No particular place to go…Keighley

I’m feeling a bit lost with my photography at the moment and I’m not sure why. The motivation and inspiration is lacking.

So, yesterday I decided to go for a wander into Keighley in West Yorkshire. Like many towns it has suffered through recession and lack of investment. Like many towns it also has good bits and bad bits.

I set off with one camera, my Fujifilm x-pro3 and one lens, the 23mm f2. I also set the camera to capture black and white jpeg images, using the Acros film simulation. It felt good to just walk around the streets, even though I knew the photos I was taking were not going to be anything special.

I’m glad I made myself go for that walk. It made me realise that the way to get the motivation and inspiration back is to just get out there and take photos, even if they do turn out to be pretty average!



Slightly later than usual perhaps but the blossom has finally arrived in Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Park.

Last year I didn’t bother with any blossom photos. To be honest it’s not really my thing. Anyway, today I succumbed to the charm of the blossom, so here are a few pics. .

Herzog inspired Zines

This week I took delivery of my fourth ‘Capturing Preston’ Zine. Each Zine features 52 photos from a year covering 2018-2021.

My inspiration for the Zines comes from Fred Herzog and his book Modern Color. In fact the design of my Zines and the layout closely mirrors the look of the book. I love the way Herzog captured the people and the city he photographed and it was that desire to be able to look back and see how things have changed that influenced my choice of photos. The difficult thing was keeping each Zine down to 52 photos but it seemed like a reasonable balance between cost and quality. I wanted to use a good quality paper and chose a matt-laminated cover for each Zine.

I’ve picked out a few photos (two from each Zine below) as examples. In a relatively short timeframe you can already see evidence of how Preston has changed.