Buckets and Braces

This is the kind of spontaneous photography that is being killed off by selfies, because a generation is being encouraged to only see merit in a picture if they are actually in it! Bad photography is often about ‘look at me’ fame, and myriad related projects. Good photography is a harmony of elements that combine […]

Pendle Hill

The selection of Pendle Hill photos I have is out of proportion to what I could ever hope do with so many images (except perhaps for a book on Pendle Hill, which isn’t going to happen…not a factual work, at least). So from a commercial point of view, the amount of time I’ve spent awaiting […]

Clitheroe

Like much of the Ribble Valley and Lancashire, the weakness of under-funded tourism-cum-marketing is also its endearing strength. There are some wonderful places to see and things to do around these parts. But happily for those of us who avoid the crowds, comparatively few folk know about them: if it thrives, it does so because […]

Whalley & Abbey

Hands up all those who’ve been to Whalley Abbey? There’s no reason why you should’ve, if you don’t know it exists. The Abbey, like this small town of Whalley, is usually discovered by accident and returned to often by folk who have. Whalley is a little gem and the grounds of the Abbey are perfect […]

Slaidburn

  Good pub, with Lancashire cheese pie and a roaring open fire, and well-placed YHA if you don’t mind communal snoring and farting. Head out of town past the Unknown Soldier, and just the other side of the bridge there’s a footpath down to the right – cut across the field and your on the […]

Old Trafford: Red White and Black

Within a few minutes of nailing the moment to the idea in the image titled ‘Red Sea’, the traffic left the Old Trafford car park on Sir Matt Busby Way and the three colours of Manchester United were now available to realise another  idea for a timeless image. It took 3 months to get the […]

Highbury Stadium Arsenal

Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium on Match Day Photographically, I have many regrets, especially in relation to those football grounds that have disappeared forever. But I’m super-glad I had the foresight to get to Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, before it shut its doors to football’s paying public. Highbury Stadium has been part of the fabric of Highbury and […]

Manchester Cathedral: Ten to Seven

In an ideal world (for photographers), people would look at an image and appreciate only the juggling of the various elements that make that hallowed image. For example, the light in this picture is spectacular, the stacking of the perspective gives the moment real power and the clock freezes (friezes?) the moment in time and […]

Bridgewater Hall

Bridgewater Blue There’s something perfect about a Winter or Autumn twilight blue, which has a clarity rarely found in Summer. I have a few variations on this Bridgewater Blue theme (above), but time was of the essence because they were building the Beetham Tower at the time, which has risen to ruin many a Manchester […]

Palace Hotel & Oxford Road

Manchester’s landmark Palace Hotel viewed from Oxford Road railway station. I don’t even know if they light the Palace Hotel up like this any more. Here it makes a spectacular display when blended with the tail lights of a passing train. Did you know Oxford Road corner is one of the (if not THE) busiest […]

Monica Seles

Few players have hit tennis balls with as much relish as Monica Seles. Unlike many who have traipsed the tennis circuit, I never gave a thought to what Seles might’ve achieved, had someone NOT handed her a tennis racket in childhood. Like many truly great players, Monica Seles was primarily the product of her father […]

Gabriela Sabatini

On the main stadium courts at tennis tournaments, everything is staged and everyone is clambering for the same shots (and these days independent photographers would struggle to even get a credential… agencies are the new cartels). But sometimes you are gifted pictures out of the blue. I don’t think the tournament proper had started and […]

John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, on Manchester’s Deansgate, has never seen as many Tories as it does in the film about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour.  Apart from the Historic Reading room, the original men’s toilets is also made good use of, where Neville Chamberlain defies library rules by using the loo to take his morphine. Enriqueta Rylands’ impressive […]

Chimney Pop

This is an industrial skyline at Trafford Park, close to the Manchester Ship Canal and where the BBC and Media City is now. I’d been shooting a sunset at The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum, and when the glowing ball slipped out of the scene, I chased after it. It must be an unedifying […]