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 […]

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 – […]

Hacienda Manchester

I have no recollection whatsoever of these picture (other than I was going through a phase of colouring my flash with blue filters!), though I have the feeling I’d been shooting pictures somewhere else beforehand and managed to get my cameras past the doormen (maybe with one of G.L.’s many forged VIP passes!). The ‘everyone’s […]

Wednesday Morning Magic

Something strange is afoot on Wednesday mornings throughout the Summer months. From Preston to Blackburn, then on to Whalley, Clitheroe, Settle and through to Carlisle, people are drawn to a weekly spectacle as if moved my strange magic or a magnetic spell. Cars pull over. Playground footie games pause. Roadworks stop (do some ever start?) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

The John Rylands Library, on Manchester’s Deansgate, has never seen as many Tories as it does in the film about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour.  Apart from the Historic Reading room, the original men’s toilets is also made good use of, where Neville Chamberlain defies library rules by using the loo to take his morphine. Enriqueta Rylands’ impressive […]

Chimney Pop

This is an industrial skyline at Trafford Park, close to the Manchester Ship Canal and where the BBC and Media City is now. I’d been shooting a sunset at The Lowry and the Imperial War Museum, and when the glowing ball slipped out of the scene, I chased after it. It must be an unedifying […]