My pictures feature in Sir Simon Jenkins’ new book

A little while ago I was asked to take some photographs by Penguin Random House publishers for a new book about railway station architecture. The book is called ‘Britains’s 100 Best Railway Stations’ by Simon Jenkins.

The photographs I was asked to take are of Preston and Penrith stations and it was great to receive a copy of the book earlier this week. I’m not a railway buff but I have been dipping in and out of it over the last few days. It is really interesting and there are some great pics of course! I’ve learnt a bit about Preston station too. Apparently, during the boom years, Preston had no fewer than five separate railway companies and five stations, only merged into one in 1879.

For anyone interested in architecture or the railways, this is a fantastic Christmas present. Here are a few of the pics I took of Preston and Penrith Stations.



A visit to Blackpool Illuminations

I usually try and get to see Blackpool Illuminations at least once a year and earlier this week I made it to the famous Promenade. The illuminations help to bring tourists into the resort at the end of the season and no doubt provide much needed extra income for the town but it was surprisingly quiet.

The modern day illuminations make good use of LED technology with constantly changing colours and pictures. I wonder what the visitors from 1879, when the illuminations commenced, would make of it today?


A final farewell from the White Helmets

After 90 years thrilling crowds at events around the country, the Royal Signals White Helmets performed their last ever public display at the Preston Military Show.

The team thrilled onlookers at Fulwood Barracks in the city, showing off their skills on motorbikes which will now be auctioned off.

The team was originally founded in 1927 to show off the skills required by Royal Signals’ soldiers.

All the images here were captured using the Fuji X-T2 with 50-140mm lens. Click on any image to view slideshow.

A few family photos

Another weekend taking family photos and I’ve again picked out a few black and white versions to share on my blog.

These pictures feature cousins Alexander and Jude and were all taken on a short visit to Yeadon Tarn Park in Yorkshire and then in a local cafe as the weather worsened.



A family portrait session

At the weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a set of family portraits of Danielle, Tom and young Archie who recently turned one. We had an hour or so in Preston’s Avenham and Miller Park and was fortunate in that it was a beautiful morning for pictures. Archie was a brilliant model and was so good, though by the end of the session I think he was happy to see his pram for a much needed snooze.

In total, I ended up sending over 80 photographs from the session. I’ve picked out just four pictures here to share on the blog. I’ve changed these photos to black and white versions, but I think they work just as well in monochrome as colour!