• Saddleworth Brass Band Contest

    I don’t think of myself as a street photographer, but when the opportunity arises, anything goes as far as photography is concerned. Inspired by my friend Kerstin Arnemann, whose monochrome work is wonderful and who is currently doing a street photography project, I decided to try a little monochrome street photography myself. Last evening’s Saddleworth Band Contest gave me the excuse to get out with my camera and see what I could capture. Unfortunately, the rain came heavy and constant after our first few minutes in the high street, requiring John to dash off to the rescue to buy a plastic shopping bag to cover my camera (note to self not to forget…

  • Southport Open Exhibition of Photography

    Southport Exhibition of Photography 2015 This year, Southport Photographic Society are celebrating their 68th Annual Open Exhibition of Photography, run under the auspices of the BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions). I feel that I have had a great affinity for Southport Photographic Society for many years and I hope that I am seen as a friend of the club by their members. Southport was one of the first clubs where I judged a regular photographic competition and one of the first where I delivered a lecture, back in what now seems to be the mist of time and it was the first BPE Exhibition of Photography that I entered, the first…

  • End of Year round up of some of my favourite images from 2014

    My end of the year round up is a selection of some of the pictures I have enjoyed making the most over the past year. To share their blushes, I have left out family portraits…naturally they would be at the very top of the list – pictures that bring back memories of the events of the year, from the birthday of my grand-daughter in January to the birth of my second grandson in July and the birthday of my first grandson in November – moments to treasure…along with the photos of my father with his new great-grandson only a week before he suffered a stroke which took his life. These…

  • Raiding the Back Catalogue

    Working with a candidate for the PAGB Awards, as a mentor, I was impressed when he pulled out some good images from his back catalogue of some years; pictures that we hadn’t so far considered. I guess we all have pictures that we take and never do anything with? So, in an idle moment, I had a look through a shoot I did two or three years ago with Mike Lawrence at Haslingden Hall in Cheshire. Haslingden Hall is a Tudor Mansion which is now used as a Hotel. We had access to the hotel for a day in February, working mainly in a freezing marquee in the grounds. The…

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