After weeks of self-congratulating and mass back-slapping at the fact we’d been COVID free for so long, the Isle of Man is now riddled, worse in reality than it was a year ago. So, we’re now in lockdown again until April 6th, at the earliest. Lockdown number 1, 12-months ago, was very productive for me: I made a book. Lockdown 2, or the first ‘circuit breaker’, not so fruitful; I just sat on the sofa, drinking beer for a few […]
I willingly embrace that any creative or artist will have their champions, and they will have their detractors. I post most of my work here because, and I assume, anyone stopping by must enjoy my images and writing? If that is the case, then it’s very much appreciated. Posting work on social media, especially Facebook, is a different game entirely. Until a couple of years ago, I shared just about every single photograph I’d made throughout various photography groups, all […]
I haven’t been off the Isle of Man for nearly a year. Just writing that fills me with a sense of panic. I miss the long, monotonous waits at airports and the gruelling, 12-hour drive to the far north of Scotland to join fishing boats. I crave for the crappy, low-budget motels and bed & breakfasts and sleeping, contorted, across two armchairs in the bar of a cross-channel ferry. I don’t find any of it unpleasant. I enjoy eating over-priced […]
‘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