#541 – Review of the decade – 2010

The start of a new decade brings with it a certain degree of reflection, mainly along the lines of ‘f**k me where have the last eleven years gone’. Over the Christmas period I noticed that the papers and other media are full of reviews of the decade, so, slave to convention that I am, I…

#537- My next exhibition – The Industrial Tourist at Astley Hall, Chorley

I am pleased to announce that my next photographic exhibition will open on 16th November in Astley Hall in my adopted home town of Chorley. As usual this will be my usual Monochrome photographs of mongy old mills, derelict mines, beached ships and various other industrial artefacts that litter the northern landscape. It opens at…

#511 – Pincroft Dyers

Lancashire 1938? No, 2018. It looks like polluting black smoke emerging from the chimney, but it’s actually just steam, the vignette I’ve applied has had the effect of darkening the vapour. This is Pincroft Dyers is one of the few remains of  Lancashire’s once dominant textile industry. I spoke to one of the shift managers…

#386 – Mill Lodge and Chimney

There’s not many factory chimneys left in Lancashire, and very few of those are actually still used. This one at Pincroft Dyers in Adlington near Chorley is one of the few exceptions, and is one of the few remaining printers and dyers left in the area. Other than the cladding on the buildings, this scene…

#359 – Mechanical Landscapes Gallery Exhibition Now Open!

  After too many late nights and a lot of blood sweat and tears, my first exhibition opened today at my local independent bookshop, the delightful Ebb and Flo in Chorley. It’s only 12 framed A3 photographs, but the exhibition space is somewhat small and probably couldn’t take many more, so I’ve gone for quality…

#301 – Closing forever

Multipart, Pilling Lane, Chorley, May 2007 As part of the once-vast British Leyland empire, the huge Pilling Lane site in Chorley was a distribution centre for Multipart, BL’s spares arm. In the early 80’s large amounts of money were spent on the site making it into a state of the art facility according to contemporary…

#297 – Ratten Clough Barn, Brinscall

I used to live in the village of Brinscall, a small slightly industrial village on the edge of Chorley. It’s notable primarily for its swimming pool, an unusual facility for a rural village with a small population, but you’d be surprised at how many people I meet who claim to have learnt how to swim…

#288 – Big Wheel

Ever since The London Eye brought Ferris Wheels back into vogue in the UK, they’ve been popping up all over the place in the UK. Manchester has had one semi-permanently in the Triangle for some years (although not this year), as have other large towns and cities, so I was quite surprised to see one…

#269 – Mechanical Funscape 2

These images are variations on the same theme as the image in the last post. As before, the black and white treatment has brought out the texture of the slightly corroded, painted surfaces of the steelwork. By removing the distraction of colour, the shapes are now far more prominent as are things like the repeating…