Slea Head Ride to Kerry’s Dunquin Pier

When I was nine or ten the family toured the wild, remote Atlantic west coast of Ireland, from Cork to Kerry and the far western point of Europe on the Dingle Peninsula. I had vague memories and a grainy scan of a print of an outlandish road winding down steep […]


The Foxes of West Kilburn

My desk overlooks the West Coast Main Line as it approaches Euston station through London’s inner suburbs of West Kilburn, between Kensal Green and Queen’s Park. Every evening, as the light begins to fade and photography gets difficult, the fox family emerge from their den, hidden in the scruffy overgrown […]


Pride in London Parade, 2016

On 25 June the streets of central London’s West End, from Soho to Whitehall, filled with flags and facepaint for the 44th Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade. A day after the multicultural international metropolis woke to the news of the narrow Brexit result of the EU referendum vote. And a […]


Canalway Cavalcade 2

On bank holiday weekend, boaters congregated at Little Venice on the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal for the Inland Waterways Association Canalway Cavalcade. An English village fete for boat dwellers of sorts, with agricultural show-style demonstrations of boating skills and equipment. And bunting. So much bunting.


Lambeth Cemetery

Confusingly located beside the River Wandle on Blackshaw Road in Tooting on the far edge of the London Borough of Wandsworth, Lambeth Cemetery is closer to Merton than to Lambeth. But established by Lambeth following the Metropolitan Burial Act of 1852, pushing burial grounds to the then periphery of the […]


Pylons marching

People say they’re ugly. And want them put underground. But I think it’s a bit more complicated than that.


Rouge on a corpse: Salford Chapel Street

Three years ago I was passing through Manchester on the way from Edinburgh to Snowdonia. Took an evening stroll down Salford’s Chapel Street: the main A6 road from Salford Central to the rest of the borough. They had just completed a Kensington High Street-style “shared space makeover”, with expensive shiny […]


BT Tower

I wrote a little while ago about taking the same shot, of the same subject or view, again and again, in all lights and conditions, in Lots Road Power Station. Another one of those subjects, from a previous commute to an earlier office for another job, was the BT Tower […]


Storr Lochs: the hidden funicular

Where’s the working railway on the Isle of Skye? The railway doesn’t go to the Isle of Skye, right? It ends at the pier at Kyle of Lochalsh, or else at the harbour at Mallaig, where boats take you over the sea to Skye. But there is a railway on […]


Eclipse over Edinburgh

On Friday 20 March at exactly 8:30am, the moon began to get itself in the way a bit… …of the view of the sun from Edinburgh. Some people sat on Arthur’s Seat and watched it. Using cameras and solar eclipse glasses and boxes with holes cut in them and kitchen […]