Archive for the ‘My photos’ Category

Breakthrough Starshot

The $100m Breakthrough Starshot plans to send light-sail powered space probes to Alpha Centauri, at 20% the speed of light. This major private project was announced yesterday by an all-star panel, including Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Mark Zuckerberg and others. The final cost seems likely to be around $12bn. Cosmos magazine covers the technical details, […]

Inside the Spode factory

Inside the Spode factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 26th September 2015:

Lost Objects: Etruria Industrial Museum series

Penkhull Wassail

A quick little 2-minute video I made of last night’s Penkhull Wassail, a successful revival in urban Stoke-on-Trent of the ancient New Year wassail folk tradition. The Penkhull Wassail joins Barlaston, in the south of the city, in having an annual New Year wassail. The local morris dancers were Penkhull’s own Domesday Morris, and the […]

Distinctly Black Country

Distinctly Black Country, a landscape history network “for understanding yesterday’s landscape today”.

Foggy morning

Visit to the new Library of Birmingham

Visited the Library of Birmingham today, and made a few future-tastic 1920px desktop wallpapers from my snaps of the architecture…

Ice Age art

A major new ticketed exhibition is set to open shortly in London. Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind runs 7th February – 26th May 2013 at The British Museum. This is art from before Gobekli Tepe, art… “created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago”. To whet your appetite, here’s my macro picture (above, […]

Katherine Morling in Stoke

Some of Katherine Morling’s new ceramic sculptures, based on creatures depicted in the ancient Staffordshire Hoard. New publicly-funded £70,000 commission for the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. The show opens today, in the Staffordshire Hoard show at the Museum.

Allotments: the documentary?

I expected to find a number of documentaries about the history of allotments in the British Isles, either on radio or video. But it seems they don’t exist. This is a rather surprising omission, given the UK’s eagerness to produce ‘heritage’ radio and TV on everything from Queen Elizabeth I’s bathing habits to the 1930s […]

Brindley Place

A painter from Stoke encounters the curiously zealous ‘No Photographers / No Artists’ policy of Brindley Place. Above: photo by me.

Two Universities Way

I’ve rustled up a quick new photo-guide pamphlet for walkers. The Two Universities Way describes and shows a new green five-mile walk, between Staffordshire University and Keele University. It’s been produced for the North Staffordshire Woodland Walks Week, happening in this first week of May 2012. Much of the walk is dominated by mature trees […]

“The Pilot’s Dilemma”

“The Pilot’s Dilemma”, my new bit of CG Photoshop-ery. Click on the picture for the full-size version.


My springtime wallpaper, 1920px. I found this lying in the grass and photographed it, in Birmingham a couple of springs ago now…

The ladder back to Summer

The ladder back to Summer

Drawing on Spode

Drawing on Spode, a set on Flickr.

‘Fresh’ at the Stoke Ceramics Biennial 2011

‘Fresh’ at the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial 2011, a set on Flickr. 12 pictures from the Fresh exhibition at the Stoke Ceramics Biennial 2011, now on at the Spode factory in Stoke town (near the main rail station).

The way of the rain


The frozen stars