• Iconic Yorkshire,  Photography

    Fountains Abbey

    Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years becoming one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII. The abbey is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and part of the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent abbey and its grounds is the setting for the latest leg in my Iconic Yorkshire series.

  • Photography

    Leeds Festival 2019

    I would dearly love to say that I was an official event photographer for this year's Leeds Festival at Bramham Park. But alas, I need to keep dreaming that one day that dream might become a reality, and I might well be one of those lucky souls who wandered round in the sweltering heat with their high-viz jackets on and that prized "official photographer" lanyard round their necks. Well, one has to dream, doesn't one? So instead, in my capacity as unofficial photographer, I was forced to take my trusty Panasonic Lumix as I wouldn't have been allowed to take the EOS 5D. The zoom on the Lumix is impressive…

  • Iconic Yorkshire,  Photography

    Bolton Abbey

    The third installment of my Iconic Yorkshire series is the idyllic Bolton Abbey. Set on the banks of the River Wharfe, the abbey boasts a ruined priory and a plethora of walking and rambling routes. The peak of Simon's Seat, the Strid section of the Wharfe and the hidden gem Posforth Gill Force are the main photographic attractions,  and one could spend days photographing this lovely setting. It was a perfect opportunity for me to get more practice using the Big Stopper to do some long exposures, which is quickly becoming a favourite aspect of my photography. I hope you enjoy the photos, please feel free to leave feedback. Click…

  • Iconic Yorkshire,  Photography

    Arthington Viaduct

    For the second shoot in the series Iconic Yorkshire, I returned to the village of Arthington, where I happily spent my childhood. Arthington has always been my spiritual home, so it was not a difficult decision to chose the viaduct as the next stop in the series. I know that the previous shoot, Knaresborough, was also a bridge, and a river. But this is a different bridge, and a different river. And I happen to like bridges and rivers, and I am becoming rather partial to long exposures too. I want to say a special hello to the lovely couple and their super little dog who were also photographing at…

  • Iconic Yorkshire,  Photography

    Knaresborough Viaduct

    I cannot think of a better place to start my Iconic Yorkshire project than a place I have wanted to shoot for a long time now – the stunning Knaresborough Viaduct. Here are a selection of photos from the shoot, I hope you like them. Please note, I have posted relatively low-res images here on purpose. In the event that I do actually take a shot that someone deems decent enough to want, I have tried to cover my interests. Any image in this series and indeed on the whole site may be purchased as a quality print, please feel free to contact me for pricing. (Print sales available through…

  • Iconic Yorkshire,  Photography

    New Project Upcoming

    Due to one reason or another, unfortunately my photography has taken a bit of a backstep recently. Some valid reasons, some not-so-valid. But I am aiming to put that right with a new project! I seem to have got my inspiration back, not too sure where from but I’m not complaining.  So, a new project is afoot. Exploring iconic landmarks and scenes from my beautiful home county Yorkshire (the best county!) I aim to put my own stamp on some famous, and some not-so-famous places from around this magnificent, majestic county. Here’s a small snippet of the things I have in mind: (lots more to follow) Knaresborough Arthington Viaduct Scaleber…

  • Travel

    Vilnius, Lithuania

    A few pictures from the Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Main Square Vilnius Park Vilnius boasts some fabulous architecture: St Anne's Church Stained Glass Window But perhaps none as beautiful as the magnificent cathedral: Vilnius Cathdral A short bus ride to quaint Trakai was the agenda for the next full day, and was well worth the trip for the splendid castle: View from the bridge Courtyard East side of castle Frozen lake in front of castle I simply cannot write this post without a mention to the superb Vilnius Cat Cafe. As cat lovers, this was indeed a highlight for us, and a special mention goes to the staff and owners…

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