We recently went to explore a section of the Coquet we’d seen on the map but not visited before. It was a typical July day of high humidity and summer clouds. Lovely views down to the river and across to Holystone and Sharperton with Agrimony in swaths on the river bank.
The sunlight was catching these stones set in the river bed, the water sparkling.
I’ve been taking part in an Instagram hashtag #scenefromhome. These are some of my daily interior photos posted up over the last few weeks. It’s made me look carefully for subjects and especially for interesting light around the house. All photos taken with my Fujifilm XT-2 and a variety of lenses.
The walled garden in January. We are lucky to rent a cottage in the grounds of a large victorian hall with a walled garden to which we have access and I thought this could make a good subject for a winter project. A further challenge would be to photograph only in black and white to … Continue reading The walled garden in January
The Alnwick Garden was created by the Duchess of Northumberland, on land adjacent to Alnwick Castle. The land was originally a garden but had been undeveloped for many years. It now has the largest collection of European plants in the UK and the largest Japanese cherry orchard in the world consisting of 329 trees. In one of the … Continue reading Barbara Hepworth – “Ascending Form (1958)” in The Alnwick Garden
At this time of year the local farmers are cutting and baling "haylage" for winter fodder. It can be a chancy business if the weather breaks before it's been baled. The dark storm clouds on these photos luckily came to nothing. (Fujifilm X-T20 | Fujinon 35mm f2)
Northumberlandia is a project opened in 2012 to regenerate a former open cast mine. It consists of a large landscape sculpture of the "Lady of the North" as it's called by some. It gives a unique opportunity to photograph the way the new landscape is merging with the old. As part of an ongoing photography … Continue reading Northumberlandia: a study in regeneration
This grand station was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. The station was designed by the architect John Dobson and built at the joint expense of the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway (N&C) and George Hudson's Newcastle & Darlington Junction and Newcastle & Berwick Railways. It replaced three earlier stations: the temporary termini of the Carlisle … Continue reading Around Newcastle central station
At this time of the year I’m always attracted to the sparse landscapes made by the trees stripped bare of their leaves. They are particularly suited to a black and white treatment and these were all taken along the banks of the Coquet river, just upstream of Rothbury. It was a very blustery day (thanks … Continue reading Along the Coquet
I’m doing a photography course at the moment and last week we visited the excellent Barter Books in Alnwick. Housed in part of the old railway station it holds thousands of second hand books and is an ideal destination for books and photography.