Water, in all forms and presentations, has fascinated photographers since the beginning of photography itself. This particular view – on the Northumberland coast – caught my attention as sunset approached. I was in a pensive mood at the time, and the scene just suited me.
When visiting relatives in Northumberland in the summer of 2014, I would sometimes make my way into this nearby field, so that I could pick up a mobile signal! But here, the real benefit to the psyche was the true quietness and solitude. It was truly a perfect background for a few moments’ reflection, before checking for messages. The only occasional exception that comes to mind was the sound of gently falling rain – which I didn’t mind at all.It's kind to share!
…and in particular, electric lighting. Lighting has been a fascinating subject for me, as long as I can remember. My parents told me that among my first words spoken came the short phrase “Pretty light!”
This picture shows part of a collection of early filament lamps made by the Ediswan Lamp Company, a company jointly established by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan – they decided this was a better idea than arguing about patents for the rest of their lives!
This collection is on display at Cragside, Northumberland, originally the grand home of scientist, engineer and industrialist William Armstrong, now owned by the National Trust.