Peelers

‘Peelers’ was the name given to the first police officers in the UK and they were named after Sir Robert Peel who introduced them, first in Ireland, and later in England. They were also known as Bobbies in England. The ‘new’ Metropolitan Police patrols, based in London, took to the streets on 29th September 1829,…

Getting Closer!

Famous war photographer Robert Capa is believed to have stated that “If your photographs aren’t good enough then you’re not close enough“. Now, it was harder for Capa (real name Andre Friedman) as he worked in dangerous and unpredictable environments than it is for those of us who are clicking away in our cosy little…

Dickensian Adolescents

A second shoot with the Ragged Victorians produced some interesting images full of personality, character and no shortage of mischief. This small set focuses on the teenage miscreants who were always looking for an opportunity to present itself. The Ragged Victorians are a group of period enactors / educators and can be found online at…

A Splendid Day Out

A Splendid Day Out was the title of a Steampunk gathering in Morecambe recently. The event is somewhat smaller than the better known Whitby and Lincoln meetings but it is much more local to me and I fancied an interesting day out. The main centres were the Platform and the Winter Gardens where some markets stalls…

The Great Unwashed

I had spotted the ‘Ragged Victorians’ on the web some months ago and was instantly attracted to the look of this group which, of course, meant that I wanted to photograph them. They seem to be based mainly in the south of England and I live in the north so that was not going to…

Black Country Living Museum

I spent a day at the Black Country Living Museum which is an excellent exhibition of times gone by. It is based in Dudley in the West Midlands and features, streets, buildings and transport principally from the Victorian era. Each aspect is built and furnished in great detail according to the era which it represents.…

SteamPunks

A great Saturday at Whitby provided some opportunities for some really interesting shots and something not previously in my portfolio. It was a uncharacteristically warm and sunny February day and was almost surreal for a ‘first-timer’ like me at Whitby as the bizarre and creative participants paraded their costumes and inventions in the small seaside town.…