#488 – Manchester Mayfield Station 3

And so to the last few from Mayfield. Running the full length of the station and its platforms is a vast undercroft. Many old Victorian stations have these vast underground areas, some of which are accessible and in use some aren’t. For example, the area under Manchester Central – the former Manchester Central station –…

#487 – Manchester Mayfield Station 2

After closure, the site remained in Railway ownership and has been used as a location for numerous TV series. In 2005 it was hit by a fire, and in 2013 the majority of the huge roof structure was removed due to it being unsafe. A small section of framework was kept in place, probably to…

#486 – Manchester Mayfield Station 1

Manchester Mayfield Railway Station (NOT ‘train station’ please, we’re not in America), is the largest derelict space in Manchester, a remarkable feat given that it’s been abandoned for over 30 years. It’s even more remarkable when you consider the extraordinary amount of development that has happened in Manchester since the infamous bomb in 1996. Mind…

#485 – Rockets, Missiles and a corner of Cumbria

It was something of a surprise to me to learn that in the 1960’s, Britain had an advanced rocket program that was looking to launch rockets into space. Though my interest in aviation, I knew of the Blue Streak ballistic missile program which was cancelled but didn’t make the obvious leap to think of it’s…

#484 – Beehive Mills, Bolton

OK it’s a visual cliche, but it’s a scene that will soon vanish. Beehive Mills, a grade 2 listed twin mill in Bolton will soon be demolished for more housing, so I thought it prudent to go and have a look while I still could. The first mill was built in 1895 with the second…

#483 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 4

One thing I’ve only really touched on in my previous posts is image selection. I mentioned in my first post that I had a much smaller body of work to choose from than previous exhibitions due to the exhibition covering just two mills. And although Bailey Mill remains one of my favourite explores from a…

#482 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 3

OK, so it’s been a while since I posted on this, but I’ve been very busy with other stuff, so let’s pick it up again. Layout I’d previously visited the museum and measured the gallery space. What I always do when laying out any portfolio, book or exhibition, is to get a load of small…

#481 – A new look to the blog!

After four years of the last template, I’ve decided to have a refresh of the site as WordPress have some interesting new ones available – I hope you like it! It’s less noticeable on mobile devices, you very much need to see it on a desktop or laptop to appreciate it. I’ve also taken the…

#480 – Millscapes Exhibition Preparation 2

Due to the quantity of mounts involved, I decided that cutting my own would take too long (it’s a laborious task) , so I decided to buy pre-cut mounts. I meant to order single mounts but as I was in a hurry to order them (during a 5 minute lunch break between meetings….) I ended…

#479 – Millscapes exhibition preparation

A few of the prints I’ll be mounting and framing this weekend and over the next week….. So there’s a couple of weeks to go before I set up the Millscapes exhibition at Saddleworth Museum, and I thought I’d do a post on the preparation. Unlike my previous exhibitions, this one contains photographs from just…