Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Turning the camera around by 90 degrees from yesterday's picture, this is what you would see. The road is the M62 and this is the Trans-Pennine stretch just north of Huddersfield. The reservoir is Scammonden Reservoir and the motorway actually runs along the top of the dam wall. It is one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the UK and most people who have traveled in the North will have passed along it and glanced down at the reservoir as they passed by.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
A request for pictures of the moors sent me searching through my folders. Here is one I took a couple of years ago which shows the track that runs alongside Diggle Reservoir, just south of Huddersfield. Readers from the UK will know this as "Summer Wine" country as it is the location for a long-running television series. In the medium distance is Wassenden Head Moor.
Friday, 25 September 2009
The picture was taken on Wednesday during my trip to the tops. In the distance you can see Stoodley Pike - a 121 foot monument that stands on the moors above Todmorden. It was originally erected in 1814 to commemorate victory at the Battle of Waterloo but later fell down after being struck by lightening (strangely enough on the day the Crimean War broke out). It was rebuilt to commemorate the end of that war in 1856.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
I have been stuck indoors for the last few days waiting for the Gas Man to come and mend our central heating. The only pictures I have been able to take are of the inside workings of gas boilers which are of little interest to me, never mind anyone else. So here is one I prepared earlier - as they used to say on TV cookery shows. It is the North Yorkshire village of Burton Salmon, taken in the Autumn, three years ago. The boiler is working again so hopefully some new photographs soon.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Someone from the States mentioned the sound of crickets the other day. I was thinking of it when I walked by the cricket field in Mirfield. The outer field is beginning to get its carpet of leaves but the groundsmen where preparing the wicket for the final game of the season.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
The lad and I went for a nostalgic walk around Halifax today in search of the exact location of a couple of classic photographs taken by the great photographer Bill Brandt (more about this in my News From Nowhere Blog tomorrow). On the way to the location we passed under the giant concrete pillars which supports the flyover that sweeps over the valley. I like to think that if Brandt was travelling through Halifax now he might have stopped and taken a photograph not dissimilar to this one.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
There is a walk I take Amy the dog on several times a week which takes us through the woods and then out into semi-open countryside. As you emerge from the woods there is a row of cottages which are quite isolated. On one side are the woods and on the other some fields and more woods. Why they were built on this spot - a fair distance from the road - I don't know but I always find them quite beautiful.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Mileposts are wonderful things. They are so functional. So photogenic. All too often, so forgotten. Here is our local one. It is the 1930s equivalent of the little map-pin icon that appears on Google Maps when you look somewhere up. But it is solid. Lasting. Rooted in reality and not virtual reality.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
I landed myself with this stupid challenge yesterday on my News From Nowhere Blog. I promised that the next six Sundays would be "Surreal Sunday" during the course of which I would publish five illustrations from the catalogue of the British Surrealism Exhibition I went to see the other day along with one fake I had produced myself. The challenge for everyone else would be to spot the fake. The challenge for me would be to produce it. And then today, the admirable Chairman Bill was complaining about some graffiti which had appeared on his wall and commented "Artistic Merit - Zero". This got me thinking. I pinched his image and messed about with it. This will not be the fake I inject into the Surreal Sunday series, but it was fun having a practice.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
I took this photograph on Friday and it shows my son and his friends as we all made our way to the exhibition we were visiting in Leeds (I will write it up in News From Nowhere tomorrow). As we walked from the station to the Art Gallery we went through Bond Court and I couldn't help stopping off and re-visiting some old friends. The sculpture is called Viola and it overlooks the boules pitch in the centre of Leeds. The bronze plaque you can just see at the bottom right of the picture tells the story of the piece. I didn't need to read it as I know the words well. Indeed I have the original plaster cast of the plaque resting against my bookshelf a few feet away from me. The sculpture was one of the commissions my brother Roger undertook whilst he was living in this country. Although he is now thousands of miles away it brings him a bit closer to revisit one of his sculptures.
Friday, 4 September 2009
Went to Leeds today (more about the trip tomorrow). For a number of years Leeds has branded itself as a 24 cafe culture city. This idea probably sounds fine in the marketing brochure but on a cold and windy September morning it somehow doesn't quite deliver - as the empty tables show all too clearly.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
I suppose the thing I like about the scenery around here is the shape of the hills. It's rather like living on top of a grass-encrusted Henry Moore sculpture. The soot-black dry stone walls etch contour lines into the land providing a guide to the underlying shapes.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
My son, Alexander, and I went up into the hills above Todmorden this morning in search of adventure and in search for a post for Theme Thursday this week (you will find the resulting post on the News From Nowhere site on Thursday). This picture was taken at the beginning of the adventure and nicely shows the way in which the the green fields suddenly become the brown moors.