photo essays


Destitution Road again: return to Fain House

The Destitution Road crosses the Fain — high boggy moorland in Dundonnell, Wester Ross-shire, under An Teallach mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. My brain keeps wanting to autocorrect it to the Desolation Road, for its remote and isolated situation on empty, open moorland — empty except for the […]


A82

The A82 between Tyndrum and North Ballachulish in the West Highlands is a remarkable road. [fimg id=5087066582 size=Medium][fimg id=6765415487 size=Medium] Astonishing not just for the breathtaking moorland and mountain landscape that it floats across and weaves through as it climbs through Glen Coe and crosses the vast expanses of Rannoch […]


The Moine House 1

[fimg id=5596308824] The geology and landscape of the Scottish Highlands are famously divided by the Great Glen fault. Less famous is the Moine Thrust Belt, running almost parallel to the Great Glen a hundred miles north. Here the rocks and landscape of the northern Highlands are pushed over those of […]


How to deliver a petition

[fimg id=5081123343 size=Medium][fimg id=5081123335 size=Medium] First, get 35,000 people to sign your petition, and find a friendly university stationary office who can print that many hundreds of pages. Hurry down Whitehall to hang around outside Downing Street while another petition goes in before you. [fimg id=5081123327] Ensure that you have […]


The Cheese Festival

[fimg id=5076050763] I love the Durham Township photoblog — all the fabulous atmospheric shallow-focus photos of rural Pensylvania. Especially the ones of the traditional county fairs and farm shows. The kids with candyfloss, prize livestock on display, and old fashioned family entertainment. [fimg id=5076050749] We have those in England, too: […]


Millennium Bridge

Ten years ago today, a new bridge across the Thames was opened in central London, between St Paul’s Cathedral in The City and the recently opened Tate Modern and Globe Theatre attractions in Southwark’s Bankside. [fimg id=4352511224] The media loved it: another public project that perfectly fit their millennium story, […]