I lived in Manchester for 4 years and Hazel is actually from Manchester, yet we hadn't been back (to the centre at least) in 10 years. Time for a walk down Memory Lane. So the other Sunday we did just that. It was an overcast day so black and white was ideal.
It's an awesome city. The only one in the UK that can stand up to London's buzz and genuinely rival it.
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At 525pm after a great run through we arrived at Orlando Airport. An horrific check-in and security clearance followed by many reminders of the British. What a set of dicks we are!!
Orlando Airport is lovely though and we had a nice something to eat.
So it's the end.
It was amazing, as expected, and will put our lives in a new perspective. A Floridian perspective.
And smiling, lots.
And then as if to punish me, just as Jack Black says in his cameo part in Anchorman, "And now this is going to happen...."
I am sat in the departure lounge of Orlando International Airport. I’m at Gate 80 waiting to board my flight back to Manchester.
“Hello Ladies and Gentlemen we are about to start boarding flight VS076 to Manchester. Can all passengers seated in rows 90 through 70 please form a line with your boarding cards and passports ready?”
Three-quarters of the mob stand up in a hasty dash towards the smiling airport employees like they’ve been craving this moment for years.
Now, I ca ...
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After university my job took me to England's North-East; a traditional and industrial region with a strong sense of identity. I stayed there 6 years. My two sons were born there. It has its own beauty but overall it is bogged down by negativity, industrial decline, a lack of culture and a desire by many to return to days gone by and not progress at all.
Put short, I couldn't wait to get out.
We finally sold our house in the first week of 2012 and made the move to Yorkshire. A little village called Bubwith to be exact; just south of York, a city we love. Bubwith is a sweet village with the beautiful River Derwent running passed its West side and some very characterful houses. It also has the most wonderful bodega called The Jug & Bottle, which has to be explored if you're in the area.
It also happens to be quite photogenic. On my first few days here the sun shone brightly and I captured some great winter sun shots. Then 2 weeks later the whole village was covered in snow! Once again, ...
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I receive a lot of requests from friends, and friends of friends, asking me to shoot their weddings.
Until recently I’d put off most requests because I didn’t think I had the bossy talents needed to direct huge groups of people to get the great shots required in such a short space of time. Plus you know, the guests aren’t bothered to having their photo taken in various family and friends groups at the end of the ceremony; mostly they just want to start drinking.
Anyway, I said yes to one last year for a very close friend. And to be honest, I quite enjoyed myself. The results went on Flickr and I received some nice feedback.
Then another request I accepted in April and by chance the bride and groom walked through some beautiful gardens in Sunderland (yeah I know, Sunderland?!) and I managed to shoot some stunners there.
That led to my full day wedding in June. By heck, it was baking hot. They were a genuine gypsy family and they had the most stunning horse and carriage for the day. ...
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