#437 – Brierfield Mill Part 4 – Reception

The timber lined reception had been untouched by the demolition crew that had cleared out the admin building (the entire site is listed so no buildings are getting pulled down). It’s symmetry appealed to me so I made the most of it. Unfortunately all the offices had been stripped and the internal walls reduced to…

Shadows of the North Book – last few copies / free PDF sample

Having sold quite a few of my books recently at my talks and online, I’m down to the last few copies¬†of my self-published book, and I’m considering my options for a reprint. The safe option is to go back to Blurb, but good though they are, they are ridiculously expensive and I only ever buy…

My recent Urbex shoot for O2 / Samsung

More to come soon, but I’ve recently been commissioned to take some urbex style photos using the awesome new Samsung Galaxy S7. Here’s the press release from O2: http://news.o2.co.uk/?press-release=urban-explorer-snaps-eerie-pics-samsung-galaxy-s7-o2 And a story in the Manchester Evening News: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/london-road-fire-station-urban-11055107 Finally a gallery of photos on my website of London Road Fire Station: http://www.theviewfromthenorth.org/london-road-fire-station-samsung More to come………

#436 РBrierfield Mill Part 3 РNorth Light Windows

If you’ve seen my recent blog posts on the Rossendale mills, then this will look quite reminiscent of some of those. I’m not sure why I’ve developed a fascination for northlight windows, it’s probably just a passing whimsy, but in the right light they can look great. Unfortunately the winter sun was well off to…

#435 – Brierfield Mill Part 2 – Views Through a Window

Windows. This composition is something I’ve used successfully over the years and is one I still employ. I’m sure if a psychoanalyst saw them all he would interpret them as the sign of a troubled mind, but it’s just a composition I happen to like. I wanted to find ways of including the clock tower…

#434 – Brierfield Mill Part 1 – An Introduction

The M65 motorway was opened in sections between 1981 and 1988, and formed a link between Blackburn and Burnley, two old mill towns in terminal decline. So much so that it was nicknamed ‘the motorway from nowhere, to nowhere’. Maybe the planners simply had their map upside down, but the rest of the motorway i.e….

#433 – The last days of Sunnyside Mills, Bolton

I happened on this article last week and decided to take some time to get a few photographs of this landmark mill tower before it disappeared. I got there just in time. Demolition contractors were on site and much of the rest of the mill had already gone. It’s a difficult place to photograph as…

#432 – Rossendale Mills – Albert Mill, Haslingden 5

I mentioned in my previous post about the east Lancashire mill towns being located in valleys or on hillsides. In some respects, it’s similar to the coal mines in the Welsh valleys – although in this instance it is geography rather than geology that dictated this. The textile industries initial growth was powered by water…