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Blackpool

Blackpool 1. North Pier and sunset.
Blackpool 1. North Pier and sunset.

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!). Continue reading Blackpool

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Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge
Millennium Bridge
Millennium Bridge. Strangers in the night or longtime lovers? (N)Either. Or both…
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 a twitter account). Continue reading Millennium Bridge

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Old Trafford Football Ground

Old Trafford. Match day atmosphere
Old Trafford. Match day atmosphere

Old Trafford Football Ground
I’ve spent a lot of time at Old Trafford Football Ground down the years and its over a decade since I set myself the task of photographing the match night (and day) atmosphere of Old Trafford. Continue reading Old Trafford Football Ground

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Miss Yorkshire

Miss Yorkshire
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 say my poo is good for gardens…’ Continue reading Miss Yorkshire

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Pendle Hill

Pebndle Hill. Sun rises over Pendle Hill.
Pendle Hill. Sun rises over 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). Continue reading Pendle Hill

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Preston North End Deepdale

Deepdale: PNEnd of an Era
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Preston North End’s Deepdale football ground. Last night of the Pavillion Paddock. Atmospheric match day image of Deepdale. A group of young Preston supporters represent times past that will never return.

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. Continue reading Preston North End Deepdale

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Old Trafford Red Sea

Old Trafford Red Sea 2
Old Trafford Red Sea 2. CLICK IMAGE to order as a print.
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. Continue reading Old Trafford Red Sea

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Holy Island Lindisfarne
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 – very occasionally – its about good luck. Continue reading Holy Island Lindisfarne

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Central Library

Manchester Central Library and Library Walk
Manchester Central Library and Library Walk

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. 
Continue reading Central Library

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Castlefield Yellow

Castlefield Yellow
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. Continue reading Castlefield Yellow

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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 who built it undoubtedly knew it would. Continue reading Peveril of the Peak

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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 those of us who didn’t visit it as much as we might have. Continue reading Cornerhouse Manchester

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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 the number of times the picture you actually imagined, turns out to be nothing like the one on the developed film or digital file. Continue reading Rhodes Old Town

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Stonyhurst & The Hodder

Stonyhurst College under moonlight
Stonyhurst College under moonlight

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. Continue reading Stonyhurst & The Hodder