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Derby Silk Mill – What If? Machine

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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With my projected photo book of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in mind, I spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon photographing at Derby’s Silk Mill as six teams combined in the 2016 What If? Machine project. Running since 2012, What If? sees the design, build and operation of a Goldberg / Heath Robinson ‘chain […]

Derby Choral Union in Rehearsals

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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In the course of assembling an April issue article for Derbyshire Life on Derby Choral Union, I spent an enjoyable hour in the company of the choir, photographing rehearsals for their 150th anniversary concert. I was soon absorbed in a friendly but very creative atmosphere as the 100 singers – under the firm and inspiring guidance […]

Cromford Mills – Arkwright Hologram

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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These are exciting times as the Arkwright Society’s photographer. I have just been to the soon-to-open Gateway Visitor Centre at Cromford Mills to take some more photos and saw, for the first time, the Richard Arkwright hologram. It’s been very well conceived and executed, with Arkwright taking us through the story of how he transformed Cromford and, […]

Derby Feste 2015

Posted on October 3, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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I photographed Derby Feste 2015 – and realised what I had been missing out on through not having photographed it before (I’m a busy guy, ok?). As it turned out, I couldn’t have photographed it at a better time for my book on the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as weather conditions were perfect […]

YesterYear – As Seen on TV

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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Having put A cappella group YesterYear on a girder high above the Derby city skyline for their new promotional postcard (in homage to the famous 1932 image of New York construction workers), I then had to work on the other side of the card.  I suggested to the guys that as their name was YesterYear […]

‘Naked Choir’ singers aim high

Posted on September 19, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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It’s been a great pleasure to take photos again of East Midlands A cappella group YesterYear who you can see from this Tuesday September 22nd competing in The Naked Choir on BBC 2 with Gareth Malone.  The group was looking at doing some fresh publicity shots owing to a change in line-up as well as […]

Derwent Valley Essence

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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In building up to the imminent launch of my Crowdfunding appeal for my book project The Valley That Changed The World, I needed to provide a key photo to go on my crowdfunder.co.uk page.  I was advised to ‘choose a photo that captures the essence of your project.’  Tough challenge considering  the rich variety of the Derwent Valley Mills […]

Darley Abbey Mills Regenerated

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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My Derbyshire Life article in the July issue about the regeneration of Darley Abbey Mills is now online – on the Derbyshire Life site (see link below). As I mention in the article: ‘The quiet industrial revolution at Darley Abbey Mills is pleasing because it has seen the revitalisation of historic buildings that would otherwise […]

July in Milford

Posted on July 26, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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This is the July page of my 2015 Milford Calendar, a farmer working on the land at Chevin Green Farm.  I have a busy month ahead selecting photos for my three 2016 calendars – Belper, Duffield and Milford.  Actually, it’s not a simple matter of selecting: I have hundreds of unprocessed photos as a result […]

Belper Food Fest 2015

Posted on July 13, 2015 by Admin under Derbyshire, The Life of a Derbyshire Photographer
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I spent the whole of Sunday shooting the 9th Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival. My pride in Belper soars with each passing year and, in spite of a cloudy day, there was still a substantial turnout and afternoon arrivals were eventually greeted by sunshine. There were the usual 100 plus stalls, a remarkable […]