Wednesday, 30 September 2009

090930 Festival Map


Perhaps you don't think that this qualifies as one of my pictures - but it is. The pictures that are there are mine, the map is mine, the lettering is mine : and putting it together each year for the Marsden Jazz Festival Information Leaflet is ten times the work and half the pleasure of any photograph I have ever taken. However,  people normally find it a useful document and on the weekend of the 9th to the 11th of October, when the whole village of Marsden will be swinging to the sound of live jazz, the effort will be worthwhile.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

090929 That's Where It Is


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

090928 Where Is It?


I took this photograph this morning during my daily walk with Amy the Dog. It is a site that should be familiar to many people who have traveled in the north of England. Tomorrow I will give the photographic answer to this photographic question but feel free to guess if you would like to.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

090927 Wassenden Head Moor

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

090925 Stoodley Pike

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

090924 Such A Happy Cow

This extraordinary animal seems to have such a wonderful view. I found it stood quite alone in a field. Such lush grass, such a magnificent view, such a happy cow.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

090923 Cloudy

Driving back from Sheffield last night and I had to stop the car to try and capture the sun cutting its way through the clouds.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

090922 Burton Salmon

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

090921 Respect It

This piece of "public graffiti was on an underpass wall in Halifax. Actually I quite like it but such things do tend to encourage others to add their comments. And that defeats the object of the enterprise.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

090920 The Sound Of Cricket

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

090919 Canal Walk

Amy's walk this morning was along the canal towpath in Mirfield (about a couple of miles from where we live). The sun was shining and there were boats out on the canal. A thoroughly pleasant morning.

Friday, 18 September 2009

090918 Sheep In The Park

During my visit to Dean Clough in Halifax on Tuesday I came across this sheep neatly parked in the car park.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

090917 The Lad

The Lad went back to University yesterday. For the next three months or so I will not be needed as taxi-driver, butler, banker or secretary. For the next three months or so life is going to be that little bit less colourful.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

090915 Brandt Like

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

090914 Fence

We have had some vivid blue skies over the last few days and the lighting just made this bit of fence stand out and stand proud.

Friday, 11 September 2009

090911 Woodland Cottages

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

090909 Milepost

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

090908 Artistic Merit - Zero

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

090906 Viola

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

090904 Cafe Culture

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

090902 Grass-Encrusted Henry Moore Sculpture

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

090901 Heald Moor

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.