Beyond Limits – American Sculpture

In this, my second blog post from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, I am featuring a few photographs taken in the grounds of this magnificent house. The photos are of sculptures that feature in this year’s Beyond Limits exhibition. There are some thought provoking sculptures on display – some good thoughts, some not so good but check them out and see what you think.

As well as the American Sculptures, Chatsworth has many of its own art works on display in the grounds too and it all helps to make a visit just that little bit more interesting than many historic properties you can pay to visit.

The American Sculpture exhibition features 22 art works, though one has been removed and appears to have been replaced by a garden chair! You can view Beyond Limits – American Sculptures until 12 November.

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And the one that appears to have been replaced by a garden chair is possibly the best of the lot!



‘House Style’ fashion at Chatsworth

We visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire this week to catch the ‘House Style’, fashion exhibition before it closes.

The exhibition celebrates five centuries of fashion through art, jewellery, design, textiles and costumes. Garments from many of the world’s best known designers are on display including Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

The show also features personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. For anyone interested in fashion, it’s a must-see exhibition which hopefully, you will already have visited.

The exhibition closes on the 22nd October but here are a few photos from our visit.

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In Pictures: PNE Ladies-v-Cammell Laird Ladies

A slow start to the game from PNE Ladies cost them dear today as they conceded four first half goals in a mad 10 minute period.

It was only then, when the game had all but disappeared that PNE started playing with a bit of fire and passion. It’s been a familiar pattern to games this season and something that must be addressed if they are to get their first victory of the season.

To their credit PNE never gave up and in the second half were on top. They did manage to pull one goal back and came close to getting a couple more goals but they’d given themselves far too much to do. The game finished with a comfortable victory to Cammell Laird in the end, who withstood the pressure well and looked a decent side.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on any picture for slideshow view.

In Pictures: Morecambe Reserves -v- PNE Ladies

This was a strange game of football.  Morecambe Reserves started brightly and Preston were playing deep, inviting on the pressure but they never really looked in trouble. Then the referee changed the game. First he booked a Preston player for dissent and then showed a second yellow for a clumsy tackle a few minutes later. You don’t often see that at this level, Referees are normally a bit more forgiving but it was just one of many odd decisions throughout the game.

From then on Preston were always going to be up against it but they started to play some good football. Even when Preston undeservedly went a goal behind, they kept working really hard as a team.  As they pushed forward for an equaliser Morecambe caught Preston on the break and sealed the victory right at the end with a second goal.

Tough on Preston given the efforts of the 10 players but some promising signs.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on a pic to enter slideshow view.

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.