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Location Photography

May 5, 2012in Location Photography

Kurdistan, Iraq

I recently returned from a photographic adventure to Kurdistan, in northern Iraq. Erbil is the Kurdish capital and the world's oldest continuously inhabited city. Born during the era of early Mesopotamian civilizations, countless generations of people have called this place their home for over 10,000 years. During my time there, I encountered a mindblowing range of landscapes and photographed all sorts of interesting folk. The Kurds are a kind and generous people, who take great pride in welcoming visitors to their land.

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December 27, 2011in Location Photography

Leeds German Christmas Market

'Christkindelmarkt' is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, which temporarily fills the centre of Leeds with a festive range of wooden stalls, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Manchester

The centre of Manchester forms a historic core around which the modern city grew. It evolved from the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium, which was established circa AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the River Medlock and River Irwell. This collection of shots were captured mainly around the city centre, but some of the content is from my university days in nearby Salford. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Leeds

Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of urban West Yorkshire. The city can trace its recorded history to the fifth century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis" - the origin of the modern day name.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

London

The city of my birth and capital of the United Kingdom, London is a proud stretch of land that has been occupied for well over two millennia. Beginning as a humble rural trading post, the city was first dragged into civilisation by the Romans before undergoing a series of evolutions to become the largest urban zone in the modern day European Union.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

The Very Large Array

The Very Large Array is a renowned set of radio dishes in Socorro, New Mexico, which work together as one massive antenna to scan the skies and help us learn more about the universe. Objects that are commonly studied include radio galaxies, quasars, pulsars, supernova remnants, gamma ray bursts, radio-emitting stars, the sun and planets, astrophysical masers, black holes, and the hydrogen gas that constitutes a large portion of the Milky Way galaxy. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Worth Valley Steam Railway

Built in 1867, this heritage line is among a small number of remaining steam locomotive railways in England, and the only one that operates a whole branch line in its original form. Situated amid beautiful green scenery in Yorkshire's Worth Valley, the route was closed in the Beeching cutbacks of 1962 but resurrected by a team of local volunteers in 1968. Click here for a virtual video ride along the Worth Valley Line.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Otley

A collection of photos shot in and around my home town of Otley. It's a quiet but pretty place, situated in the rural outskirts of Leeds amid the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. It lies at the base of a valley along the River Wharfe. Some of the images in this set were taken around the top of the valley from a hill known as The Chevin which overlooks the town and provides excellent views of the local area. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Lindisfarne: The Holy Island

Lindisfarne looks like it has been torn straight from the pages of a fairytale picturebook. Full of alluring charm, the castle is the island's most distinctive feature and can be admired from Northumberland's coast for miles around. The island itself is accessible via a tidal causeway which is covered by the North Sea twice a day, cutting inhabitants off from the wider world beyond. There is a small local population of under 200 people who enjoy a rustic serenity broken only by the stream of tourists occupying the landscape when the sea is low enough to permit causeway access.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

York

York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. It has an incredible array of architecture from almost every age and is a pleasure to explore.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Fountains Abbey

Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey has been described as the 'crown and glory of all that monasticism has left us in England'; being one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country. It was founded in 1132 and operated for over 400 years until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

New Mexico

New Mexico is a wild and untamed landscape of magnificent desolation. Bordering Arizona on the southern fringe of the United States, it is spanned by vast swathes of desert, mountainous forests and mysterious locations deep in the middle of nowhere. My Dad lives in a small town called Buckhorn, which is situated on the edge of the Gila Wilderness. These images were taken during my various visits to the area. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Arthington Viaduct, Wharfedale

This sandstone 21-arch viaduct spans the Wharfe valley, constructed by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway circa 1850. The structure of the viaduct is unelaborate but its simple geometry is breathtakingly beautiful. It is unusual in that is is built along a curved path - a skilled technical accomplishment for the era in which it was built, and a feature which renders it a very photogenic subject. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Ribblehead Viaduct

The Ribblehead Viaduct is an epic stone structure which is some 24 arches long and soars over a hundred feet tall. Built in 1875, it is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, an old Victorian line which passes through a magnificent range of scenery as it wends its way through the Yorkshire Dales into Cumbria. The structure happens to rest on the ancient boundary between the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire, marking a long-forgotten dividing line along the Pennine mountain foothills. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Top Withens, Haworth

With its situation above the Worth Valley amid the Pennine moors, Haworth is rather famous for its connection with the Brontë sisters, who were born in Thornton, but wrote most of their famous novels while living at the Haworth Parsonage (now a museum), when their father was the parson at the adjacent Haworth church. The abandoned moorland property known as Top Withens is particularly famous for being Emily Bronte's rumoured inspiration for her 1847 novel Wuthering Heights. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Shropshire Union Canal

The earliest part of this canal system was was constructed under an Act of Parliament in 1772. Today it's a fine stretch of living, breathing industrial heritage running through some beautiful low-lying terrain in the west midlands of England.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Yarnbury Lead Mine

Grassington is one of many charming villages in the Yorkshire Dales and is the focal point of Upper Wharfedale. It is home to Yarnbury Mine, a historic site which primarily mined for lead. In the 12th century, for some 200 years, mining intensified and Yorkshire lead was widely used in the great castle and cathedral building age. It is said that lead from Yorkshire mines was used in Windsor Castle, St Peter's in Rome and even on church roofs in Jerusalem.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Plumpton Rocks

Situated between Harrogate and Wetherby in the North of England, Plumpton Rocks is a historic garden of 30-acres which is host to a range of strange and fascinating rock formations. The garden has been used in numerous television programs, and it is rumoured that Robin Hood once hunted deer there.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Knaresborough

Knaresborough is an old and historic market town and civil parish located on the River Nidd in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Knaresborough Forest, which extended far south and encompassed many villages in the vicinity, is reputed to have been one of King John's favourite hunting grounds. View project

December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Thruscross Reservoir

Thruscross Reservoir is the northernmost of four reservoirs in the Washburn valley, lying north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire. The construction of the reservoir flooded the village of West End, which was in decline following the downfall of the flax industry. The remains of a flax mill can be seen at the edge of the reservoir, and more of the village has been revealed at times of drought, such as the summers of 1989 and 1990.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Keighley Picture House

A vintage cinema in the small northern town of Keighley, Yorkshire. Thanks go to the owner, Charles Morris, for giving me a tour behind the scenes.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Black Sheep Ale Brewery

The Black Sheep Brewery is a small independent business in the Yorkshire Dales which uses traditional techniques to produce a range of beers. Their product is exported to pubs throughout the country and at select locations across the globe.

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

The Lancashire Panopticons

'Panopticons' is a Lancashire arts and regeneration project that has populated the landscape with a diverse range of sculptures, scattered discreetly throughout high ground amid the locality's Pennine mountain foothills. The two Panopticons seen in this image set are known as the "Haslingden Halo" and the "Singing Ringing Tree".

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December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Middleton Bluebell Woods

A bluebell wood is a forest that in spring-time has a carpet of bluebells underneath a newly forming leaf canopy. The thicker the summer canopy, the more competitive ground-cover is suppressed, encouraging a dense carpet of bluebells, whose leaves mature and die down by early summer. As such there is but a brief window of opportunity every year to see the flowers flourish...it's a great experience to see their transient beauty before they vanish in the heat of summer. View project
December 4, 2011in Location Photography

Ilkley

Ilkley is an attractive little spa town. It lies between 80 and 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level and lies in a wide valley with the River Wharfe and pastoral farmland to the north, and Rombald's Moor a huge expanse of bracken and heather with rocky crags and outcrops, above the town to the south. The moor is a strange wilderness and holds all kinds of mysterious secrets.

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December 3, 2011in Location Photography

Beamsley Beacon

This excellent vantage point was once one of a chain of beacons used throughout England to warn of disasters or invasions. Around 400 metres above sea level, the spot allows great panoramic views of the crests and valleys which surround it.

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December 3, 2011in Location Photography

Lawnswood Cemetery

Lawnswood Cemetery was established by the Headingley Burial Board in 1874. It was laid out on existing woodland called Lawns Wood and extended gradually throughout the 20th century. It plays host to an amazing array of Victorian gravestones and many dramatic monuments. Now a final resting place sheltering many thousands of Yorkshire's souls, Lawnswood is an exceptionally atmospheric place during the autumn. View project

December 3, 2011in Location Photography

Ingleborough

Ingleborough mountain faces Whernside across the Yorkshire valley of Chapel-le-Dale. The mountain rises around 1,400ft above the surrounding lowland so the walk is an adventurous one. Being part of the famous "Three Peaks Challenge", it attracts plenty of hikers and is a popular thoroughfare in all weathers.

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December 3, 2011in Location Photography

Embsay

Embsay is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire; situated amid beautiful and dramatic terrain. The rock formation to the north of the village is called Embsay Crag. It overlooks an undulating mass of green fields leading down into the valley, through which snakes the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

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