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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]