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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Beatles Live

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A new project photographing venues the Beatles performed in. Shot with a 1960s Hasselblad 500C, Distagon f4/50 and Kodak T-MAX 100.

The first image is the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey. The Beatles played here on many occasions in 1960 and 1961. The venue had a reputation for rival Teddy boys fighting during gigs. I believe a piano, which is still at the ballroom, was used by the band.

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Above is Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. The Beatles rehearsed here in John Lennon’s flat. The terrace is directly opposite Liverpool Cathedral where Paul McCartney failed an audition to get into the choir when he was 11. In more recent times his classical work has been played at the cathedral. John Lennon’s song Imagine was played on the cathedral bells in 2009 as part of the city’s arts festival.

Below is Barnston Women’s Institute, Heswall. The Beatles played the Institute 3 times and wore their stage suits here for the first time in 1962.

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Britannia Bridge – Menai Strait

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I’d walked past this spot earlier when heading out to the Menai Suspension Bridge but didn’t spot the potential the scene had. When walking back to Britannia Bridge I came upon this reflection which soon stopped me in my tracks. I was also drawn to the trees framing the scene.

Occasionally a light breeze blew across the water so I had to be patient. At one point two ducks landed right in the middle of the pool of water and the reflection was gone … a little more patience was required!

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Magazine Publication

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Four of my platinum/palladium prints of the Somme have been published in the April issue of Black + White Photography magazine.

The images were made with a vintage Vest Pocket Kodak loaded with Efke R100 film during a visit to the Somme, Arras and Ypres in 2015.

Developed eighteen rolls of film on my return; more of the images can be seen on my website at: The Great War