Portrait of a friend, Stanley Rawlings, Derbyshire, England 1982. I recently came across this image that I made of my old friend. In the mid to late seventies this man taught me the techniques of black and white photography. He and I built a darkroom in his basement’s former coal cellar. I spent many an evening down there developing negatives and making prints, often ending the night drinking Stan’s homemade elderberry, nettle, or dandelion wine. I still refer to it as “Chateau Stanley.” Stan taught me how to see, and how to apply my vision to photography. Stanley drove a twin carb, Triumph Dolomite, far too much horse power for him. That said, he piloted us on many occasions, around the Yorkshire Dales, the moors, the coast and beyond. At the time I was using a Russian made Zorki camera. Shortly after that I graduated to a Canon AT1. This portrait of Stan was made on a pre WWll Rollei, Twin Lens Reflex, that spent more time in the repair shop than it did making images. I’m glad I got to use it on this photo of Stan. He’d be proud, as I am of him. Thanks for looking. G
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the northeast coast of England. Lobster pots, stone houses with red tiled roofs, a mead distillery, an island cut off from the mainland by the tide twice a day, where tourists abound, except on this blustery grey day. A flashback image to October 2013 on the holy island. Of course, we didn’t mind missing the crossing as there was always plenty to see and photograph and drink! Thanks for looking. G
Some images from the archive.
Lindisfarne Island lobster pots and stone buildings. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland on the northeast coast of England. When the tide comes in the island is shut off from the mainland twice a day. Spending a night on the island when the tourists have left on their coaches or in their cars, increases the sense of splendid isolation. It gives a slight glimpse into the past, when the inhabitants didn’t rely on tourism, but on fishing, the production of Lindisfarne mead, made by the monks at the abbey on the island, and catering to the pilgrims who traveled over the tidal sands to pay homage to Saint Cuthbert. Thanks for looking. G
The North Sea, off the coast of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, England. Behind me is a wealth of history… Out there, from whence they came. The Viking raid on Lindisfarne. Thanks for looking. G
Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, England.
The doors to the Priory Church of St Mary & St Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey. Entering the abbey church and inspired to look up, I made this image. Flashback to 2004, when I introduced my children to the “old country” and their relatives for the first time. Thanks for looking. G
The Cellarium at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire in the north of England. Flash back to October, 2013. “Fountains Abbey near Ripon, was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine Monks. It became one of the largest, richest and the most influential Cistercian abbeys in Britain.” Read more here on the BBC
Here’s another view of the “Cellarium”