Ibiza Uncovered ?

The original Ibiza Uncovered series is rerun from time to time on Sky television channels. When it was filmed across Ibiza in 1997 I was on the Island, supposedly to shoot film for a travel company. Ibiza Uncovered in many ways led the way for cheap, fly-on-the-wall television and was a precursor for bottom-of-the-barrel ‘reality’ […]

Blackpool

We met someone in Lytham last year who told the story of an Australian family, who arrived in Blackpool expecting to see Las Vegas, but instead were horrified by tacky reality (hence their sharpish escape to Lytham!). Those of us who’ve grown with Blackpool’s reality – since we went on a first holiday with Nan […]

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge Sunset I think it was Kierkegaard who advised we should write down our thoughts and ideas before they escape, because many don’t come along twice and the best ones will be lost forever (…Kierkegaard also believed the majority couldn’t think a thought through to its ultimate conclusion, so don’t be volunteering him for […]

Miss Yorkshire

Our next contestant is Miss Yorkshire. She’s called DaisyMoo and is from Kirrby Malham. Tell us a little of yourself, DaisyMoo. ‘Well, I like to feel the wind in my hair and tickling my hairy cheeks, as I’m rambling in the hills around my home.  I always eat my greens, I’m forever horny and they […]

Preston North End Deepdale

Deepdale: PNEnd of an Era By complete coincidence, when I turned up to shoot Preston North End’s Deepdale football ground some years ago, it was the last night that the Pavillion Paddock was open to Preston supporters as a working football stand, which, at the time, was the oldest surviving stand in the football league. […]

Old Trafford Red Sea

Picture Stories. Old Trafford Red Sea The East Stand (or Scoreboard End) of Old Trafford on match day. I’d found this vantage point up on scaffolding when they were building some flats, and fair play to the Chelsea-fan foreman who let me up there to do as I wished. The idea was to get all […]

Holy Island Lindisfarne

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 […]

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 […]

Central Library

When I first went to the British Library in London, two of of the most impressive details were: 1: two power points at each desk for library users 2: Comfortable desk & seating, presumably based on an understanding of how humans are supposed to sit. When I revisited the revamped Manchester’s Central Library, the least […]

Castlefield Yellow

Castlefield Yellow Castlefield, Deansgate, looking towards Dukes 92 and Albert’s Shed. I’m not sure why Castlefield Yellow is so popular as a print. What makes the image work for me is the halo of autumnal yellow over red brick, which is so perfectly reflected by the water and the yellow light of the lanterns. Pitch […]

Peveril of the Peak

Peveril of the Peak If you come upon The Pev by accident and in ignorance, the shiny facade will probably stop you in your tracks, as did the gingerbread house for Hansel and Gretel in the woods. Even more so if the Western light catches the green tiles at just the right angle, as those […]

Cornerhouse Manchester

Cornerhouse Manchester So farewell then, Cornerhouse (oops…I’ve gone all E J Thribb). Everyone has memories of this place, including bleary heads on the way to Rock World trying to come to terms with quiz night, Northern Soulies on the way back from a Ritz All-Dayer, generations of students from Manchester Uni and Man Met, and […]

Sunset Silhouette

Sunset Silhouette over the Lowry and Imperial War Museum One of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty). You can’t beat advance planning in photography: I’d worked out the angle for this shot weeks before and was waiting for the right kind of light. On this day, I’d been out and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Durham

Durham University and Cathedral Durham is one of the most gorgeous cities in Britain. In fact, I’ll raise that statement. Durham could hold its own – in good looks and history (per yard) – against most cities in the world. My advice about the best times to visit a given place are defined by the […]