I must have been in low-posting mode at the time, because I don’t seem to have mentioned the rather nice (if short) BBC series Britain from Above which was shown last year. This featured Andrew Marr being zipped around the country in a variety of flying devices and showed some quite stunning images. The book to accompany the series, rather than using stills from the video footage, featured photography by the well-known and bloody good Jason Hawkes. At the time, it was generally on sale for not much less than the list price of £25, so I didn’t bother. However, Waterstone’s recently reduced it to a mind-bogglingly cheap £5.99, at which point I couldn’t resist.
And it’s really good stuff. Lots of pictures, not just of the obvious landmarks (London skyline, Angel of the North…) but some more obscure ones too. And there’s a sort of “then and now” section which shows how some parts of the country have changed – loss of industry, loss of coastline…
Highly recommended if you’re even slightly interested in photography.
Talking of Jason Hawkes, if you haven’t already seen his superb London at night pictures, have a look now: