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Picture Stories

A few picture stories ‘& essays
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Northern Soul

These pages are being updated and re-done from the ground up – quite a task when you have (hundreds of) thousands of images and much to say! Hopefully after this tidy-up it won’t need doing again… EVER.

Please bear with.

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Manchester – A Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to Manchester
A visitor’s guide to Manchester in pictures.

This is my City. I’ve been around its streets and clubs and pubs since I escaped the factory floor, with a job at one of Manchester’s best ever clothes shops.
I know its nooks and crannies. Its diamonds and its flaws. And so will you.
This is a small installment of what will hopefully be both a stunning and comprehensive visual guide to a great city.
Welcome to my Manchester. Continue reading Manchester – A Visitor’s Guide

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Everton Goodison Park

Goodison Park Everton

The brother of a friend tells a good story about Everton’s football ground.

In the days when he worked for a Spanish bank, he decided to take one of the bank’s bigwigs to a European night match against one of the Spanish sides. The fact that it was November 5th and bonfires were raging across the city didn’t raise any alarm bells, until they drove through one of the rougher parts of the city that now resembled a war zone.
Continue reading Everton Goodison Park

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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. Continue reading Highbury Stadium Arsenal

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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).

South Beach Miami. The Colony Hotel in a sumptuous light
South Beach Miami. The Colony Hotel in a sumptuous light

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 tatty dive on Collins Avenue or Indian Creek. Continue reading South Beach Miami

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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 very impressive view of this Mesozoic slab was owned by Oldfield (and latterly by one of the well-known musical Manc brothers in sky blue shirts…allegedly). Continue reading Es Vedra

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Salamanca

A while ago I had an idea for a (grown-up) younger person’s novel, about the ghost of a Priest from the Spanish Inquisition, who – for his sins – had been condemned to tread unnoticed amongst buildings from his own time, until one day he meets….(hey, the idea’s too good to share).
But where to set it?
A trawl through my stack of guide books suggested Salamanca. Continue reading Salamanca

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Clitheroe

Clitheroe, Lancashire
Clitheroe, Lancashire

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 of locals and surrounding villages, though the train brings in a good number of walkers. Continue reading Clitheroe

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Old Trafford: Red White and Black

Old Trafford RWB
Old Trafford RWB

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 perfect conditions to shoot this image. But like buses, you wait ages for one to come along… Continue reading Old Trafford: Red White and Black

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Manchester Cathedral: Ten to Seven

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‘Ten to Seven’. Manchester Cathedral made more complete, by amazing light and an unsuspecting understudy.

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. Continue reading Manchester Cathedral: Ten to Seven

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Gabriela Sabatini

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Gabriela Sabatini, pictured contra jour in Miami.

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). Continue reading Gabriela Sabatini

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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library Deansgate.
John Rylands Library Deansgate.

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. Continue reading John Rylands Library

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Downham

Downham.
Downham.

There’s a subtle perfection about Downham, and throughout the stunning May of 2018 I’ve intended merely to pass through (on my way to Bolton-by-Bowland or the Trough), only to get hijacked by seasonal subtleties of light and texture that won’t let me go until I’ve done it some kind of justice. Continue reading Downham

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Whitewell & Forest of Bowland

Whitewell & Forest of Bowland.

The Queen has a fondness for the Whitewell Estate and the Forest of Bowland owing to their (combined) stunning beauty. And the reason they have retained their timeless natural beauty is because this is the Queen’s land – there will be no social engineering projects or new 1000 home developments here ! Continue reading Whitewell & Forest of Bowland

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Doctor Jack & Calcutta Rescue

 

These pages are being updated and re-done from the ground up – quite a task when you have (hundreds of) thousands of images and much to say! Hopefully after this tidy-up it won’t need doing again…. EVER.

Please bear with.

 

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Missionaries of Charity Calcutta

Missionaries of Charity Calcutta

 

These pages are being updated and re-done from the ground up – quite a task when you have (hundreds of) thousands of images and much to say! Hopefully after this tidy-up it won’t need doing again…. EVER.

Please bear with.