#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…

#335 – theviewfromthenorth.org Backbarrow Pictures on the BBC

I was approached by the BBC asking for permission to use 6 of my photographs of Backbarrow Ironworks in a story they were doing. Only two were used in the end, better than nowt I guess. The Ironworks site has been sold and some of the vacant land is going to be used for a holiday village,…

#149 – Accidental Landscapes Part 2

One from a couple of years back when I was on the way back from Grove Rake mine. If memory serves me correctly, this was the road down from Alston into the Eden Valley, and as I drive down the winding road, I was treated to some spectacular views. Unfortunately, there are precious few places…

#43 – the importance of a good title

When entering photographs into competitions, especially ‘open’ (i.e. unthemed) ones, it is critical to choose a great title for your entry. A good title can make the difference between a judge (or any viewer) looking at the image and thinking ‘I don’t know what the photographer is trying to say!’, or thinking ‘Ah, I get it’….