It's a pity that global warming is the culprit, but something remarkable has happened in the UK and we've had a real summer (and it's still only July at the time of writing). At the risk of sounding ungrateful, this has had the effect of rendering almost everywhere I've been pleasurable and photogenic, with … Continue reading Foss & Nonsense
Dear National Trust On my recent visit to Hardwick Hall I wanted to get a photograph that included both the shell of the old hall and the Elizabethan structure that superseded it, but of course the topography of the site, combined with the plentiful trees makes that virtually impossible from the ground. Which is why … Continue reading TA & the NT. An Open Letter.
For centuries England had been ruled by kings, and then Henry VIII produced two daughters who would each sit on the throne. Mary's rein was relatively short and largely forgotten by many but for her persecution of religious dissenters. Her sister Elizabeth's era is legendary by comparison. She was an exceptional woman. And yet there … Continue reading The Second Elizabeth.
America's Route 66 may be one of the most famous highways in the world (thanks in no small part to Nat King Cole and others who have covered Bob Troup's song over the last 70+ years), but England has its own cross-country highway, and one with a considerably longer history. The A66, like its namesake … Continue reading Get your clicks (on Route 66)
When you visit a museum that incorporates items of military history such as Les Invalides in Paris, or less romantically the Royal Armouries in Leeds, then you're likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer volumes of weaponry and armour on display there, and picture huge forces of well prepared men whose equipment glinted in the … Continue reading Pennyman
So what's so special about Port Mulgrave that I should risk life and limb to reach it? (An exaggeration I know, but I could easily have turned back.) That's a question that would have been very easy to answer 150 years ago when the little port was a very different place to now, as can … Continue reading Adventures in Modern Photography Part II
Whenever one of my photographs has received any sort of special recognition on the site ViewBug, I am asked to complete a short biographical questionnaire about the image and my approach to photography, and one of the questions asked is: What do you carry in your camera bag? I must confess that I find the … Continue reading Adventures in Modern Photography Part I