Postcards from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

I’ve been involved in a rather special journey over the last week or so — accompanying my friend Duncan Davis on his narrowboat, Pearl Barley, from Skipton to Leeds.

Defiantly imperial, Duncan briefed me ahead of our mission:

“The total distance is 28 miles, 7¾ furlongs and 28 locks. There are at least 32 moveable bridges of which 3 are usually left open and 20 small aqueducts or underbridges.”

The journey took five days, albeit at a leisurely pace. The time taken to travel home to Newcastle by train from Leeds? 90 minutes!

A longer blog post beckons once I have sifted through the hundreds of photographs I’ve made. In the meantime, I’d like to share my favourite Instagrams from the journey with you.

All made with my iPhone 4s and edited with Nik Software’s Snapseed, I view them as a kind of scrapbook for formulating my thoughts whilst also acting as modern day postcards, winging their way into the timelines of my followers…

Pearl Barley on the Leeds Liverpool Canal

The 57ft Pearl Barley

Morris 1000 Dashboard

Duncan had a surprise for me — we would drive from Frosterley to Skipton in his 1955 Morris 1000…

Pearl Barley narrowboat gearbox

Before we could go anywhere, the gearbox needed seeing to…

Captain Duncan Davis at the tiller of his heritage narrowboat, Pearl Barley

Captain Duncan Davis at the tiller of Pearl Barley

Pearl Barley on the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Standing on the roof of Pearl Barley as we pass through a leafy stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal…

Bingley Five Rise Staircase Lock

Entering the first lock at Bingley Five Rise…

Bingley Five Rise Staircase Lock Gates

Water gushes through the 4220kg gates at Bingley Five Rise…

Pearl Barley moored at Saltaire on the Leeds Liverpool Canal

The stoves keep us warm during a chilly, misty morning at Saltaire…

Duncan Davis at Fanny's Public House, Saltaire

Duncan Davis at Fanny’s Public House, Saltaire

Cornerstones 1996~2004

Finn, Photography by Jack Lowe

‘Finn’ by Jack Lowe, available in the Cornerstone Collection

As my about me page describes, I’ve been re-embracing my own photography recently (the whole raison d’être for this site, of course) and it’s amazing to see what can happen when one makes certain mental shifts.

Indeed, print No.1 of Bardsey Island sold within an hour of being released!

No sooner had I collated this Behance Project, which I entitled Cornerstones, then enquiries gently came my way asking about the availability of those images too.

So, I thought you might like to know that I’ve now created the Cornerstone Collection, right here on these pages.

It is comprised of photographs made between 1996 and 2004, all of which have been pivotal to me in some way during what I consider to be the first chapter of my photographic career.

If you are already familiar with my work, you’ll find some old favourites nestling in there…

Tree Space 4, Photography by Jack Lowe

‘Tree Space 4’ by Jack Lowe, available in the Cornerstone Collection

Welcome to my Latest Creation…

Jack Lowe, Photography, Photographer, Travel

I bid you a warm welcome to this, my newest creation — my newest creation?  Yes, there are others…

You might like to visit them — Jack Lowe Studio documents some of the day-to-day work from my photographic printmaking studio and DigitalBasics shares tutorials on the basics of digital photography.

So, what’s different about this one and why Mr Jack Lowe?

Well, at heart, I consider myself to be a photographer.  With the distractions of life and in the plight to earn a crust, one’s roots can sometimes get left behind or even forgotten in this fast-paced life of ours.

I always said that I would return to my own photography at some point and, after twelve years of dedicating my life to the work of other photographers, I feel the time has come to embrace my own work once more.

To that end, this blog will be my forum and I hope you enjoy it.

Jack Lowe, 9 years old at York

A photographer for as long as I can remember…

What to Expect…

Mainly I will share my own work in progress with you, culminating in the periodic release of specially selected images — either as sumptuous Digital Archival Pigment prints or the finest Platinum/Palladium prints, which you will be able acquire and collect if you wish.

Also, expect to see posts on matters that interest me and that I think might be of interest to you too, usually with a photographic slant or connection but perhaps not!

Let me know if there’s anything you like, don’t like or would like to see more — I’m all ears on this new journey…

Mr Jack Lowe…?

Finally, why the formality of Mr Jack Lowe?

This is purely a consequence of the availability of domain names.  It’s happened quite a bit recently with Twitter, Instagram and now this WordPress blog.

With jacklowe already taken, I’ve been opting for mrjacklowe instead — I’ve grown to quite like it and so decided to run with it a little…