‘For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things–taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many, our living frames are altogether immune…It was […]
The year twenty-twenty-one – it has quite the futuristic ring to it. When I was a kid, growing up in the 70’s and 80’s of the last century, the year 2000 was ‘The Future’. 2021 was unimaginable to me. Now, I do imagine going back in time to my 10-year-old self; how would I attempt to describe what the world has become, 40-years on? Where would I start? “Okay, Phillip – electric cars which drive themselves, cameras that don’t need […]
What to say about the year 2020 that hasn’t already been said? Nothing. So I’ll just keep it to the casual collection of my favourite images from the previous year. As usual, I’ve chosen the photographs that I personally enjoyed, they all have a specific connection to my year. I won’t try and predict what lies ahead in 2021, I’m just glad I’m here, happy, healthy and still passionate about photography.
In a few weeks, this building will be gone. Given its location, it’ll probably be the site of the show home for the housing estate they’re building in the fields behind it. This derelict garage, situated on the outskirts of Castletown on the Isle of Man, has no historical interest, it’s not a listed building and nobody’s going to miss it. But I will. I’m not sure what it is I like about it? I’ve done a few photo-shoots here, […]
“Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage; If I have freedom in my love And in my soul am free, Angels alone, that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.” Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison
I love this time of year, especially on the Isle of Man. My home town of Peel is perched on the west of the island, but sits in a north/north-westerly facing aspect, so although we get a lot of quality daylight, Peel is also very exposed to the harshest of weather, even in the summer. Some people dread the winter. I don’t. I look forward to the short days, the low, watery light and the gales and storms rolling in […]
Two-days into September, and it’s as though nothing ever happened, at least that’s how it feels on the Isle of Man. Okay, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to afford to leave the island for a trip away, then self-isolate when you get back, we still have our wings clipped. But we’ve been COVID free for over 100-days now. I’d love to be able to get on the ferry, cross the Irish Sea, drive up to the far north […]