I recently visited Lindisfarne Priory. Set on Holy Island off the Northumberland coast (it was the Romans who first called it Insula Sacra), there is something quite otherworldly about the ruins. Part of what makes Lindisfarne so ethereal is that Holy Island is not quite an island. As Sir Walter Scott put it in his poem Marmion, For, with the flow and ebb its stile Varies from continent to isle At high tide, Holy Island is an island. But at […]
When I was first in Orford, it was forbidden to approach ‘the island’, but now there was no longer any obstacle to going there, since, some years before, the Ministry of Defence had abandoned secret research at that site. One of the men sitting idly on the harbour wall offered to take me over for a few pounds and fetch me later after I had had a look around. As we crossed the river in his blue-painted boat, he […]
It may be blasphemous for a Lancastrian to say so, but I love the landscape of Yorkshire, of bleak fells and pastoral valleys, of limestone and millstone grit, of viaducts and ruined abbeys. So, on the weekend that the Tour de France winds its way up hill and down Yorkshire dale, a portrait of the Yorkshire fells. The landscapes are mainly around Littondale and Malham, the sheep shearing is near Kettlewell, the viaduct is Ribbleshead, on a sunny day and a […]
This is an extraordinary night sky video made by the US photographer Thomas O’Brien out of half a million images he took over a period of seven years and stitched together using the LRTimelapse software. It is hypnotic, haunting and strikingly beautiful. And do check out Thomas O’Brien’s website, his time-lapse films and his Flickr account.
I love marshlands. Big skies, vast horizons, stretched perspectives, forgotten history recorded in lost villages and abandoned buildings, bleakness and beauty, natural and human, intertwined. These are photos from three marshes in southern England – the Norfolk Broads, mainly along the River Ant, the Romney Marshes in Kent, and the Isles of Sheppey and Grain along the Thames estuary. More photos are on my photography website Light Infusion and on Flickr and 500px. . The Norfolk Broads . The Romney Marshes […]
Reflections are to photography almost as metaphors are to writing. They help reframe the subject, and act, literally and figuratively, as distorting mirrors, allowing one to play with form and colour. So, some reflections on water, glass and stone. For more, check out my new photography website/project Light Infusion.
The architecture of London’s Southbank has always divided opinion. As brutalism goes, I can think of much better examples. Yet viewed through the camera lens rather than the human eye, there is something quite striking, even beautiful, about its concrete starkness.
It was a glorious day in London yesterday, a perfect excuse to have a wander through the City. There are few places in which architecture ancient and modern is so jumbled together. I stumbled across a little space that I never knew existed. St Dunstan in the East is a church originally built in the eleventh century, and rebuilt by Christopher Wren after it had been damaged in the Great Fire of London. It was bombed and almost destroyed during […]
Painters have long loved the light of the Mediterranean – think of Cézanne and Chagall, Braque and Bonnard, Matisse and Picasso. Photographers, too. The light imbues something almost painterly to photographs. These were all taken on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The first set was taken from the island of MlJet, mostly as dusk falls. The second is of Dubrovnik at night. A fading light
A weekend of glorious sun in London and I’m almost nostalgic for the misery of the previous eight months of rain and hail and wind and fog. More than once during that time I was reminded of the T-Bone Walker song: They call it Stormy Monday But Tuesday’s just as bad. They call it Stormy Monday But Tuesday’s just as bad. Lord, and Wednesday’s worse And Thursday’s all so sad. Not to worry, the rain returns tomorrow. So, in celebration […]