I will try and add a picture on here each week showcasing my recent work.
Sunbeams lighting Jodrell Bank
When I saw a storm approaching in the Golden Hour before sunset I immediately headed up to a place that I previously found to have a great view over my home town of Macclesfield and the Cheshire Plain beyond. Jodrell Bank Observatory is one of my favourite nearby places to photograph and so I was so pleased to see the sunbeams dancing around the magnificent structure.
Chesterton Windmill under moody skies
I have been planning a visit to Chesterton Windmill for many years though previous times visiting the area I hadn't driven. Last week I was at last staying nearby with my car so headed up to the Grade 1 Listed landmark that beautifully looks over the Warwickshire countryside. Thankfully the skies were impressive and the sun made occasional appearances from behind the clouds to light up the windmill beautifully. Unbelievably there are plans being discussed to build up to 3000 houses in the vicinity, ruining the majesty of this place. Please take a minute to sign the petition to fight this...
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The Guiding Light
Mother and daughter, Jane and Jennifer were fantastic models for a further Steampunk shoot at the fantastic Anson Engine Museum, Poynton. It was my real pleasure to get the opportunity again to photograph the most lovely Jenni Pinches, who admirably represented Team GB at London 2012 as part of the artistic gymnastics squad as well as the UCLA Bruins as she furthers her education. Her Mum Jane has been her support and guiding light throughout her childhood and career as an international gymnast.
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"White Nancy" the local beloved landmark that nestles on the hill above Bollington has been painted especially to celebrate the 50th Year of Bollington Festival http://www.bollingtonfestival.org.uk/) which runs in May and June 2014. Taking this panorama involved getting up to the hill before sunrise in order to pick the best composition and is made up of a total of 42 high resolution images
From The Heart of the Stars
A shot that I took of the majestic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.
I am donating a copy of this image to a forthcoming exhibition at The Snow Goose, Macclesfield, with the prints being auctioned at the end of it to raise funds for Alder Hey Children's Charity and Alder Hey Family House Trust.
A number of renowned local artists and photographers have also donated work - for more details see here...
Prints and wall art can also be directly ordered from my website using the buy button below the image.
The idea behind this shot was that the metal (predominantly Iron) that makes up the gigantic 1500 tonne telescope is now known to be made in fusion processes in the heart of stars that revolutionary telescopes like the Lovell Telescope seen here helped us to discover!
Malham Cove Panorama
Not everyone reading this knows that this year I sadly lost my amazing and inspirational Mum, without whom I wouldn't obviously be here or pursuing this passion of mine that she always loved and supported. It's been a tough few months but I have taken strength in my family and friends and the memory of all that she achieved during her remarkable 12 year battle with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
For Mothering Sunday I travelled to watch sunrise over one of our favourite places, Malham Cove, only a few miles from the farm where she grew up.
This is a panorama of the beautiful scene in memory of her.
Chrome and Parkhouse Hill at sunrise
Two of my favourite hills in the Peak District with their distinctive "dinosaur back" shapes and an area which I never tire of visiting full of wildlife and tranquility. This morning I made a very early start to drive over there, walking with headtorch to get to this spot before the sun came up and filled the sky with beautiful light
The Happy Couple
A shot of a lovely couple Dave and Anna whose wedding I had great pleasure to photograph this year. A large canvas of this image is now proudly mounted in their lounge
It's always nice to find shots lurking on your hard drive that you somehow overlooked when initially processing them. Here's one of one of my favourite mountains, Ingleborough from nearly exactly 2 years ago today!
Not so much a picture of the week as a picture of the century for me. Apologies my output has become very sporadic over the last 6 months, in large part due to this amazing woman, Nora, my Mum, falling very ill. She wholeheartedly supported all my ventures, no matter how crazy and has been an outright inspiration to me and many others as she battled a rare and incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Rather than accept the typical life expectancy of 2 or 3 years she rewrote the rule book, never once giving in. She was able to battle it for a quite remarkable 12 years, whilst living life to the full, which showed her amazing determination. Unfortunately her battle was ended by a series of strokes at the end of 2013 and she passed away peacefully at St John's Hospice on the 5th Jan 2014.
A few of her friends have asked for prints of this picture to remember her by and so I am posting it up here. I will be donating all profits of any prints sold to the Hospice who provided amazing treatment during her final days. R.I.P. Mum
My good friend Steve and I had a brilliant photo and video shoot on Friday with the lovely and extremely talented Lucy Zirins, a singer songwriter who has just won "Young Artist of the Year" at the British Blues Awards.
I'm sure we have lots of images to go through and process but this was one of mine that jumped out to share quickly.
I think it must have been fate that Lucy brought her wellies to the shoot!
This was shot on location in Barley, Lancashire, lit with my portable studio lighting.
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Music legend Johnny Marr and his current band taken at Transmission005, Live From Jodrell Bank.
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Sophie Stock, a very talented young singer songwriter enjoys the electrifying performance of one of her favourite bands, The Virginmarys, having opened for them at their gig at The Snow Goose Live on 29th July 2013
Check out her music at http://www.youtube.com/user/sophiestock94 and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophie-Stock/154436471299424
The Virginmarys can be found at http://www.thevirginmarys.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/TheVirginmarysOfficial
2. Metamorphosis of the body - Jenni Pinches – Portrait of an Olympic Gymnast
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Here's a previously unseen shot from a fantastic photo shoot I did with the lovely Jenni Pinches, one of our Team GB London 2012 Olympic gymnasts, on location at Windgather Rocks. Jenni was in the Team GB women's artistic gymnastics team that reached the final and who all gave an inspirational performance.
After the Olympics, Jenni, in order to go back to finish her A-Levels and travel, retired from competing for Team GB. This Summer she was even invited to Buckingham Palace.
She is now excited to be embarking on a new journey in both her continuing studies AND a return to competitive gymnastics. She is joining the UCLA Bruins Gymnastic team at the University of California, Los Angeles, which is one of the most respected teams in the NCAA intercollegiate sports championships with great facilities, coaching and support for their athletes.
We all wish a huge "Good Luck" to Jenni as she continues to fly the flag and D.F.T.B.A!further pictures from the photo shoot can be found at http://www.travellingsimon.com/Portfolio/Barnaby-2013-Exhibition/Metamorphosis-of-the-Body
You can follow Jenni's continuing adventures on her blog, http://jenniferpinches.blogspot.co.uk/ and Twitter, https://twitter.com/jempin515
More about the Bruins can be found at http://www.uclabruins.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UCLA_Bruins
Sam Lyon and Izzie Naylor performing
Sam Lyon is a young singer songwriter from Winsford, Cheshire.
She has just released her debut Promise Me EP in March 2014, recorded at Edge Recording Studios, Nether Alderley, UK.
Check out her website:-
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Stars above Lancaster and Morecambe
This is the night time view over the Lancaster and Morecambe areas from Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. What this picture really highlights is how light and air pollution from cities affects our ability to see the stars. On the scale of cities, Lancaster's hardly a badly polluted place but look how many stars you can see in the sky close to the city compared to the top of the image? It's quite scary eh?
If you want to see a good view of the stars, then wait for a clear night, wrap up warm, load up one of the many great star maps on your smart phone and head for the hills, after first turning your lights off, of course!
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Conventional thinking says that if you're going to take multiple shots to stitch together to make a panorama then you're best to use a sturdy tripod and preferably a panoramic head. Oh well, sometimes convention and rules are there to learn, so you can learn when to break them - this pano was stitched together from 8 shots taken hand held... from a moving hot-air balloon! :)
Wild Red Grouse in Flight, Stanage Edge
I took a great Winter walk at Stanage Edge - one of the most awe inspiring places in the UK, in my opinion. After spending most of the morning in low cloud, snow and winds, the weather cleared for a couple of hours, allowing me to walk along the Edge through virgin snow with it almost to myself. I came across this unusually curious wild Red Grouse which I got to within 5 meters of and spent maybe 20minutes photographing and videoing. Here's my favourite of the shots that I got of him in flight...
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A quick shot from the Revolution Cycling Series at the National Cycling Centre. This is the German Marcel Kalz of Rudy Project RT with his partner Robert Bengsch smashed the opposition in the Madison Time Trial event. This shot was taken with a slow shutter speed and panning with the rider to give the impression of the speed which he was flying at.
So I took the opportunity to get away over Christmas and New Year to spend some much needed time with family as well as some rest and relaxation in the Highlands of Scotland (actually wanted to do some serious winter walking but the poor weather didn't really allow that). So here's a photo taken as the sun was literally setting on 2012...
After clearing some of the editing backlog, I'll be sure looking forward to what is already looking like an amazing 2013 with the Barnaby Festival exhibition to prepare for, some exciting travel plans and lots of portraits and video projects already booked as well as hopefully taking and exhibiting landscapes and other work in some ever more interesting places!
Thanks to everyone for your continued support and very best wishes to you all for 2013. Peace
Since I've listened to very little apart from the Virginmarys' King of Conflict album for the last two weeks I thought I'd share another mage from their Christmas homecoming gig at The Snowgoose Live, Macclesfield. Check out their album, you won't hear better this year or see them on tour. http://www.thevirginmarys.com/
Here's a quick shot of my first photography exhibition - why not get down to Inca Cafe Bar, Sunderland Street Macclesfield and check it out.
There are quite a few pictures which have sold already folks so don't hang around if you're still looking to get a unique Christmas present. (open 11am-4pm Mon-Fri and 6pm-11pm Thurs, Fri and Sat) and peruse my photography while enjoying delicious homemade cakes, soups and other yummy food and drinks. More details here...
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Dawn is, I think, my favourite time of the day, even if it's not the easiest to drag yourself out of a comfy bed with not too much sleep. When my alarm went off and I peered through the curtains outside I just knew I was going to get some interesting shots as there was just a nice density of mist. So I grabbed my packed bag and headed on a tour of some of the local spots I love to visit. Windgather Rocks, seen here, is the place I first learned to climb outdoors and so has a special place in my heart but it's seen here in a quite different light to what I've ever seen it before...