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 book, 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 […]

Downham

On sunny summer days, pack your folding chairs and kids into the car (not necessarily in that order), and bring some healthy seed-feed for the army of ducks, who await your arrival with bated beak.         Alternatively, bring a hot flask in the Winter months and make a showing before the sun […]

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 […]

John Rylands Library

Enriqueta Rylands’ impressive chunk of neo Gothica opened in 1900 as the people’s library, though it was the acquisition of Lord Spencer’s Althorp Collection that truly made the Ryland’s book collection special. Deep within the vast Special Collections is the Grafton Portrait, hoped (rather than thought) to be Shakespeare, a Gutenberg Bible (or Mazarin Bible […]

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, perhaps against one of the Spanish sides. The fact that it was November 5th and […]

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 […]