Blackpool

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!). Those of us who’ve grown with Blackpool’s reality – since we went on a first holiday with Nan […]

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 […]

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 […]

Old Trafford Football Ground

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. The carnival atmosphere doesn’t magically appear. For night matches, many of the food vendors arrive […]

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 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 […]

Buckets and Braces

This is the kind of spontaneous photography that is being killed off by selfies, because a generation is being encouraged to only see merit in a picture if they are actually in it! Bad photography is often about ‘look at me’ fame, and myriad related projects. Good photography is a harmony of elements that combine […]

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 […]

Preston North End Deepdale

Deepdale: PNEnd of an Era 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. […]

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 […]

Monica Seles

Few players have hit tennis balls with as much relish as Monica Seles. Unlike many who have traipsed the tennis circuit, I never gave a thought to what Seles might’ve achieved, had someone NOT handed her a tennis racket in childhood. Like many truly great players, Monica Seles was primarily the product of her father […]

Gabriela Sabatini

On the main stadium courts at tennis tournaments, everything is staged and everyone is clambering for the same shots (and these days independent photographers would struggle to even get a credential… agencies are the new cartels). But sometimes you are gifted pictures out of the blue. I don’t think the tournament proper had started and […]

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 […]

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