'If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, "I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life." I mean people are going to say, "You're crazy." Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid...' Diane Arbus

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Stockport Funfair

These photos were taken in Stockport in the North West of England in September 2009. I came across this closed traveling fair, tucked away between the M60 motorway and a superstore supermarket. The curious placing of this 'funfair' speaks volumes to me of the current climate of sensationalism and 'celebrity'. As night falls, turn on some flashing lights and loud music and suddenly this wasteland turns into a spectacle, a booming, spinning, whirring scene of screams and laughter.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

link of the day

one of my favourite photo blogs has just had a make-over, the new site went live the other day, check it out:

and Conscientious EXTENDED


This series of images are a selection from an ongoing project looking at funfairs and the seaside. I'll be blogging more of these images as the project develops, using this blog as a way of shaping and experimenting with different images from this series. Any comments and input are always welcome...

ghost tours


alan chasan



always and forever

playtime over

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Radio edit...

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

These words, said by the great Martin Luther King, Jr. are quoted on the Save BBC 6 Music facebook campaign. To help make a difference and support the incredibly talented, creative dedicated minority, at BBC 6 Music please take a minute to have your say on the BBC's plans by filling in the online consultation:


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

new york new york





These photos were taking in New York in the fall. I was keen avoid the most obvious kinds of New York scenes/landscapes (scene-scapes?)...so why shoot on the subway I hear you cry?! Although I didn't want to photograph yellow taxis and the statue of liberty, I wanted the photographs to exhibit a sense of the place, to have a New York feel, or mis-en-scene as a film maker might say...

Monday, 1 March 2010

I have been reading 'The art of looking sideways' by Alan Fletcher. I came back to the book after a few years, following a visit to Cube's current exhibition Alan Fletcher: Fifty years of graphic work (and play)

One of the quotes in the book, a Roman proverb, sums up the process I am applying to my new project, inManchesterandaround (working title),
'if you don't know where you are going...all roads lead there'

night light

man with suitcase

lights and bikes

These photos were taken on Chinese New Year which also happened to be Valentines Day this year. They are part of an ongoing project which I have started, documenting Manchester - the parts I know, and the parts I don't.

Purim in Salford

Purim King

Purim kids in the street