A foggy morning at Crosby beach and marina

I live close to Crosby beach in north Liverpool, which has, in recent years, become famous for the Anthony Gormley art installation called Another Place. Also known as ‘the iron men’, the installation consists of one hundred iron statues made from a cast Gormley made of his own body.

Initially intended to be a temporary exhibition, the statues were purchased by Sefton Council and have now been on the beach for over a decade.

To say the iron men are popular with photographers, both amateur and professional, is an understatement. A quick Google image search for ‘iron men Crosby’ brings up lots of photos of the statues, the majority of them being caught on fine, sunny days or silhouetted against a colourful sunset. (Though, to be fair, the winter sunsets at the beach can be just stunning.)

It’s really hard to come up with something that hasn’t been done before.

However, when I woke up to a thick blanket of fog the other weekend, I jumped at the chance to grab my camera and go have my turn at photographing the statues.

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A New Year’s Day walk on West Kirby beach

New Year’s Day can be a bit of a non-day for many. For those who aren’t sleeping off a long night or nursing a severe hangover, going out for a walk somewhere can be a great way to blow away the cobwebs and pass some time.

As we were staying at a friend’s house over on the Wirral this New Year, we decided to go for a walk at Red Rocks on West Kirby beach.

Like much of the coast around the region, the beach is flat, sandy and has a large tidal range. West Kirby Beach looks out at the north coast of Wales and Hilbre Island. This stretch of beach has some amazing rocks which are great fun for the children to clamber around on.

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The Christmas lights and delights of Liverpool

Town centres can be hell in the run up to Christmas for even the most hardened of adventurers. Bad weather, more shoppers than you can shake a stick at and every one on every corner trying to wrench your wallet open.

If you’re not actually shopping, however, it can be really fun to have a wander and see the sights.

This year, Liverpool city centre has gone all-out with German-style markets (fashionable at the moment, I believe), large Christmas trees, a fairground and other such delights. I took my two girls into town late on Saturday afternoon for some Christmassy fun.

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‘The Little Mermaid’: a retelling for the Being Human Festival

My girls and I love a good trip out to a museum, and our most recent trip to the Walker Art Gallery didn’t disappoint.

As part of the Being Human festival – a festival dedicated to spreading the humanities love – the Walker had a mermaid-themed day.

Having two young girls who are fans of Disney’s (slightly sanitised version of) The Little Mermaid, I thought they’d enjoy the Liverpool Players’ retelling of the classic fairytale.

The performance didn’t disappoint.

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River of Light, Liverpool 2016

The River of Light was Liverpool’s contribution to the UK’s annual Guy Fawkes Night for 2016. A joint venture between the Liverpool and Wirral councils, it saw celebrations on both sides of the Mersey, culminating in a floating firework display in the middle of the river.

Determined not to come home with any more unplanned pets this year (following last year, when we went to a local display and ended up with two goldfish), I decided to take my two girls into town to see the River of Light.

It’s been a few years since the city’s main firework display was on in the centre of town – it’s been out at Sefton Park for a while, which is a great venue, but not so easy to get to as the city centre for many parts of Liverpool – so I was excited to see what the evening had to offer.

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‘Animal Mummies Revealed’: behind the scenes

One of my favourite cultural haunts in Liverpool is the World Museum. I often take my girls there to while away a few hours on a Saturday amongst the dinosaurs, bugs and ancient cultures.

We always love the temporary exhibitions which come to the museum, so I was very lucky to have been allowed in to the Animal Mummies Revealed exhibition (October 2016 until February 2017) for a couple of hours while it was being set up to get some behind-the-scenes shots.

It was just fascinating to see what was going on.

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Fujifilm XF16mm f1.4 lens up close and personal

At the beginning of October 2016, I bought myself the Fujifilm XF16mm f/1.4 lens (24mm equivalent on full-frame sensors). My reasoning was that I needed something wider than my 35mm for those situations when you don’t have room to step back to capture a scene, such as shooting in small spaces or busy environments. It’s also quite useful to not have to walk halfway down the street to get the whole of a building in shot.

And, I can’t deny that since then it’s really helped me out in those situations.

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Charlcombe Church: Bath’s oldest church

Charlcombe Church (or, the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Charlcombe, to give it its official name) is Bath’s oldest church and the place of many great childhood memories for me.

Although it underwent extensive work in the 19th century (including the addition of the vestry on the north side and the stained-glass windows), the church was first built during Norman times. It’s a tiny church, but has enormous character. Here’s a few fun facts about it.

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