Michael Anthony Barnes-Wynters – aka Barney


‘I’ve had a connection with the city through music and street arts for a number of years – initially through Time Based Arts and The Museum Of Club Culture. I filmed about 40 people for my ‘Dutty Lingo Project’ this summer and interestingly I connected with lot’s of key people in Hull through it.

I moved here at the end of October from Manchester and live in HU5. Hull is a smaller city than Manchester but there are as many exciting things happening here creatively as there are in Manchester.

I really enjoy living in Hull, I love the people I’m meeting and I’m still discovering new things. There is a definite shift in confidence in people – and that is the way it needs to go. I love Grannies Parlour and the Vintage Dove House Hospice Shop at 87 Newland Avenue.’

Michael Anthony Barnes-wynters aka Barney is a Project Manager for the Hull’s Producers, Artists, Curators and Educators at Roots and Wings. As an original member of Manchester’s critically acclaimed Contact Theatre’s programming team, Michael worked closely with its Artistic Director, John McGrath on the artistic design of its programming which has since been recognised as being instrumental in redefining young people’s theatre for 21st Century. As an artist and producer he has worked nationally and internationally and has been commissioned by the likes of Tate Modern, FACT and The Museum of Club Culture.

Here are some images from the contact sheet – we had a lot of fun making these portrait images – and Barney’s final choice is the image you see at the top of the page – here are some of the other portraits we created – As I said to Barney when I looked at the images in Lightroom – ‘Barney you have given me a real problem – you are just too photogenic we are spoilt for choice!’

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Photo © Quentin Budworth