Wigan is my hometown.
I have lived here for 47 years and was born here - Wigan will always have a place in my heart and in my work - as I have grown older I have become less parochial but I am still proud of the place and the people.
You will see lots of other images on my site of Wigan, but this little collection brings together some of the more different shots I have taken over the years.
Wigan Town - this was taken a few miles away up on the hills around Ashurst Beacon looking down over the town. The DW Stadium is in the foreground with the town behind it - in the far distance you can see the imposing Pennine Hills that keep the Yorkshire folk out - no, I am a great fan of our neighbours - always welcome here.
The Parish Church - I am not religious in any way, in fact I spend no time at all thinking about the subject - I respect others views, but it is not for me - but I Love religious buildings. I think it comes from a general love of architecture full stop, and this HDR inspired shot really does interest me.
Another massively familiar place to all Wiganers is the park and particularly this building - if you haven't had an ice cream here then you really are not a proper Wiganer are you !
Although the north west gets rain, yes lots of rain, we don't tend to get really bad snow in the towns and the cities - the high ground yes, but the towns avoid it. However a few years ago we did get some decent snow and I shot and then created this image which remains one of my favourite ones from my artistic creations.
Probably due to my love of architecture, I have developed a love of sculpture as well, not the stuffy art locked away in museums, but the living sculptures that are there to be admired and lived with. This is the face that forms part of the area outside the Life Centre (or Wigan Council offices to me and you).