Archive for the ‘My photos’ Category

Moon triptych

Light Night

20 photos from tonight’s Light Night events in Stoke-on-Trent.

A decade of (mostly) dross

Labour’s recent architectural legacy, savaged by a nostalgic old socialist in the book A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. “His aim is to view a decade’s worth of destruction and construction carried out in the name of “regeneration” … how “world class design” became a series of gimmicks […] Victorian terraces cleared […]

Birmingham cityscapes conference

Birmingham Cityscapes : An Interdisciplinary Urban Research Conference, June 2011. Above: disused shops in an arcade off Corporation St., Sept 2010.


‘Penny-for-the-guy’, a tradition still alive in Stoke-on-Trent.

Autumn winds

20 photos of Stoke-on-Trent’s new sixth-form college

One town, one day, 126 photos

Taking advantage of the fine weather, today I photographed the buildings and exteriors of my town of Stoke-upon-Trent (not to be confused with the wider city of Stoke-on-Trent). Stoke old town is the ancient and original root of the city, dating back to the time of the Mercians — when the church was founded on […]

The botanical sample left by H.M.S. Erebus

The botanical sample left by H.M.S. Erebus  |  by me. Another fun quickie Lovecraftian faux ‘antique’ postcard. Thanks for the Creative Commons components to: Stuart McKenna (background), daniele_sartori (the jetty), manojmp (the crate), kevcole (the ship), and nsalt (the bud/stalk/tentacle).

Depth through surface

Depth through surface  |  by me.

Happy 120th birthday, Mr. H.P. Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft was born on 20th August 1890, becoming one of the great writers of the 20th century. He’s still widely read for pleasure, more than seventy years after his death. Although a ‘pulp fiction’ writer, his collected works are now between the covers of publishers such as Penguin Classics and the Library of America. […]

Brown & friend

A photo from the big re:location artists’ show in Smethwick, that I didn’t even know I had. Only a version of Photoshop that came out five years after the event was able to recover the photo from obscurity, and bring out a decent (or indecent, according to your tastes) picture… You’ll need a good monitor, […]

Postcards from Lovecraft

I made another Lovecraftian faux-postcard, from about seven different images… Click the picture for a larger version. Thanks to Jurvetson for the Creative Commons shell picture.

Bubbles and scratches

I’ve made three new sets of Creative Commons layers, to help you to ‘antique’ your Photoshop creations. They’re all at 2048 x 2048 pixels, and are cropped from particularly-nicely scratched and bubbled bits of public-domain early photographs… Set three Set two Set one

Learning CG

A couple of my learning-exercises in 3D CG, made with the real-time 3D iClone software. iClone uses a game-engine to render ‘in real-time’, so the pictures don’t have the polish they would have had if I’d used 3DS Max, Maya, or Blender… “The Bank Robbery on Planet 9”. “It Dies at Dawn!” — my entry […]

A couple of Lovecraftian composites

A couple of Lovecraftian faux-postcards I made with Photoshop , from about five photos each… It would have been Lovecraft’s 120th birthday on 20th August.

White Peak, Derbyshire

It seems somehow appropriate, on the longest day, to revisit the shortest day…

Above Stoke

So, I filled some oatcakes with helium, and sent a camera into the stratosphere… Click the picture for a larger version. Actually it’s a flipped sky, paired with one of my long-exposure night skies, glued together with some Photoshop ping.

Ancient wallpaper

My photograph made at the British Museum. It’s of a Japanese scroll painting of a tiger, cropped as a 1920 x 1200 pixel desktop wallpaper. There’s space on the right for widgets and icons.

Caught the moon