I’ve always been a big history buff but until recently, apart from an abiding interest in the First World War, I wasn’t really interested in anything much later than 1485. But my dad loved machinery and was always hauling me off to look at steam trains and traction engines in which I had absolutely no interest. Recently though, I’ve come full-circle and become fascinated by industrial archaeology and the remains of our industrial past. I've also woken up to what an amazingly creative (if buttoned up) bunch the Victorians were.
I found Hull was a good place to go and on one murky late November afternoon in 2014, I was just able to get some shots of part of the old fish docks before they’re gone forever – which they are now. Somehow, the murk seemed appropriate. And on a bluebell walk with friends a couple of years ago we stumbled on a farm in the wilds of Kent with what appeared to be a traction engine graveyard which would have made my dad a happy man.
More recently, I've been hanging around the quayside in Newcastle, which is not as dodgy as it might sound and by pure nosiness discovered some absolute gems of art nouveau tile work in the Edwardian office buildings on Dean Street which is the extension of Grey Street, another architectural gem from the 1830s that architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner thought was one of the finest streets in England. See more images in the Stock/gallery section