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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Construction began in 1882, 135 years ago at the time of my visit in 2017. The current estimated completion date is 2026 - 2028 but this will more than likely change. Information In 1882 construction of Sagrada Família commenced under architect Francisco Paula de Villar until 1883, when Gaudí became involved when Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 192[...]
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High Royds Lunatic Asylum

High Royds Lunatic Asylum Visited with: Alex & Klare Visit Date: February 2015 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History - Courtesy of www.highroydshospital.com High Royds, Psychiatric Hospital 1888 - 2003 After years of construction the new Asylum was to take in her first 30 female inmates on the 8th October 1888, all transfers from the overcrowded Wadsley Asylum, Sheffield. Elizabeth Johnson was first woman to enter the Asylum in October 1888, She died on February the 15th 1904 and was la[...]
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Winchester BPE 2017 - The Lady does well!

My results for the Winchester BPE arrived last week. I had 2 accepted out of the 4 that I entered with 'Lady of The Manor' also being awarded a Certificate of Merit. I am very happy to see that this new image is performing well, hopefully it stays in favour with the judges. Thanks for reading,
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Molly's Chamber Live 28 July 2017

I finally got the chance to photograph Molly's Chamber! I had a fantastic evening enjoying the Music, Drinking a few Beers, photographing and seeing friends both old and new. If you have never seen Molly's Chamber live I highly recommend doing so. Below is a link to the bands gig page that will show the venues and dates they will be playing. Molly's Chamber Facebook Page: Gig Page with Dates & Venues Band Members Lead Singer: Drea Knight Drummer: Terry Palmer Bass Guitarist: Steve Jelly Lead Guitarists: Mark James & Stephen Lavin [...]
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Fleetwood Lifeboat Day 2017

One event in the year that I always look forward to attending is the Lifeboat Day at Fleetwood. Sadly last year I was unable to attend due to other commitments that were on the same day, this also meant that I would be missing the first showing of the new Fleetwood Lifeboat the Kenneth James Pierpoint. The Kenneth James Pierpoint replaced the William Street which arrived in Fleetwood in 1989 and was retired in August 2016 after 27 years of service. So with all that said I was very happy that I could make it to the 2017 event and I was excited to get some photos of the New Fleetwood V[...]
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Club Photography - Advanced Colour PDI Winner

On the 6th June 2017 the Presentation evening for the Poulton Photographic Society was held for the 2016/2017 season. Each year the club holds 3 quarterly PDI internal competitions of which you can enter 3 categories, Colour, Monochrome or Nature. You can only enter 3 images in each quarterly competition which will equal 9 images total for the year. This year I decided to concentrate on the colour section. Below are my results. PDI 1 - Chapel of Decay (No Score), Abandoned Faith (Commended - 2 Points), Beth (No Score) PDI 2 - Stacie (First Place - 10 Points), Forgotten Possessions ([...]
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Fleetwood Church, St Peter's

Project Brief: To photograph the inside of all of the churches within Fleetwood and to supply a brief history. Project Link: Fleetwood's Churches St Peter's Church Lord Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6DX 01253 876176 www.stpetersandstdavidsfleetwood.btck.co.uk Visit Date: 28 May 2017 Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Canon Fr John Hall. I would also like to thank Maureen Burns for arranging the visit. History Fleetwood is a 19th-century planned town, the creation of local landowner and Preston MP, Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood. In 1836, he[...]
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Commercial Shoot - No Angel Boutique

I was contacted by Caroline of No Angel Boutique in Cleveleys about the possibility of me photographing some of her clothing range for her new shop. After meeting to discuss what Caroline was looking for we agreed to go ahead and we set a date for the shoot. The shoot I feel was a success and we managed to photograph the 8 outfits for the shops website. We photographed each item until both Caroline and myself was happy with the detail, pose and lighting before moving on to the next outfit. I really wanted to make sure that I captured a lot of detail in the photos from head to toe so that[...]
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Portrait Shoot - Dark and Moody

Photographer: Alan Duggan assisted by Alex Burnell Model: Sarah Jane Crawford Location The building was built in 1815 and was used for assemblies, dance balls and parties by the so called 'high society'. Over the years the building has been used for Weddings, Drama Performances as well as being used as a home base for Societies. Sadly the building has been disused since the late 1990's and is in real need of repair. Shoot Ideas I had an idea in my head that I wanted to create a set of dark moody images. The feeling I wanted the images to portray was not set in stone, however, I[...]
 
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