Author Archives: Mark

About Mark

Mark Waddington is a former BBC broadcaster and producer. He now works for the Diocese of Leeds as Urban Mission Officer. If you would like to get in touch email mark.waddington@leeds.anglican.org

What does integration mean in Bradford?

I’ve come from and interesting gathering in Bradford to talk about the government’s integration strategy. The group was made up of muslim women, people representing refugee communities, disability groups, council leaders – in fact an impressively diverse range of people representing Bradford communities. These are my unedited notes. The first question to the group what… Read More »

Blue, green and gold.

It’s not often the sun shines on a bank holiday weekend. Ilkley was as busy as ever today with crowds flocking to the riverside carnival. The woods were quiet which was surprising as the Bluebells are at their best. Taking pictures of Bluebells is quite tricky. Often the blue is wrong or they are so… Read More »

Saltaire Arts Trail and creative legacy of the Bradford mills

Today we went to the Saltaire Arts Trail. The arts trail is wonderful and captures the spirit of creativity and craft skills on which the city of Bradford was built. The houses are opened up as art galleries and organised as a trail. This event is deeply associated with the identity and history of Saltaire. If… Read More »

Stonegate Listening

I am sitting in the beautiful little church of Stonegate in the heart of historic York. I don’t have a camera with me so you will just have to imagine. Ancient architecture darkened with time but enriched with a sense of history. Outside there is a busker sininging ave maria operatic style. It is a… Read More »

Place and Memory

I love the mood of the late afternoon when there’s no-one around. Everyone has gone home and the light is fading. It becomes a private space for slowing down and taking notice of the smallest detail. The pool of light in the sky and the soft shadows in the snow, the gently muted colours. There… Read More »

Removing the filters

There’s been a lot written about seeing. On the face of it the act of seeing seems quite straight forward, but the state of mind that allows us to actually notice what’s in front of us is the point of interest. The discipline of Contemplative Photography draws on the idea that we can see both conceptually… Read More »