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A few notes on self-publishing my new photography book – This Land

A few notes on self-publishing my new photography book – This Land

Posted on Aug 4, 2017

A few years ago I finished a project looking at cowboys and the landscape of the American west. I’d always envisaged getting the work published as a book with a mainstream publisher, but time, resources and the odd rejection letter got the better of me so I decided to put it on the back burner […]

Eilean Glas Lighthouse Scalpay, The Outer Hebrides

Eilean Glas Lighthouse Scalpay, The Outer Hebrides

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

The Eilean Glas Lighthouse has had an fascinating past but unfortunately now has an uncertain future. The original building of 1789 was replaced in 1824 by Robert Stevenson. This beautiful lighthouse, along with outbuildings and cottages for its keepers and families remained fully manned up until 1978 when it became automated. Soon afterwards it was […]

The Isle of Scalpay nr Harris, The Outer Hebrides

The Isle of Scalpay nr Harris, The Outer Hebrides

Posted on Jan 11, 2017

After a long walk round the Isle of Scalpay on New Years Day, I eventually arrived at the very small village of Ardinashaig just as the sun was setting. It rains a lot in the Western Isles but on this occasion I was blessed with an amazing calm evening. I managed to take a few […]

The first ever truly Scottish beer

The first ever truly Scottish beer

Posted on Oct 14, 2016

For the past year or so St Andrews Brewery in Fife, Scotland has been trying to produce a truly Scottish beer using water, yeast, barley & hops sourced or grown only in Scotland. The water, yeast and barley can easily be locally sourced but growing hops is notoriously difficult in more northerly climates, brewers in […]

Maraid Design Portrait

Maraid Design Portrait

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

It was great to be asked by Maraid Design to do their portrait. The brief was: ‘We like origami animal heads, the colour green & stripey socks’. So after a couple of experimental sessions I decided to go for a two frame animation. It took a while to get it right but with a little […]

Morris Dancers National Day of Dance in York

Morris Dancers National Day of Dance in York

Posted on Apr 25, 2016

Over 50 Morris dance groups took to the streets of York dancing at various locations all within the city walls. This event takes place in a different part of the country each year and shows the variety of styles, traditions, costumes and music that make up Morris dancing. This year it was hosted by Minster […]

Making beer barrels in Wetherby with England’s last Master Cooper.

Making beer barrels in Wetherby with England’s last Master Cooper.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016

Alastair Simms, a Master Cooper based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire is the last remaining Master Cooper in England. A job he thought would die a death after he retires in a few years, but as luck would have it, the recent surge in microbreweries has kept him pretty busy – so much so that he’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.