The Northern Lights – York, Yorkshire

Light, landscapes are all about light. Ive never photographed under the light of an aurora before and living in Yorkshire wasn’t really holding my breath. However I heard some reports from Scotland that there was a good show this evening so I stood in a field and after my eyes adjusted a little I could make out the faint green glow of what I assumed must be an aurora. To the naked eye it wasn’t really much to write home about but when I pulled out my camera and my 24mm F1.4 and combined that with a 30second exposure the results were really quite special.

More Interiors / Property Photography – North Yorkshire UK

A return visit to a house in North Yorkshire that I’ve previously photographed. There’s so much to photograph in this property and everywhere you look is beautiful design and outstanding craftsmanship. It’s a real pleasure to work in such exquisite surroundings.

Top of the shoot list this time was a stunning wine cellar. It’s glass frontage and complete lack of natural light (being in a cellar) provided quite a challenge to light.

Property & Interior Photography Yorkshire

Property & Interior Photography Yorkshire

Property & Interior Photography Yorkshire

Property & Interior Photography Yorkshire

Property & Interior Photography Yorkshire

Rowntree Park Cafe / Lodge House – York Architectural Photographer

I was recently commissioned to photograph this rather attractive building in York’s Rowntree Park. Rowntree park is my local park and I feel incredibly lucky to have it so close. It was opened in 1921, designed by Fred Rowntree and W.J Swain as a memorial to the workers of Rowntree who fought in The Great War.

The Rowntree family had a significant impact on York’s architecture and this is just one of the many examples to be found all over York.

The University of York, Heslington East Campus – Architectural Photography

A second visit to York University’s new Heslington East Campus. If you’ve visited York you’ll know the abundance of historic buildings we have here. So these contemporary buildings boast a stark contrast. I love new buildings almost as much as I love old buildings. In fact I love any building with strong architectural merit.

If you haven’t paid a visit to Heslington East yet, then I strongly suggest you do. There’s such a variety of buildings, all of them quite different, yet all of them tied in with each other to give the campus a real sense of unity.

University of York

University of York

University of York

A couple of Exteriors – North Yorkshire Property Photography

It has been a while since we’ve seen so much sun. And photography without sun is like roast beef without horseradish (to me anyway). It’s fine but you know it could be so much better.

So after what feels like years with only the odd day of sun we’ve had a number of weeks of it and photographing exteriors of properties has been a joy.

Here a few of my favourites from my travels.


Interiors Photography – Property Photographer York

I recently had the pleasure of photographing one of the most stunning houses I have ever photographed (and I have been to thousands of houses).

It was a showcase property for the rather wonderful Bonham & Bonham who make beautiful bespoke furniture and interiors. Wonderful panelling, spectacular bathrooms and kitchens, even a gunroom, this property had it all. I look forward to my next visit to photograph some more of this truly spectacular home.

York Floods September 2012 – Urban City Photography Yorkshire

The last week in September saw the highest river level in the Ouse for 12 years. Damage to properties was pretty much limited to those known to be at risk of flooding during exceptionally high river levels. York’s flood defences are designed to cope with the river at these heights but there are still a number of homes and businesses that were inundated with water and I’m sure for those effected it was a very difficult few days.

I took a couple of walks around the city to document what was happening.

Skeldergate contains quite a number of river front flats. Nice views of the waterfront and all that. Most of them have car parks underneath which flood a few times a year meaning everyone has to move their cars elsewhere. Usually that’s the only inconvenience and occasionally in higher floods they have to use gangways to access their flats. The height of the river this time meant they were completely cut off with the gangways underwater. If you were in, then you were stuck if you weren’t then you’d be needing somewhere else to stay for a few nights. I also counted 4 cars in the various garages here so owners obviously hadn’t been able to move their cars in time and were up to their roofs in water.

The Millennium bridge in Fulford was cut off at one end meaning a 3 mile round trip for cyclists and walkers needing to cross the river Ouse here. On the plus side the high water does allow for reflections not normally possible.

The A19 at Fulford under a couple of foot of water. This is one of the major roads out of York and its closure caused considerable traffic chaos throughout the city.

Skeldergate from a side street. There should be a road in the foreground

There are many lamps at various levels of submersion. Shame they couldn’t be turned off to save a bit of electricity as I doubt the ducks have much use for their light.

Walk past these houses on Friars terrace on a sunny afternoon and you would probably think they are among the best houses in the city. I don’t know if they were flooded this time as access was impossible but they certainly looked precarious

A drain attempts to swirl up the retreating floodwater on Alma Terrace

The River Foss is protected from flooding by the Foss Barrier which pumps out the water from this basin into the Ouse to prevent flooding from this normally canal like river.

From Clifford’s tower’s mound you can see the flooding on tower street and in the distance St George’s field car park

Clifford’s tower developed a moat

Ouse bridge (the location for the feature shot) makes a great place to view the floods from

Kings Staith in flood including the famous ‘Kings Arms’ pub which is well used to a watering from the Ouse

From the other side of the Ouse bridge these waterfront building usually have a less prominent riverside view