In Pictures: Preston Caribbean Carnival

It’s annual tradition that has been taking place in Preston for over 40 years and this year we even experienced some Caribbean style weather to accompany this fantastic event.

This post is all about the photographs but a big thank you to all those who work so hard to arrange the event and make some superb costumes.  Here are the pictures. Click on any pictures to enter the slideshow view.

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Disappointment for PNE Ladies

It’s fine margins between the disappointment of defeat and the joy of winning. Preston are languishing close to the bottom of the league, while their opponents Bury Ladies are close to the top.  You certainly wouldn’t have known based on the first 20 minutes of the game, which PNE dominated.  When chances come your way though, it’s the teams at the top that seem to put them away and that was the case down at UCLan Arena today. PNE could easily have been a couple of goals to the good before Bury scored but it wasn’t to be.

Preston played some good football and probably had as many chances as Bury but it was Bury who took all three points with two goals in the first half and another in the second. If Preston continue to play this way then it can’t be too long before they get more points on the board.

Photos below. Click on any photo to view slideshow.

 

Preston Markets at night

The recently refurbished and updated Victorian Markets in Preston are now open and the use of modern LED lighting really brings a little something extra to the building at night.

In these few photographs here I’ve tried to show off the architecture including the fantastic canopy roof.  I really hope people use the markets – they are a great addition to the shopping experience in Preston.

Preston’s Victorian Market re-opens in black and white

Preston’s newly refurbished Victorian Market re-opened today and I went down to take some photos for Blog Preston.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I loved it! It was really buzzing today as hundreds of people came to have a look around.

There are many familiar faces, market traders who have moved from the now closed indoor market and there are some new faces too.  The glass sides to the market hall give the place a light airy feel whilst helping to keep out the bitterly cold wind but it’s still cold!  In some ways The market reminds me of Covent Garden or one of the London Markets – an interesting place to browse, relax and have a coffee or even a glass of wine.

It’s a fantastic addition to the City Centre and it deserves to be a success. So come on people of Preston, get down there and enjoy the shopping experience. There are some great stalls: butchers, bakers, cheese makers; as well as flowers, sweets, fruit and veg and even beauty products if you fancy a hair extension.

Here are a few black and white pictures from the day. You can see more of my pictures, (in colour), appearing on Blog Preston over the next few days too. Click on any pic below to enter slideshow view.

 

 

 

Photographing Prince Harry with the Fuji X-T2

When I received details of a royal visit to Lancashire by Prince Harry today, I just had to pop along and take a few photographs.

I was asked if I would be interested in taking a few pictures for Alamy Live News and I chose to attend two of his local engagements. In all honesty, the only way I could have made all four was if I’d hitched a lift with Harry. As that was a non-starter I decided to cover his visit to St Michael’s on Wyre and to the UCLan Sport Arena.

Prince Harry returned to St Michael’s on Wyre, in follow up to his visit to the flood affected village in February 2016. Around 1700 businesses and homes were damaged across the Lancashire district in the lead up to New Year in 2016.

His Royal Highness met members of the community to learn about the recovery that has been achieved by the local people. Prince Harry officially reopened the village hall at a reception attended by those who played a crucial role in response to the flooding crisis.

For this engagement I chose to stand with the public rather than the static press position. The static position had a fair view but was set back and the press guys had some really long lenses – the kind of lenses that Fuji just don’t make at present. A limited number of press did get in close but unfortunately I wasn’t one of the favoured few.

On the second engagement I covered, I was at the UCLan Sport Arena. This time I did choose to stick with the static press group, as there wasn’t really any other alternative. It was raining and light was disappearing fast, not a problem for the X-T2 and 50-140mm lens as it’s weather sealed, but for the most part we were set back a long way and I had no match for their fast 500mm and 600mm lenses.

At the UCLan arena Prince Harry visited the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club – two community organisations using the power of sport as a means for social development and inclusion.

 

 

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.

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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!

 

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