Our James, Balcary & Albatros

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I’ve always enjoyed visiting Maryport and photographing the numerous vessels there. I’m planning to make platinum prints of these images which I think are well suited to the process.

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This year I intend to spend more time locally, visiting Maryport, Allonby and Whitehaven along with the Lakes, Eden Valley and Hadrian’s Wall.

The artists Sheila Fell RA (1931-1979) and Percy Kelly (1918-1993) have been an inspiration regarding this. Local artists, they predominantly painted scenes from Cumbria. Both of them visited Maryport on many occasions along with Sheila Fell’s good friend LS Lowry.

They are still very much in peoples’ thoughts in this part of the world. A neighbour’s friend can recall travelling on the bus with Sheila Fell to Carlisle School of Art in the late 1940s. Another neighbour remembers seeing Sheila Fell working out in the landscape during the 1960s … a wonderful insight into the life of a remarkable artist.

More information can be found here:

Sheila Fell Exhibition / Sheila Fell Interview / Percy Kelly

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Uffington White Horse

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Wishing you all the very best in 2017 and a big thank you for your continued support.

A prehistoric hill figure some 360 feet long, it dominates the landscape. An Iron Age hillfort is located at the summit and the Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road, passes close by. Wayland’s Smithy, a Neolithic chambered long barrow, is located a mile away. Places I’ve loved and explored since childhood.

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The f/D Book of Pinhole

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I’m very pleased to say that my pinhole photo at the bottom of this post has been selected for publication in The f/D Book of Pinhole.

Kier Selinsky launched the pinhole photography blog f/D in April 2015. Kier is editor and Libby Selinsky is associate editor. It’s an excellent blog and can be found here: f/D Exploring the Art of Pinhole Photography

They have selected 99 pinhole photos to be published. The photo above is from the book’s Kickstarter page. More information can be found here: The f/D Book of Pinhole

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Kite Flying

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Westbury White Horse on a blustery day. Visited this location a number of times and was fortunate to see these kite flyers. They’d passed by earlier but I missed the opportunity to photograph them. Couldn’t believe my luck a little later when I saw the kite appear over the hill followed by its owners.

The white horse was cut in the hillside 300 years ago and the adjacent Iron Age hill fort was established 2000 years ago.

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Exhibition & Art Fair

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Very much enjoyed taking part in the Carlisle Arts Fair 27/28 August and the Solway Arts’ Exhibition at Fletchertown 20-29 August. Great artwork from a diverse range of artists at both events. Looking forward to the Carlisle Winter Fair at the Sands Centre on 20 November which I’m hoping to attend  🙂

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Beatles & Quarrymen Live

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All photos shot with a 1960s Hasselblad 500C. More of this series can be seen on my website at: Beatles Live

The Quarrymen played at the Casbah Coffee Club on several occasions in 1959 and the Beatles played numerous gigs here from 1960 – 1962. The club is in the basement of this house in Hayman’s Green, Liverpool. I recently did a tour of the club which was conducted by Roag Best, brother of Pete Best, the Beatles original drummer. It was a great insight into the Beatles early days, I’ll definately be paying a return visit.

John, Paul and George painted the ceilings in this club and their work can still be seen. John painted the ‘Aztec’ ceiling, Paul painted the ‘Rainbow’ ceiling and all three painted the ‘Star’ ceiling. There’s a hole in one made by Rory Storm when he got a little too energetic during a performance. He ended up head butting the ceiling and left his skull imprint as a lasting reminder!

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The Quarrymen played one gig at the Stanley Abattoir Social Club, Liverpool in 1957. The abottoir pictured above is now a market.

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The final photo is the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool. The Beatles played here on Valentine’s Day 1963. Next door in the distance is the Grafton Rooms, another Beatles’ venue.

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South Stack – Anglesey

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South Stack is a truly spectacular location which I explored on a number of occasions during a 2 week visit to Anglesey. There are over 400 steps down to the footbridge in the first photo – a challenge first thing in the morning. The lighthouse was constructed in 1809.

A member of the crow family, the chough, is resident on these cliffs. Very pleased I got to see them as they are rare – approximately 400 pairs in Great Britain.

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