White Coppice Photographs

white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos

White Coppice is a hamlet close to Chorley, Lancashire, England. It is part of the township of Anglezarke. It was a glorious day when we first visited it, and here are a few photos of the areas we took while there, taken entirely on mobile phone.

white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos

 

white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos
white coppice photos by Mike Turner photos

Why Photography is Special

photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke

Somebody recently asked me, why I’d gotten into photography. My explanation, at the time, was that I was interested in capturing memories, and while that is very true, it’s much more than just that.

Photography is a form of visual storytelling, and as human beings, we’re wired to pay attention to stories, it’s ingrained in our DNA.

We make sense of the world around us through stories, our internal thought processes are formed into self-talk stories.

Stories stimulate our imaginations, and the interplay between our creative mind and our rational mind can take us on something of a journey.

Here’s a little game to illustrate this fact.

Here are three sentences….

  • He went to the store
  • Fred died
  • Sharon went hungry and wept

Think about them for a moment, what is going on here?

Are Fred and Sharon married?

Who went to the store, Fred?

Why is Sharon hungry and weeping?

There are no right and wrong answers, but you’ll undoubtedly find your mind fills in the gaps, and looks for explanations to make sense of each of the sentences, and how they related to one another.

Great movies work in the same way, giving bread crumbs of information, and letting the viewers imaginations go to work in finding meaning in them.

We do the same with photographs, we look at the visual information presented to us, and ask why? What can I to take from this photograph? What is it trying to communicate to me?

As photographers, we can use devices like focus and depth of field to direct the viewer’s eyes and attention to a particular part of the photograph.

shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples

We use light and dark to do the same thing..

photographs taken at Lymm Dam, Warrington
photographs taken at Lymm Dam, Warrington

Learning photography is not just about understanding about shutter speeds and apertures, it’s about learning how to see, how to pay attention, it’s about being immersed in the moment.

Through photography, we start to see how light falls onto different surfaces, how it bounces, scatters and reflects back into the eyes.

How colours are intensified on bright sunny days and how shadows add contrast.

Dovestone reservoir by Mike Turner photography
Dovestone reservoir by Mike Turner photography

We see how light adds drama to a scene.

Pendle walk photos by Mike Turner Photography
Pendle walk photos by Mike Turner Photography

 

photos of fowey cornwall by Mike Turner photography
photos of fowey cornwall by Mike Turner photography

Using light to tell the story we want to tell.

Photography helps us get out of our heads and the abstract ideas and thoughts that so often consume our full attention and instead get out into the world, fully immersed in life as it unfolds, in the moment.

It’s teaches us to see and appreciate the beauty in simple and unexpected places and things.

st josephs seminary in upholland wigan

Strip away the labels and judgements and see what’s hidden in plain view.

In the studio we help tell stories about people,  pets,  relationships and family dynamics. Each family is as unique as the individuals that make them up.

Each person is a dynamic story, still unfolding and growing, made up of experiences, memories with hopes and fears. We all embody a unique perspective that each person holds. I like the idea that we are the universe experiencing itself from infinite points of view.

family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
family photoshoots

Away from the studio, Hazel and I like to walk in nature, often along canal tow paths or in parks or even occasionally, in the hustle and bustle of cities, taking lots of photographs as we go.

red rock wigan photos by mike turner photography
red rock wigan photos by mike turner photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography

Life is ever changing, moments are fleeting, nothing is permanent and photographs help us experience these moments in life, over and over, to relive the story again and again. To help us remember a place, a person and a time we enjoyed.

If you’d like to learn more about photography, check out my one to one tutorials.

If you’d like to come for a photoshoot, or buy a voucher for family, friends or colleagues, check out the links at the top of this page.

Sankey Valley Park and Carr Mill Reservoir Photographs

sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs

Had a lovely walk in Sankey Valley, through to Carr Mill reservoir today. Great to have the sun shining for a change, and somewhat milder temperatures. Well worth a visit, if you’re looking for somewhere new to spend time with the family.  All photos taken on mobile phone only.

sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs
sankey valley park and carr mill reservoir photographs

Photos around Anglezarke

photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke

According to Wikipedia, Anglezarke is a sparsely populated civil parish in the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. It is dominated by reservoirs that were built to supply water to Liverpool, and a large expanse of moorland with evidence of Bronze Age settlements. Popular with walkers and tourists, it lies in the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, sandwiched between the moors of Withnell and Rivington, and is close to the towns of Chorley, Horwich and Darwen.

photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke

The Dash Poem

Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 Linda Ellis
http://lindaellis.net/

This fabulous poem by Linda Ellis really gets to the heart of what’s important in life, it inspired me to do this slideshow to celebrate the life of my wonderful dad, who passed away a short time ago.