Hackneyed?

On my short exploration of the parts of England that I don't usually reach I eventually arrived at Hackney, and Sutton House.  Now Hackney is not just a place-name, without the capitalisation it is defined here as Middle English: probably from Hackney in East London, where horses were pastured. The term originally denoted an ordinary riding … Continue reading Hackneyed?

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From Liverpool to Liverpool Street

The juxtaposition was unintended when I shot these images, but having written about the problems of a scheme to transform the Liverpool skyline with shiny skyscrapers, I have a set of images that I captured outside Liverpool Street Station in London... of shiny skyscrapers. There was one in particular that I came to shoot; the … Continue reading From Liverpool to Liverpool Street

A Dying Breed?

There have been a couple of recent reports in the media that resonated with me due to a set of pictures I took on my recent travels in Liverpool. The first related to a threatened withdrawal of the city's UNESCO world heritage status.  The international organisation usually describes sites as at risk when they are … Continue reading A Dying Breed?

Hope Street

It might seem a little greedy to have not one, but two cathedrals that are each architectural masterpieces in the same city, but Liverpool takes it further by siting them on the same street with just half a mile between them. Technically the Anglican building's address is St James' Mount, but head south on Hope … Continue reading Hope Street

Old Sites With New Eyes

I have on occasions been rather disparaging about my home city of Sunderland, particularly in relation to its attempts at public art. (Remember Ambit anyone?) So when the North East Photographic Network mailed me about an event they were running as part of the BBC's Get Creative project, I felt I should be open-minded enough to go along. … Continue reading Old Sites With New Eyes

The Trees Above The Rabbit Hole

My recent visits to Manchester Cathedral and Hexham Abbey culminated in my waxing lyrical about the woodwork, whether intricately carved or beautifully painted. In Ripon Cathedral too, the wooden structures were the ones that generated the greatest fascination. This isn't entirely a coincidence. There are misericords again (over 30) and they were carved over a … Continue reading The Trees Above The Rabbit Hole