Head Above the Clouds on Ilkley Moor

Cloud inversion settled over the Lower Wharedale Valley

 

It's a dark, foggy Monday morning. The kind of morning that makes everything feel like a drag, even, no especially, getting out of bed.

 

Despite the dull, dank start to the day and a touch of man flu, I force myself up and out of the house. Commuters have already begun their autonomous walk to the train station. As I drive passed these shadowy figures, draped in murky cloud, I start praying that my hunch is correct.

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New Woodland Walk Abstract Phoodle

A new abstract taken on a woodland walk...

Woodland walk abstract photo


David Bowie of the Bird World... Coming to a Town near You!

 

I'm standing in Ilkley Town centre on a Saturday afternoon. I have the train station to one side of me and the bus station on the other and I'm carrying a rather large and conspicuous lens around my neck. This is not the kind of situation I envisaged when I began my love affair with wildlife photography.

It seems at the age of thirty five I have finally relinquished any notion of being cool and have plummeted to the lowly ranks of looking like a train and/or bus spotter. But there’s something these passers by, with their quizzical, puzzled and slightly pitying expressions don’t know. They don't realise that the berry laden trees which divide the bus and train station are a prime location for spotting the David Bowie of the Bird World… The Waxwing!
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January's Photo Book: Byker Revisited

Byker revisited by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen in book of the month

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Byker Revisted

If you were a child of the 90's you might already be aware of Newcastle's Byker District. Maybe, like me, you also reveal your age by referring to ITV's most celebrated duo as "PJ & Duncan" too!

Whenever I'm in London I always try and visit one or two galleries. Actually, that's true of most paces I go! But back in November I down in London and keen to checkout Tate Modern's new extension aka the Switch House. While doing so I stumbled upon several photos of Byker, taken by photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.
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Photo Walk Through the Turner Prize... With a 2 Year Old

So you think Trump and Brexit are divisive subjects? Try reading the comments board of the Turner Prize!

While it may feel like discussion over Brexit and Trump have been going on forever, the UK’s most famous (or infamous) art prize is an old hand at peddling controversy and polarising opinion.

I have my own history with The Turner prize and it seems to have serendipitously played a role in some of the more significant moments in my life... Read more


2016: In Light of Kids & Dogs

Toddler on the neach at Saltburn by the Sea

What can I say about 2016 that hasn't already been said, argued, analysed, chewed up and spat out again?

It has certainly felt like a defining year. I've had a really prolific and creative year, have experienced some truly magical moments with friends and family, but it's also been a tough year, where I've experienced some hard and unfamiliar challenges.
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The Healing Waters of Gordale Beck

Janet's Foss Waterfall landscape in late autumn

It's 5.30am on a Friday, I haven't slept very well, I haven't slept very well all week. My wife and two year old boy are asleep in the same bed after an unsettled and at times fractious night. I lightly kiss them both on the cheek and forehead, grab my camera bag and head downstairs. Our Lurcher Alfie is awake and happy to see me, he seems keen for an adventure. I hesitate for a second and then slip his collar on; it will be nice to have some company that is oblivious to the seismic changes our world seems intent on.  Read more


Winds of Change

Panorama from the Chevin

September was hot. The hottest September since 1911 in fact. October has been pretty hot too but in the last week or so we've started to see those warm South Westerly breezes give way to the chillier North Easterlies. This development has sparked a change in more than just our wardrobe! Read more