Category Archives: Photography

Longing to see something new

Why we take photographs is something for each photographer to answer in their own way, but it is often about self fulfilment and the urge to make something other people will appreciate. It  might also be about learning a skill as a means of building self esteem and achieving something. For many people it’s just… Read More »

Black Beck in Heber’s Ghyll Woods

Heber’s Ghyll Woods is about 10 minutes walk from our house. It’s a lovely walk up some steep steps beside a tumbling beck – Black Beck according to the map. You climb through trees and criss-cross the beck over a series of bridges leading up to the edge of the moor. In the last few weeks… Read More »

Complex Wood

I have taken out an online subscription to www.onlandscape.co.uk which is brilliant I have to say. On the site there is an interview with David Ward who’s work is terrific. In it he said he is always looking to simplify his images. I heard a similar thing from David Bailey who said he was always… Read More »

Cut is the branch

Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough, That sometime grew within this learned man. Faustus is gone; regard his hellish fall, Whose fiendfull fortune may exhort the wise Only to wonder at unlawful things, Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits To practise more than heavenly… Read More »

The wood is not yet dead

It doesn’t seem long since we were enjoying blossomy trees and children were playing amongst the bluebells. Now, life is retreating again and the sun is muted by washed out skies. The wood is not yet dead just preparing for rest, and this clearing is like a house strewn with the remains of a riotous party.… Read More »

Be nice if the CofE could do some proper brand advertising

It concerns me that the Church of England for whom I work sometimes equates the transfer of text based information with communication. A word written or read out loud is not the same as a word received. The written or spoken word in a religious context is often a kind of legal transaction which establishes… Read More »

Towards Addingham Moorside

Really nice to see the weather picking up again this weekend.  We’ve been for a walk towards Addingham and picked up this view.  It’s a really great spot looking towards Skipton and more directly to the right up Wharfedale. I love the way the patches of light sweep along the valley.

Waiting to be found

I am trying to be less calculating and rational about taking photos. There is a sense in which it is important to be found by an image rather than to search for it. It was something Simon Armitage said about writing poetry – about not thinking too much but allowing the words to find you.… Read More »

Close to home

Today, amongst other things, I had a conversation with a charity which has been producing some very professional video to promote its cause. These videos are produced centrally as generic promotions – by their head office somewhere.   This made me think that organisations that keep a tight reign on their corporate message, produce media… Read More »