Crossing Poland | July 2011

This publication takes you on a journey – in a carriage, on a train – similar to journeys people take every day all over the world. But this particular journey is taken as an alien in a foreign land. Viewing how the landscape differs, how their transport system varies, how traveling without understanding the language and where everyone seems to know you’re a little different.

Join me on this journey from Krakow to Warsaw on a July day.

This zine was announced as the favorite publication of the day by online publishing site, Issuu.

Crossing Poland was also selected by Impressions Gallery to appear on the reading table of The Sound of Two Songs exhibition of Magnum photographer, Mark Power at Impressions Gallery. This was the only publication Mark didn’t contribute to that was included.

Pages: 24 | Size: A5 | B&W | View a digital preview | £3.75 + P&P – numbered edition of 25.

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The tent that Jon made

This storybook dares you into a world far from nice,
a place where creatures are unfriendly, unhelpful, unkind.
What you will see is not easy on the soul
it’ll pray on your mind and take a heavy toll.
And, as reward, the garish and the vile is all you’ll have found
But these are the things you’re sure to observe
in the land inside the tent that Jon made.

Bringing together for the first time the writing talents of Phil Kirby and the photography of Jon Eland this book explores a very dark place. Seemingly everyday toys and other objects of play are shown for the sinister and malevolent creatures they really are. The frog, the owl, the fox, the tiger and many more are exposed – if you dare peak into the tent that Jon made

Published 2011 | 52 pages | £29.95

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A year of zines

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Throughout 2011 I created a series of small catalogues or zines relating to visits to specific places – these places have been both close and distant from my home location but one intent has remained throughout – to create a sense of that place as I saw it and to share a series of images that worked together.

You can view these on my virtual shelf on


Kirkstall Festival

For the 30th Anniversary of Kirkstall Festival (Leeds, UK) photographers were invited to come along and capture as many images as possible – these were later combined into an exhibition and book project managed by East Street Arts.

In addition to my usual digital imagery I also took along my Voigtlander Brilliant and captured some of the atmosphere on film. This gallery shows a selection of the resulting imagery.

And now, ‘Home from Home’ – the ’zine

Hot on the heels of finishing exhibiting in the Home from Home exhibition – I’m exhilarated to say… not only have the organisers approved my designs for the Home from Home ‘zine – a photographic record of the exhibition but… East Street Arts have agreed to print it!

I’m now waiting final information about production – but I’ll have a few to sell via this site when they’re ready!

More soon (including an online preview…)

A night of tent-based mayhem…

Thursday just gone saw me frantically driving from Harrogate to Leeds to get to 153 Woodhouse Lane so I could brief three would-be animals on mischief and bad behaviour ahead of the reading of ‘The tent that Jon made’.

After cursing at endless sunday-type drivers I arrived in the city centre; through ‘costumes’ at the willing dancer volunteers and rapidly non-briefing of the narrators it was just after 7 and time to start…

And, when we were all done, we posed for the Paparazzi…

If you go down in the Home (from Home) tonight; you're sure of a big surprise!
Image credit: Lloyd Spencer

All about being ‘home from home’

Things are steamrollering ahead with ‘The tent that Jon made‘, in promotional terms at least.

Following a showing of images from the book (and it’s prologue, Alan and the Animals – see above) the work also got accepted as a part of the 80-artist strong exhibition ‘Home from Home’. (for display, see right)

This exhibition was delivered by the Artists Book Collective and timed to coincide with Leeds International Artist’s Book Fair and shows an amazing array of talent and creativity. If you don’t believe me, why not read the reviews in The Guardian and The Culture Vultures.

What’s exciting for me is the chance to get involved – I attended the opening evening and snapped away; and again after I popped up to see the Book Fair itself. This has inspired me and, despite only shooting my photos on a camera-phone and it being my first attempt – I’ve decided to produce a ‘zine publication in response to the show. This format is not only perfect for the images but also the show’s link to the fair.

In addition I’ll be helping to provide some interest at the end of the show by arranging a reading cum performance of ‘the Tent that Jon made’ on Thursday’s late night opening. Hope to see you there.

Pics – moving and still – to follow!