Roadside Abstracts

I was killing a bit of time last night waiting for a friend to arrive for our evening at the Anthony Burgess Foundation for the launch of their new exhibition Rome in the Rain.  I had thought to bring my camera and was very pleased indeed to find a row of hoardings around one of the…

Slow Shutter Cam Photos on iPhone

I love to take photos from the windows of a car.  No, not when I’m driving (although I confess to trying that too, in stationary traffic anyway), but when I’m a passenger and there are some interesting colours going on outside.  It’s easy to experiment with a DSLR as you can manually set all the…

Manchester as Film Location.

Manchester is becoming increasingly popular as a film location.  The dramatic town hall has been used for many years as a stand in for the interior of Houses of Parliament.  Not so long ago it had a starring role in The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep (which amusingly crashed a real life Mancunian wedding), Ripper…

Welcome back Manchester Central Library!

I’ve always loved libraries, almost every Saturday when I was little involved going to one library or another with my father to stock up on reading material for both of us.  Both voracious readers we could spend many happy hours browsing, reading and enjoying the peaceful calm which surrounds spaces of many books.  The library…

Adventures in South Manchester Food Shopping

Here’s my impressive haul from my epic local food shopping expedition today.  Looks lovely doesn’t it? It all came about as my main course tonight, Ottolenghi’s Braised Lamb with Maftoul and Chickpeas required me to search out a single new ingredient.  When you’ve cooked as many of Yotam Ottolenghi’s delicious recipes as I have, you…

Underground Walking Tours Photos

My Underground Walking Tours photos which I shot way back in freezing cold February have finally gone live and been published!  They’re in two publications, the first is The Guide, the national trade magazine for the Institute of Tourist Guiding and features my pictures of Sue Grimditch of New Manchester Tours in the massive underground…

Manchester Streetart Finds

It was pretty much the first day of decent weather here in Manchester yesterday and it was a pleasure to wander the Northern Quarter and environs without hunching and huddling from the bitter wind. While not a prizewinning day for photos I did find a few little street treats worth snapping. Here they are:

Smile, You Are Beatuful!

This is my best find from Jubilee Monday in Manchester. I know it’s not actually celebrating Her Majesty’s glorious sixty years, but pictures of crowds and jollity really aren’t my thing! (I may pick a couple of those to post later just to show willing!).

Manchester Photo Walk

I had a great walk with a friend round the really grotty bits of Manchester last week, we hadn’t planned to to out which meant that I didn’t have my ‘proper’ camera with me and only had my iPhone.  I’ve never gone out specifically to take pictures armed with just my phone so decided that…

Found in the Park

I went for a short run in my local park on Saturday morning, it’s called Alexandra Park and is one of those massive Victorian parks which you find in cities in the UK.  These parks must have been fantastic in their prime with all of the beautiful flower beds, mature trees, playing fields and the…

The Glamour of Manchester

I know that Manchester isn’t exactly the prettiest or most glamorous of cities, but it has it’s moments.  I never seem to capture these moments, I have hardly any ‘nice’ pictures of my home town.  Perhaps I should set myself an assignment to take some pictures which make Manchester look appealing! I was trawling through…