The Lakes

The Lake District. Fellow ex Cowley pupils, perhaps 1981. We had gone our separate ways to college/university/polytechnic but met back up in the Summer for a few days. In the car on the way up from St.Helens we played an Imagination tape none stop, “body talk” and “just an illusion” being favorites. Some enjoyed a swim in the freezing water, I just kept my camera dry.

Umbrella shop

In 1990 I went on a trip to Poland. It was in the later stages of the fall of communism. Among the extensive brutalist concrete buildings in the various cities I went to there was always a little place where the sunshine came through.

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Speke airport

Awaiting departure at Speke Airport, early 1980s.

 

A gateway to possibilities, later to become John Lennon airport. Not long after “British Airways” became just “British”, this was later reversed after people realized it was just silly.

Eiffel tower

Photographing down from the Eiffel Tower 
Paris in the spring later 1980s.

Looking down was much better than looking across. My earliest stock photography images with Tony Stone Photolibrary were travel shots including this one that was given the number T70L 101094-1T.

Ferry cross the Mersey

Setting off from Liverpool dockside on the Ferry to New Brighton

 

 

St.Helens, my home town is about half way between Manchester and Liverpool. I don’t recall many trips to either city but this (rare for me) 1970s colour image shows me departing from Liverpool and heading towards New Brighton on the ferry.

I must have been 3 or 4 years old when I first saw a large body of water. It was the Mersey Estuary seen from the docks. In that one moment I remember being completely overwhelmed seeing the waves dancing with the wind and the sheer scale of the scene in front of me filled me with awe.


Ghent

I was in Ghent Belgium to learn about Barco Creator software for my job at Tony Stone Images.

Behind the hotel was a side street that looked very abandoned, too good to miss I took my tripod and Mamiya RB67 camera round at night to take a picture.

I shot on fuji Velvia film which made the image go bright green from the streetlight so I drained the colour and added atmosphere in Creator.

It reminds me of one of my favourite films: Malpertuis, a mythical story set in an indeterminate European country.