From mid-2013 to mid-2014, corporate buying of existing properties exceeded $600bn (£395bn) in the top 100 recipient cities, and $1trillion a year later – and this figure includes only major acquisitions (eg. a minimum of $5m in the case of New York City). today’s large-scale corporate buying of urban space in its diverse instantiations introduces […]


Eastern Bloc cranking exploits

For those who are partial to this kind of thing. My crankhandle smugmug site (in all its much better new version glory) is now home to some new photostories on the heavy duty cranking thrills that can be had behind the former Iron Curtain. First up is a trip along the Baltic coast from Hel […]

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Batley project

New photographic project…work in progress…can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XbLbtNkWwLcHLwXQ2 Batley was the rough end of West Yorkshire’s heavy woollen district. Epic Irish slums turning out what was known as Shoddy. Taking wool rags and clothes and recycling them into carpets, blankets and uniforms. More illiterate Irish flood in. Shoddy Barons, a shoddy King, a shoddy […]

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Peatlands Way

  Picture story of the 50 mile circular Peatlands Way walk in South Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire can be found here. The walk takes in the Humberhead Peatlands – the largest complex of lowland raised peat bogs in the country and well off the beaten track.

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Picture story of three week trip through Georgia can be found here Feat: pipeline politics, animal sacrifices near the Chechen border and Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

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Crosby Beach in the Stuck Summer

The rubble extends the land Spills out onto the beach like no longer legal tender from under a mattress of green grass Lintels, colonnades, vitreous tiles, bricks from Accrington and Flintshire Merchants mansions, warehouses, profitable enterprises All the bombsites and slum clearances of the North The bonfires on the brick dust plains crackle All Unbuilded […]

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where our stuff comes from…

It’s not made by the pixies – but it comes from secluded places, so distant, that it might as well have been made by Martian pixie robots. From one big shed with no windows to a container ship to another big shed with no windows. And then it appears – like magic. In a wired […]

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