Drawing a line

2013 is a year of looking forward, new people, new places, new challenges, new life and maybe new moments of magic and beauty, so with that in mind here is the last look over the shoulder at 2012 and the people I met along the way...



Ok. January 1st. A time of looking forward, resolutions and new starts. 12 months ago I was beginning a project to photograph a different portrait every day, and of course ultimately i failed. The project became overarching, and on a laptop that struggled to process even a single edit per photograph was way too time … Continue reading Recrudescence

Lumley Autumnly

As I was in Birtley this morning, I followed the road into the adjoining town of Chester-le-Street, probably best known to those outside the North East as the home of Durham County Cricket Club.  Their ground has a picturesque location on the banks of the River Wear, so it was here that I headed for … Continue reading Lumley Autumnly

Mirror, mirror, like a wall

Fulwell, where I grew up, is dominated by the great white limestone guardian that is Fulwell Mill. It stands on a hill looking down the mile or so that runs down to the sea, a position it has held for over 200 years, though it is a long time since it has operated commercially. In … Continue reading Mirror, mirror, like a wall


Fancy a little secluded slice of paradise? For just £2.4 million you could buy your own Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Too pricey? Well then only £1.7m will get you 12 acres of beach-front in St Lucia. Still a little rich for your pocket? Half an acre of virgin land on Mayreu in the … Continue reading Private

Scratching the Groyne Itch

From an aerial view, the mouth of the River Tyne looks like the head of an enormous sperm; the river forming the tail behind the pointed bulge created by the two long sweeping piers that stretch out from Tynemouth and South Shields.  At the end of each pier stands a lighthouse to guide shipping between … Continue reading Scratching the Groyne Itch

Hang on to your hat!

Early in the film Unfaithful, Diane Lane's character does battle with gale force winds in New York City. Whilst this fictional storm is as nothing compared to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it is enough to cause Miss Lane some problems with her dress (shame!) and ultimately blow her quite literally into falling for Olivier … Continue reading Hang on to your hat!