Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Roaches, Wild and Free

The exhibition is now on I would love your feed back. Crafted by professional photographer Brett Trafford and wonderfully displayed in the Foxlowe,The Market Place, Leek from the 1st May to the 31st May 2012. This free exhibition, " The Roaches, Wild and Free" is a celebration of this great wild space right on our door step. The images show not only the blue skies and purple heather of a summer's day familiar to most visitors but also the stormy winter views and spectacular sunrises seen by hardened walkers.

Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 views from around the Staffordshire Moorlands

The 2013 views from around the Staffordshire Moorlands calendar is now out and can be purchased direct from myself for just £5. I will be at the following markets in the run up to Christmas.

The Sunday Supplement Leek town centre 4th Nov from 10.30 - 3.30
Leek light switch on 16th Nov  4.00 - 9.00
Christmas fair at the Guildhall Cheadle 17th Nov 10.00 - 4.00
Stockton Brook brownies xmas fair 18th Nov 10.00 - 4.00
Biddulph xmas market 24th Nov 4.00 - 9.00
 Ipstones Christmas market 30th Nov 5.00 - 9.00
Emporium xmas market in the old Co op High St Leek 1st Dec 9.00 - 4.00
The Sunday Supplement Leek town centre 2nd Dec from 10.30 - 3.30

I you can not make it to one of these I can also post the calendars,

UK    £6.50
Europe      £10.00
Australia, Canada, USA      £11.00

Payment for these will be by Pay Pal only, just mail me at

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Roaches view

The view off the Roaches taken early this year, this picture is also in the new Staffordshire moorlands calendar, which I will be selling on a number of market stalls around the area over the next few weeks starting with a craft fair in Biddulph on the 27th. Also I will be on Radio Stoke on Thursday morning around 9.30 talking about wildlife photography.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Important update

I've been blogging for more than 4 years and in that time have posted nearly 1500 post that have been seen over 150,000 times in 174 countries. Not bad for something that was only going to last a year and I'm not done yet. It's been a few weeks or even months since I last posted, depending on which of my blogs you read and this post is an explanation as to why and a update on what I'm planning next and is being posted on all my blogs (apologies if you follow more than one as you will get this multiple times).

First a bit of history...

      Turning 41 is a bit of a let down, you have had your big party for your 40th and 41 is just another year older, so with that in mind I decided to mark my 41st year by blogging a photo a day, not really knowing what a blog was or what a mammoth task it would be. That small decision made over a ten minute car journey changed my life. It changed what was a hobby, all be it quite an obsessive one, in to a full time career and when I say full time I mean nearly every waking minute and some of my sleeping ones too.

Today I'm well into my second year as a professional photographer and after the expected hard first year I am doing better than I had planned for, in fact that is the reason for this post, one I've being trying to write for over a month. Business is good, job following job inter-spaced by good print sales and on going projects, in the last few weeks a Ball, a Prom, a Fete and 4 commissions totalling 550 finished prints, that's images that are shown to the customer, not images taken, (each image is hand processed and only let out once I'm happy its as close to perfect as I can get it) and this month was a bit quieter that last.

So as you can see I've had very little time for my blogs, I have managed to keep my business facebook page updated, see it here, but feel I have neglected the blogs and all you wonderful people that follow them. I known that you may feel that it should be easy just to do a quick post, but being dyslexic writing is one of the hardest thing for me to do. For example earlier on I used the word "decision" I know what the word means and how to use it, I can read the word but not spell it, and when you start it desi or disi not even the best spell checker has a clue, then when you turn to a dictionary your looking in the wrong place, in all, that one word cost me 10 minutes.

The future...

         The plan is to keep the blogs active, so they will stay on line and may even get updated, although not very often, that is the short term view. This takes off some of the pressure (and guilt) I have been feeling and gives me time to rearrange my web presents. My business blog will in time be moved over to Wordpress to link up with my new web site (that is not even started yet) and become a window on to what I'm doing week by week. My 2 daily photo blogs will have to wait for a bit, the Leek one has not been daily for a year so that won't change much, but the Buxton one will have to wait for new stuff as I really can not afford the time it needs at the moment.

365 to 42, my first and favourite blog and something that I am so proud of, will be updated as and when I can and I will try to take it back to being a more personal blog that is about me and not about work, reading back some of that first years post it feels like it was written by someone else and I would love to get that back, I may even get Blog of Note again!

Now the pictures these are 3 of the things I've been working on, pictures of Leek and a school prom.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Leek roundabout update

Like thieves in the night steeling lead of a church roof, Staffordshire County Council waited till nightfall before sending in workmen to start the removal of the lamp post in the middle of Leeks iconic roundabout. Their plan was to remove the post so that they could speed up the process of demolishing the roundabout and by speed up I mean it would stop protesters chaining themselves to the lamp post as some have said they would do.

But people power foiled the dastardly scheme and even with all the cunning of the council the work was halted before it could be completed by a wall of bodies getting in the way of the work force and its digger, picture Tienanmen square only round and without the tanks. So round one to the people of Leek but the fight is not yet over with the date set for work to start on the 14th.

My personal feeling is that the roundabout should stay, with more generic shops coming to the town, Costa, Sainsburys and the like, Leek will soon look like 100's of other towns with only its name showing you where you are. We need to keep Leek's individuality, because once it's gone you will never get it back. But also the people voted to keep the roundabout and if the council can ride roughshod over our opinion on this what will stop them in future, do our votes count for nothing, who do they really work for.

The picture shows the improved roundabout as it stands today, with the old top shown as it was just a few short weeks ago in the snow, I known what I prefer.

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