The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt II

Whilst my last post demonstrated the upside of allowing the rules of creativity to guide your behaviour, this one certainly features some downs; quite literally. After a week of continuous rain I hadn't shot any pictures, and so made plans to photograph the outgoing tide at Sandsend near Whitby where old timbers create interesting patterns … Continue reading The Ups and Downs of Creativity Pt II

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Baytown

On the day that Bernardo Bertolucci died, one of the articles I read contrasted his and Marlon Brando's behaviour on the set of the notorious Last Tango in Paris, with a present day pairing of comparable stature; Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis.  Coincidence of course, but I'd spent a gloomy morning in Robin Hood's Bay on … Continue reading Baytown

Adventures in Modern Photography Part II

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

Gatesville NY*

You know you're in a town with a bit of history when you see street names ending in "gate". In Durham there's Framwellgate, Milburngate, Crossgate and Gilesgate for example. In the location I visited were a few more, including a pretty classy place for a fish and chip shop. Now you'd be forgiven for thinking … Continue reading Gatesville NY*

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

Life’s Simple Pleasures

With summer drawing to a close, at least as marked by the long school holiday, the seaside draws many to enjoy the last few days of sun and sand.  I'm also part of this throng, though the evidence elsewhere on this blog proves that I'm not simply a fair weather visitor. Bouncing from coast to coast as my … Continue reading Life’s Simple Pleasures

Back so soon Persephone?

After the thick mists which regularly obscured Watership Down at dawn last week, it felt as if, following an unusually warm summer, we were in for a more Keatsian autumn.  The trees and bushes are bent under the weight of abundant fruit, the leaves redden, and days grow shorter. The ancient Greeks (and several other … Continue reading Back so soon Persephone?