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Budapest communist cars

Budapest communist cars

Posted on Nov 18, 2015

During a recent trip to Budapest I came across a few old cars dating back to the days of communism. During this period, Hungarians had few choices when it came to car ownership, with Ladas, Trabants, Skodas and Fiats pretty much all you could get. The cars were very basic, pretty uninspiring and were incredibly […]

Alec Soth – Songbook

Alec Soth – Songbook

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

I came across Songbook a while back during a visit to the Village Bookstore in Leeds. This latest publication from Alec Soth, a photographer from Minneapolis examines life and communities in rural America. During the project, Soth assumed the role of community newspaper reporter and from 2012-2014 travelled state by state while working on his self-published […]

Northallerton Prison (words by Russ Thorne)

Northallerton Prison (words by Russ Thorne)

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

When it opened in 1788, Northallerton prison’s first inmates can have had little doubt as to society’s attitude towards them. Never mind that it was designed by John Carr – who also created Leeds’ grand Harewood House – this was the first custom built prison in the country and its purpose was clear in the […]

Confrontier by Kai Wiedenhöfer

Confrontier by Kai Wiedenhöfer

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

One of my favourite books of 2014. I was lucky enough to see the accompanying exhibition at Newcastle’s Side Gallery and was deeply moved with this extraodinary body of work. In 1989 Kai Wiedenhöfer photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall in his hometown. At the time, Wiedenhöfer, like many, believed this event would mark […]

Gasbehälter (Gasholder) by Bernd and Hilla Becher

Gasbehälter (Gasholder) by Bernd and Hilla Becher

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

German husband and wife team Bernd and Hilla Becher’s wonderful book Gasbehälter. The pair met as students in Dusseldorf in 1957 and began collaborating on photographing the disappearing German industrial landscape. Famous for their work on water towers, this book (published in 2002) looks at gasholders around Europe and is an absolute favourite of mine.

Andy Stott and Rainer Veil at Shipley’s Kirkgate Centre

Andy Stott and Rainer Veil at Shipley’s Kirkgate Centre

Posted on Oct 5, 2014

The brilliant Andy Stott with support by Rainer Veil at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley. Another thumping gig organised by the Golden Cabinet who are raising a few very respectful eyebrows in the electronica music scene.

Box of old slides found at a car boot sale in York

Box of old slides found at a car boot sale in York

Posted on Aug 7, 2014

Slides found at a car boot sale in York, UK. A real eclectic set of images taken during the 70’s and 80’s in Yorkshire and spanning about 20yrs.

Shit and Shine at Shipley for the Golden Cabinet

Shit and Shine at Shipley for the Golden Cabinet

Posted on Aug 3, 2014

Another great gig organised by Golden Cabinet in Shipley, Shit and Shine pounded out an amazing drum stomping set. It’s always a visual spectacle and a great atmosphere to take photos in. There’s also a Golden Cabinet promo video, it gives a good idea of how damn good the band is.

Tour De France – Le Grand Depart, Reeth, Yorkshire Dales

Tour De France – Le Grand Depart, Reeth, Yorkshire Dales

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

It was a real thrill to photograph and watch the opening stage of the Tour de France – known as le grand départ. I spent an amazing weekend in wonderful Reeth, a small village situated at the meeting point of the two most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales: Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, and about two thirds […]

Black Rock Run Kinghorn Fife Scotland

Black Rock Run Kinghorn Fife Scotland

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

I spent an amazing but exhausting couple of hours photographing the Black Rock ′5′ race in Kinghorn, Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. The five mile race starts in Kinghorn before the runners head down to the beach and proceed to loop around the Black Rock in the Firth of Forth near Burntisland. The […]