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Picture Stories

Here are some picture stories to start  off  a few ‘reads’…
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Prints for Walls

Prints for Walls is one of the  reasons I strive for world class images, on  both film and digit. From stocking filler to wall-filling one-of-one art pieces,op pretty much any media and up to 70 inches in length/height.  A few links below – use contact form or decipher the email address for more details

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Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium

Picture Title: Father and Child in Sky Blue I only went to one match at Main Road, and that was with a Farnworth lad called Carl Baxter when I was still at school. This was in the Wigan Casino days, and I’d been a few times to Blackpool Mecca with him. But standing on the […]

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Holy Island Sunrise Photography is primarily about developing personal vision: learning to see anew, if you like, though this time through lenses, as you strive to master the limitless perspectives they offer. It is also about hard work, planning, knowing your subject/object, understanding light, the seasons, angles, hard-earned experience and myriad other details. And occasionally―just […]

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Everton Goodison Park

Goodison Park: Home of the Blues With more and more football grounds relocating to soulless retail parks (if you go to your local supermarket to post a letter, why not watch the match while you’re out?), Everton’s Goodison Park is stubbornly clinging to both the Gwladys Street pavement and communal significance. There’s a great buzz […]

Vision.

Vision

Vision I don’t mind telling you now that this is the facade at the old Dunlop factory at the aptly named Macintosh Village development (the scene has changed forever…that’s why I don’t mind telling you now!). The layers of colour from times past seemed to be clawing their way through the door, in an attempt […]

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South Beach Miami

Colony Hotel Ocean Drive, South Beach I think this picture of the Colony Hotel at sunrise is amazing and not just because I shot it (print available here). I’ve been many times to shoot pictures at the tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, just south of Miami, though I always ended up in some cheap and […]

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Gratuitous Colour

Gratuitous Colour (AKA ‘Some Bird’s Arse’) A friend of mine once tetchily dismissed this picture as ‘some bird’s arse’ and of course he was right. It is some bird’s arse. But to describe it thus is to willfully miss the point – I mean, just LOOK at those colours! Whose arse? No fekin’ idea. She […]

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Northern Soul

Dex Drugs and Northern Soul Looking back on a time of youthful excess, at Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca’s Highland Room. It’s not often I can pinpoint what I was doing on a given date, let alone one from forty years ago. But I have near-perfect recall for the 23rd of September1973, which is the […]

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Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela I got talking to a Frenchman in Salamanca one time, about the differences between France and Spain. ‘In France its about the countryside. But here its all about these amazing cities,‘ which for me sums up the best of Spain – amazing cities. Santiago de Compostela is one of those amazing cities […]

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Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Old Town Luck will get most of us an occasional good photo, but what separates photographers from camera owners (meow!) is the ability to see pictures – everywhere – and be the master of a situation whenever it presents itself. In the vast majority of cases, this seeingness develops over the years, as you narrow down […]

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Es Vedra

Es Vedra, Ibiza The rock of Es Vedra, on Ibiza’s Cala d’Hort, was the body double for the Island of Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific and – amongst many other walk-on parts – it featured on the cover of Mike Oldfield’s Voyager album (not his best work). In fact, the house with the […]

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Tennis

Tennis Guides: How to Play Tennis Strokes Below are 4 tennis PDF ebooks designed to give you the knowledge to build your own tennis strokes. Logical, easy to follow steps – jargon-free. Nothing held back – much of what you’ll ever need, to build advanced and technically sound tennis techniques. Animated with strokes of some […]

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Settle

Settle has one of the best chippy’s in the North of England (says me), a market full of characters (with some great faces!), a honeycomb of interesting streets, walks both long and short and you aren’t far from a cracking little waterfall, which is a perfect spot for Summer picnics (the sun needs to be […]

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Hawes & Wensleydale

To get to Hawes (from the direction of Gisburn and Lancashire) you drive out past Settle, through stunning countryside along the B4679, and the Ribblehead Viaduct is worth a stop on your merry way. Then you swing a right to Hawes on the B6255. To my eyes, Hawes is to The Dales what Keswick was […]

Stainforth

Stainforth is ever-popular because of the surrounding countryside and two gems: Stainforth Force and Catrigg Force. Stainforth Force which lives in what could be described as the lower part of Stainforth, down Dog Hill Brow beside the former monastic road. The old pack horse bridge was built in 1675 by Samuel Watson and this lovely […]

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Stonyhurst & The Hodder

An aesthetically pleasing marriage of Elizabethan and Victorian architecture, the towered structure of Stonyhurst College sits modestly beyond what was once the main road adjoining Clitheroe and Preston, within a stone’s throw of the banks of the River Hodder, and it immediately imposes itself upon the eye of those who have sought it. A Catholic […]

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Heptonstall

Hepptonstall gives you a feel for what Haworth must’ve been like before the tea rooms arrived, and the twinned churchyard of St Thomas a Becket and the new Church of Saint Thomas is a good place to picnic beside a gravestone (Edith Plath’s, if you can find it). Morbid? Not at all – why not […]

Castle Hotel

The Castle on Oldham Street has been around for generations, and is perhaps most famous as the location for the oft-spouted John Peel interview with Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, circa 1979. Only a few years ago I wouldn’t be recommending it for anything save a good scrap, and certainly not as a place where visitors […]

Oxford Road & Street Manchester

There’s a vibrancy about Manchester’s Oxford Road and Street that few areas of the city can match. Students from Manchester Met and Manchester University fill out its pavements and keep its cafes, bars, eateries, and cheap take-aways busy throughout the year (and into the small hours). The best reason to head along Oxford Road, and […]

Cheviot Sunset

Cheviots

Gateway to the Cheviots Take the B6348 off the main A1, not far from the opposite turn off to Bamburgh, and head in the direction of Chatton and Wooler. When night falls along this road you know you are close to a relative wilderness and far from the maddening crowds, which makes it a great […]

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham is quite possibly my favourite place in the North East, though I doubt you and I have seen it in the same light. The majority will see it in it’s hazy summer glory, for this is when holidays are taken and Chillingham gets to recoup some of the cost of its spectacular renovation – […]

Alnwick by Night

Alnwick

Alnwick is home to one of the most spectacular castles in the kingdom and, unlike the castle at Bamburgh, the owners understand the value of lighting up their prize possession at night all year round. So pack your wellies and head torches, and set out on a riverside walk as the sun begins to set. […]

Berwick upon Tweed

Too often overlooked but worth the drive up the A1. Lowry loved this place for a reason: if you were to take a typical worktown and dress it up in idealised clothing, it would probably look something like Berwick upon Tweed. Handsome, hard-working pubs and eateries, wonderfull stonework and harbour to explore, and a masterpiece […]

Dunstanburgh Castle in the cool blue of a sunrise.

Dunstanburgh Castle

 Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle …(or better still, carry on walking and have a pint in The Ship at Newton by the Sea). If you are expecting a picture-perfect postcard village, Craster might be a disappointment because it isn’t that picturesque: no architecture of note, the only place to park (unless you’ve been allocated a slot […]

Bamburgh Castle viewed from Lindisfarne.

Bamburgh

A Walk Along the Beach at Bamburgh Bamburgh Castle is a spectacular sight by day but it fizzles out come night time, when it should be at its finest. I’ve no doubt it can be expensive lighting up a full castle at night, especially out of season when there’s few folk around to enjoy the […]

The Sunrise Kingdom

Holy Island Lindisfarne

Wonderful sights often require effort on the viewer’s part – sometimes a lot, at other times not so much – and one of the most spectacular sights in Britain is a perfect sunrise over the Holy Island that is Lindisfarne. In summer, this might require some serious sleep deprivation (and a room at a local […]

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Beadnell

If you didn’t know about it beforehand (as many watersporters do), Beadnell can throw you somewhat on arrival. OK, so the Craster Arms looks like a decent place for a pint and a butty, and the church is cute. But is that it? Mmm. A stroll towards the coast reveals a collection of nondescript houses […]

Warkworth Northumberland

For some, Warkworth is Northumberland’s Jewel. Warkworth Castle lords it over the wonderfully preserved Castle main street and the short riverside walk is perfect for a daily stroll at either end of the day. Great base for a family holiday and there’s much to appeal to the imagination of children of all ages.  

Haworth Church and Parsonage. Christmas in Haworth.

Haworth

One of the wonders of literature is how the Brontë Sisters managed to unearth such marvels from relatively shallow lives. But the life of the imagination is a back-tale unto itself, and – with the right quill and under the right gaze – the lines on one solitary face can be made to outlive those […]

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Royal Exchange Theatre

One of my favourite places is the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, though not entirely for the theatricals. I find it at its best in the mornings, especially when the music has been muted so as not to interrupt rehearsals. The silence is somehow embellished by distant voices ricocheting around the theatre round, and the […]

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has always been there…it just ddn’t go by the name ‘Northern Quarter‘ until it was thus branded in the early 1990s. Started its rise to fashion-nobility with Afflecks Palace, circa 1981, and Factory-owned Dry Bar aided Manchester’s shift in focus over to Oldham Street. Thomas Street, Tib Street and Dale Street – […]

The Britons Protection

The Britons Protection is one of those places in Manchester that have always been there and which we take for granted. But as swathes of Manchester City Center is  turned into soulless gated communities, the Britons Protection and its ilk is starting to take on a whole new meaning.   A Manchester Print Gallery   […]