UK law firm Shoosmiths law is throwing its support behind a project to showcase to the world what Leeds has to offer across sport, culture, and community.
Love of Leeds is a photographic project, supported and launched in conjunction with Leeds City Council, and photojournalist Jude Palmer, which will capture the diversity of Leeds, the city, its people and all it has to offer in a stunning photographic book at the end of the year.
The world’s eyes will be upon Leeds in 2019 from many different perspectives from the world of sport, the celebration of culture, with a host of events all taking place this year.
The project has set out on a creative journey at the beginning of the year to document and get behind the scenes and capture imagery to showcase all that is happening in Leeds, not just the big events but also creative initiatives in the communities.
Jude said: “I feel privileged to be doing this project because as I shoot some of the amazing events Leeds hosts, and I capture some of the community projects that show great compassion and inclusivity, I realise just how great this city is. It’s on my doorstep, and I’ve known it a long time, or so I thought! I think many more people will feel this when they see the book.
“I really feel that this project is another creative way to give Leeds a voice, to shout about what it’s doing, as people in Leeds tend to just get their head down and crack on. The city’s DNA is made up of grit, compassion, boldness, creativity and passion. We are really pleased to have Shoosmiths on board.”
Matthew Howarth, head of Shoosmiths Leeds, said: “We are thrilled to be involved in such a ground breaking photographic project, it will be another way to show how Leeds is pioneering in its approach to showcasing what it does and how it drives, supports and excels at so many world class and inspiring events, bringing more awareness for this ever growing Northern powerhouse, and how it supports its communities in such creative ways.”
The project will include Tour de Yorkshire, World Triathlon, World Cricket, Leeds Film Festival, Project’s by Screen Yorkshire, Damien Hirst with Yorkshire International Sculpture, Transform Festival, Opera North, Northern Ballet, Leeds United, Leeds Universities, many community projects and so much more.
The photography will also capture the impact these projects have on the communities in and around Leeds.
Jude, along with Councillor Judith Blake from Leeds City Council, is behind the project. Jude has been given unprecedented access across all the events.