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Jack and Vix’s wedding at Stirk House, Lancashire

Jack and Victoria tied the knot at Stirk House, near Gisburn, on 7 September. This was the first of two wedding ceremonies: this was the more formal service in their beloved Lancashire. The second was held a couple of weeks later in the warmer climes of Ibiza. Quite a contrast, but both were spectacular affairs in their own right.

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The incongruous pillbox

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This is a great spot on the road from Trawden to Widdop. The pillbox on the hill behind has always struck me as being rather incongruous and isolated. Why place a pillbox in, without meaning to be rude, the arse end of nowhere? Bored Home Guard with too much time and concrete on their hands? A lingering post war of the roses paranoia that the Yorkists would unexpectedly surge across Widdop Moor in an attempt to annex Colne? Whatever the backstory, I love the view and the delightfully textured old-fashioned roadsign at this junction. Whenever I get here I know i’m not far from my mate’s house, and the wild moorland is behind me.

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Looking out from Pendle Hill

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Getting closer to the sky; the view from astride the saddle of Pendle hill. Looking towards the village of Sabden: shot on the first warm weekend of spring, with clouds scudding eastwards across the pennines. Although you can barely see them here, paragliders were riding thermals rising from the Ribble valley and up the slopes. The historic Forest of Pendle is perhaps best known for giving its name to a famous witch trial in 1612.

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Dogspace: celebrating the Chinese New Year

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This eyecatching pack of giant inflatable dogs invaded the genteel elegance of Preston’s Miller Arcade recently, to celebrate the Chinese ‘Year of the Dog’. It was commissioned from north west-based installation artists Spacecadets. This was my submission to the spring 2006 world wide panorama event, based on the theme of ‘borders’. You can read more about this exhibition, and see the full submission here.

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The Church of St Philip’s with St Steven, Salford

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A panoramic exploration of this delightful late Georgian church, designed in 1825. This Anglican church is still home to regular worship, and remains well-kept and loved. One of the most impressive landmarks in the historic centre of Salford: more information on the church can be found here.

This was my first ‘real’ panorama, after several test shoots elsewhere I felt ready to try out something more ambitious. Thanks to Rev. Andy Salmon for letting me photograph the church.

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