Victim of Prejudice

The town of Blyth has a long history, going back at least as far as the 12th century. Finds from the Neolithic era have been found nearby, though that in itself is no evidence of a settlement.  All the same it should be exactly the sort of place that appeals to me, especially when you … Continue reading Victim of Prejudice


Sand and Sea (and a Little Spell of Sunshine) (SOS)

Beach holiday or city break? One of the decisions that any travel agent might require of a prospective client, but for the indecisive Barcelona is the obvious solution. Most great European cities have a connection to the sea, but few are as close as Barcelona.  London makes do with the mighty Thames. Historically Ancient Rome … Continue reading Sand and Sea (and a Little Spell of Sunshine) (SOS)

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

I wasn't sure what to call this post - "clinging to the wreckage", "penal solitude""epilogue" "heart of darkness" and more occurred, but let me explain why.  A while ago I blogged about an unsatisfactory visit to Saltwick Bay, but what I revealed in that post was only part of the story. For the last couple … Continue reading Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Caught Nabbing

I'm sure it happens to plenty of photographers.  You happen upon an interesting location.  You weigh up the possibilities and make decisions about angle, composition, exposure, depth of field, and more. The image on the back of the camera looks acceptable so you move on, but then you upload it for processing and find something … Continue reading Caught Nabbing

Public Image

This is me. The one on the right. If you've known me for a while you'll know that I've been lucky enough not to change too much with the passage of time. The hair grows slightly thinner. The hairline eases further back. The few grey hairs multiply, but only slowly. My skin is losing its … Continue reading Public Image

A Dog’s Life?

It couldn't last could it? Many of the images I've posted from English coastal locations this summer have benefited from blue skies and sunshine.  Even those where the skies were overcast were at least free of precipitation.  Whatever happened to the fabled English summer? There was however a sting in the tail when the last weekend … Continue reading A Dog’s Life?

Another Look

I've gone coast to coast, just to contemplate Joni Mitchell - Blue Motel Room No sooner had I basked in the Sandsend sunshine than it was time for me to return to Bootle, where the nearest interesting stretch of sand is to be found at Crosby, the beach where Antony Gormley's work Another Place stands … Continue reading Another Look