Photographer captures iconic Sheffielders for Children’s Hospital

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A photographer is snapping portraits of iconic Sheffielders to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.

James Shaw, who works primarily on weddings and events, came up with the idea after his friend’s son Connor Swift was diagnosed with leukaemia aged three.

Connor Swift

Connor Swift

James said: “We weren’t sure if he would survive but with the treatment, care and support given at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, I’m thrilled to say he’s still with us.”

Connor’s mum Cheryl Armitage said: “I think it’s brilliant. I’m really grateful that he’s doing it for this great charity.”

James has been trying to track down everyone from Def Leppard to Toby Foster to participate.

After coordinating with Paul Carrack’s manager for nearly a year, James got a call in July asking if he could show up at the Botanical Gardens within an hour. Paul was performing at the Music in the Gardens festival and James got the shot.

James has put in a lot of time using social media and placing phone calls, although luck has played a role as well. He shot portraits of Sheffield Eagles after he bumped into some of the rugby players eating at New York Deli in Walkley.

Footballer Billy Sharp, rock band Reverend and the Makers and boxer Kell Brook have also signed on to the project. Pete McKee is also collaborating with James, who hopes to include the artist’s’ dog in the portrait.

The prints will eventually be framed and auctioned at a black tie event, which he hopes will raise over £5,000.

James said: “Hopefully people will appreciate it’s for a good cause.”