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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 idea. She was […]

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 […]

Imperial Red

When it decides to perform, North Western light is spectacular and its goosebump time when you get one like this, especially over two of the North’s landmark buildings.  The metal cladding of the Imperial War museum and the Lowry perfectly reflect the red sunset sky and the general smoulder of twilight. This was taken minutes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

 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 […]