Photo Series

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Blurred Out

In the sleeping hours of last Monday along York’s River Ouse, shrugging off the foggy, fuzzing and whirring night air, I attempted to photograph the 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse. I failed – the fog was too much, so that I could only sense rather than see the moon – but managed nevertheless to take twelve competent photographs around the event. Alas it is…

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Obscured

The 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse – the rare conjunction of a total lunar eclipse, with the Moon turned red in the full shadow of the Earth, and a ‘supermoon’, where the Moon makes its closest approach to the Earth on its elliptical orbit: a combination we will not see again until 2033 – was theoretically visible in the night sky above the…

Trying to Catch the Perseids

In two sessions, on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, I stood out by York’s Millennium Bridge and watched and waited patiently and attempted to catch on camera the Perseids. The Millennium Bridge is illuminated come nightfall with lights of shifting colours, but the lights go out around midnight; and despite the pattern of these lights throughout the earlier session, and the constant…

Miscellaneous Photo Series I

A disparate collection of photographs here, taken in different places over a period of several months, less a series than a frayed string. There are sixteen in all: the first a group of atmospheric late-evening shots taken on the water of Norra Renbergsvattnet, near Skellefteå in the north of Sweden; then a couple of lazing cats, a hanging strawberry plant, and Amsterdam…

Amsterdam Photo Series: Ons Buiten and Around

Ons Buiten (literally ‘Our Outside’) is the name for a collective of garden parks across the Netherlands, whose Amsterdam branch is on the southern outskirts of the city: situated along the northern edge of the Nieuwe Meer, opposite the Amsterdamse Bos which progresses down into Amstelveen. It is a collection of cottages and allotments, which allow members to spend the…

Amsterdam Photo Series: Prinsengracht and Noordermarkt

Prinsengracht is the outer canal, and therefore the longest, of the four major canals which together comprise Amsterdam’s canal belt. Its northwesterly section passes by Westerkerk, Amsterdam’s famous Dutch Protestant church, designed by the sculptor and architect Hendrick de Keyser and completed in 1631; and by the Anne Frank House, on the canal front round the corner. Just beyond these stands…

Nine Photographs of the Mist; and One Video of a Lake

As a sort of coda or poetic epilogue to the series of photographs of Sweden which I posted last week, here are ten visuals: nine photographs of the late-evening mist, and one video of the falling sunlight upon a lake, all taken across several nights at Norra Renbergsvattnet, outside of Skellefteå.

Midsummer in Skellefteå, Sweden

Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen together comprise one of the central holidays in the Swedish calendar. With its beginnings in ancient pagan fertility rites, Midsummer in Sweden remains tied to longstanding practices: traditionally occurring across 23 and 24 June, but now held on the Friday and Saturday which fall between 19 June and 26 June, the main festivities during Midsommarafton see dancing around…

Amsterdam Photo Series: Schinkel and Nieuwe Meer

Amsterdam Photo Series: Schinkel and Nieuwe Meer

Amsterdam is most often defined pictorially by the canal houses which line the canals in the centre of the city. Yet there is a great variety of housing across the extent the city, with modernist architecture abounding on the islands and docklands, to the north; with the Oud Zuid, Jordaan and De Pijp areas each possessing their own architectural styles…