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 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 […]
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 […]
“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
Somebody told me that they don’t understand my photography. I don’t understand what they don’t understand? Because there is nothing to understand. Some people share photos of their meals – if I ever have a meal in front of me that’s THAT interesting, I’ll photograph that too.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a fantastic model from the west coast of Ireland, Roseena McNair, who was visiting the Isle of Man for a couple of days. Roseena has a beautiful natural look and wore no makeup at all. I’ve done no skin retouching, whatsoever. I see the work of photographers whose models have the appearance of having been dipped in wax; they have a kind of Madame Tussaud’s look to them. When confronted, they’ll insist that […]