Photography: The Plough, Eaton – Stephanie and Daniel

We were back at The Plough Inn in Eaton to photograph the beautiful rustic wedding of Stephanie and Daniel. As usual, Tina was with Stephanie, the Bride, ahead of the ceremony while Simon was at The Plough Inn with Daniel, the Bridegroom along with his Groomsmen. The historic barn with it’s oak beams was beautifully laid out ahead of the ceremony with a stunning sunflower theme.

The lovely wedding ceremony was complimented by the ‘handfasting’ or ribbon ceremony where the happy couple “tied the knot” in yellow ribbon during the service.

After the confetti and group shots was the wedding breakfast back in the barn. Once this was completed we headed out to do the couple photos around the Plough and also at the nearby park. It was then back to the Plough for the cutting of the cake and the first dance.

Rewind Festival North – Photo Gallery

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Music Photography: Rewind Festival North 2018
Headline Acts: O.M.D., The Jacksons
Location: Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Cheshire
Photographer: Simon J. Newbury


Rewind Festival North – Photo Gallery

Simon headed over to Capesthorne Hall in Siddington near Macclesfield for the latest Rewind Festival North. The festival is now in it’s fourth year at the Cheshire venue while celebrating is tenth year overall. Simon J. Newbury Photography has been at every Rewind North.