Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral This main image of Durham Cathedral in some of its glory is a few years old, and it was languishing in a box of transparencies until I discovered that, owing to major repair work to the weather beaten sandstone, Durham Cathedral is now wearing an ugly chef’s hat around scaffolding, and is off […]

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 […]

Anfield Football Ground

This is Anfield Years ago I was on the bus to Anfield on European match night when some supporters of the opposing team got on. I think they were with one of the Swiss or Austrian teams – blonde, buff and bronzed, the lads had each bought an England shirt to better suit the big […]

Picture Stories

Here are some picture stories to start  off  a few ‘reads’… Scroll ‘Recent Posts‘ and ‘Categories‘ for more words & pictures combinations.

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). 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 […]

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 fekin’ idea. She […]

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 […]

Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium

Picture Title: Father and Child in Sky Blue I only went to one match at Main Road, and that was with a Farnworth lad called Carl Baxter when I was still at school. This was in the Wigan Casino days, and I’d been a few times to Blackpool Mecca with him. But standing on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Haworth

One of the wonders of literature is how the Brontë Sisters managed to unearth such marvels from relatively shallow lives. But the life of the imagination is a back-tale unto itself, and – with the right quill and under the right gaze – the lines on one solitary face can be made to outlive those […]

Royal Exchange Theatre

One of my favourite places is the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, though not entirely for the theatricals. I find it at its best in the mornings, especially when the music has been muted so as not to interrupt rehearsals. The silence is somehow embellished by distant voices ricocheting around the theatre round, and the […]

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has always been there…it just ddn’t go by the name ‘Northern Quarter‘ until it was thus branded in the early 1990s. Started its rise to fashion-nobility with Afflecks Palace, circa 1981, and Factory-owned Dry Bar aided Manchester’s shift in focus over to Oldham Street. Thomas Street, Tib Street and Dale Street – […]

The Golden Door

The Golden Door T’was 11.35 When the clock struck one Though I didn’t even notice I was so far gone A humid night On Midsummer’s Day I’d supped my fill And was walking with a sway Glum and heavy hearted My head hung low I’d had a bad day Which is all you need to […]