#32 – Blackpool

I love Blackpool and hate it at the same time. I love and hate it’s weather, it’s tackiness and the people that I see there. But I always love the smells, the atmosphere and the colour, especially at night. I went to see the Illuminations last night and was reminded that they are Blackpool at…

#31 – First item on this years Christmas List :)

A dragline excavator! This is the Bucyrus Erie BE1150 at Swillington near Leeds in the UK. It’s preserved by the ‘Friends of St. Aidans BE1150 Dragline’, a great bunch of blokes who look after this amazing bit of mechanical engineering.  1200 tons and a 215ft long boom – this is a BIG bit of kit,…

#30 – Inside Looking Out (4)

Grove Rake Mine. A great photographic composition technique is known as ‘framing’, that is having the main subject of your photograph within something else, such as an arch or a window. It’s something I look to use when I explore old buildings, sometimes like this, or sometimes just whatever happens to be out of the…

#29 – Inside Looking Out (3)

Doorway To Oblivion.  Once there would have been a fire escape or walkway to the old Huncoat Power Station that once stood on the huge expanse of wasteland. This was demolished but the office block was kept in use for a few years after, until this to was abandoned. It’s stood empty now for some…

#28 – Inside Looking Out (2)

Three Windows.  Sometimes, things in three’s just work better. I’m sure there’s a link between the composition of this picture and that rule of thirds thing.

#27 – Inside Looking Out (1)

Prestolite. One of the few times I’ve had any success with a single image HDR. I still think it’s a bit overdone though,  just haven’t got round to going back and toning it down.

#26 – Vapour

Two types of cloud, one made by man, and the other made by nature. Taken in January, looking down on Ramsbottoms last paper mill, and one of just a handful left in Lancashire. The local paper industry has been decimated in the last ten years, with many mills closing for good. Not sure how long this…

#25 – Luneside Landscape

The River Lune in Lancaster has not been used as a port for over a hundred years and much of the dockland area to the east of the West Coast Railway line over the river has been restored and regenerated, much of the area to the west is derelict. This is the site of the…

#24 – The Fall Of King Cotton

This is an image I took in an old mill a couple of years back. It’s one of my favourites, and I took it exactly as I found it – that’s exactly as the bobbins were, I didn’t re-arrange them, it just seems so poignant. I re-worked the image recently, converting to black and white, and…