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New Year - New Resolutions - New Photographs - 2019:

Our 2018 resolution was to walk 500 miles (nothing to do with the Proclaimers) with our cameras at the ready. This objective was exceeded, with Jan achieving over 900 miles and myself in excess of 800 miles. Although many of our walking jaunts did not produce the kind of photographic opportunities that we tend to specialise in, a collection of the resulting images can be found via our Alamy distributors. Please click on the following link on view images from our 2018 portfolio: Click Here…

During 2018 we also decided to publish a collection of images from our more contemporary artistic portfolio. The imagery included scenes from both the UK and other European landscapes and offered views as far afield as Edinburgh and Venice. We still have many thousands of these images to process and upload. To view images from our current collection please click on the following link: Click here…

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any images from our current portfolio, of future commissions.

February 2018:

The New Year began with a resolution to walk, and photograph, 500-hundred miles of the UK’s coastal, urban and rural walkways.  As of the beginning of February, we have already completed over 100 miles of this objective. A weeks walking tour around the Welsh coastal town of Aberystwyth allowed us the opportunity to further explore the Wales and Ceredigion Coast Path. But without frosty mornings and snow filled backdrops, January can be a challenging month for landscape photographers. However, with perseverance, patience and lots of walking (always with cameras and tripods) January, and for the matter February, can provide occasional landscape drama and beautiful lighting conditions. In addition to walking the coastal path, our week in Aberystwyth allowed us to visit the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest and witness the daily Red Kite feeding frenzy.  However, it would require several more visits to do both Bwlch Nant yr Arian and the red kites full photographic justice. The following imagery of our January Wales Coast Path walk are available for viewing via the following links:

December 2017:

Additional European scenes from Switzerland, Northern Italy and Venice have now been uploaded and are ready for viewing.

Our artistic collection has also been enhanced with stunning views of rural Cheshire, Blackpool and Scotland’s iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Please click on the following link to view the most recent uploads.

Additionally, links to previous uploads can be viewed by clicking on the links found via the ‘Old News’ link below or by searching via the links on the right of this page.

November 2017:

As mentioned in our October news bulletin,  we have started to upload images from our European adventure. To date scenes from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland (including a very cloudy, but notorious, Grimsel, Simplon and Furka Pass) and Italy are now available for viewing. Please click on the following links to view images from each country:

In addition to our European images, we have also began to make our portfolio of artistic urban and rural landscapes available. Initial customer response has been very encouraging and we have decided to offer further samples of this, previously unseen, collection available for viewing via the following link:

As time and commitments allow we will be uploading further locations of this artistic portfolio, especially from the dramatic Wales Coastal Path.

October 2017:

As our portfolio of over 25,000 images and video clips will testify, we tend to execute our photographic capture skills within the UK . As stated many times before, we truly advocate that photographers don’t have to travel very far from their own front door to capture pleasing, and even dramatic, photographs. However, throughout the month of September we decided to ignore our own counsel, and ventured beyond the UK borders and into Europe. A return road trip of nearly 3,000 miles allowed us to sample some great European sights. Our adventure took us through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Our outward journey culminated in the historic and beautiful city of Venice, before returning via Northern Italy, Switzerland and France. It’s not all sunshine in Europe, and although the rural landscapes (especially in Switzerland and Northern Italy), urban architecture and local culture offered lots of photographic stimulation, we were hampered by the same climate frustrations that have spoiled many UK photographic excursions. We have already began working on the resulting images and will be posting links to them early in November.

August 2017:

In terms of travelling and photographing UK landscapes, we normally designate July and August as ‘stay close to home’ months.  One, of our many clichés, is that a photographer does not have to venture far from their own front door, to capture appealing, interesting and aesthetic imagery.  Our own county of Cheshire, and being in close proximity to the North Wales border, offers countless picturesque urban and rural photographic opportunities. And, just to prove the point, the following short slide show contains a selection of recent imagery all of which was captured, during an early morning stroll, less than 500 metres from our own front door.   Click here…

July 2017:

The month of June was devoted to exploring the newly designated North Coast 500 in the Highlands of Scotland. The route begins and ends in Inverness and takes in some of the most remote, tranquil and dramatic scenery that the UK has to offer. However, we have always maintained that you should never visit Scotland, and especially anywhere north of Inverness, in search of a suntan. And whilst the rest of the UK basked in record breaking heatwave temperatures, we explored the Scottish hills wearing extra layers of clothing and got good use of our Gore-Tex waterproofs. As landscape photographers we are well accustomed to the UK climate and despite the unseasonal Highland weather, we did achieve some fantastic results. Scotland, especially the Highlands and Islands, will never disappoint anyone seeking tranquillity, remoteness and dramatic soul cleansing vistas. To view the results from our northern adventure please click on the following links:

May 2017:

We are currently working on new range of quality products and giftware, all of which will display images from around the UK. We will also use this opportunity to display previously unseen artistic versions of UK rural and urban landscapes . It is hoped to publish wholesale prices in the very near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in stocking our product range. It is also hoped to make the items available for individual online purchase. To view our initial selection of products please click on the following link. Click here…

Feb 2017:

With the exception of winter snow scenes, the month of January is traditionally a quiet period in terms of our style of landscape photographic capture. However this January, in the hope of capturing some real winter snow scenes, we decided to venture north to Oban and explore Glencoe, Glen Etive and the island of Kerrera. Although we missed out on the stereotypical chocolate-box winter scenes, no trip through the mountains of Glencoe is wasted - especially for landscape photographers. The lack of snow topped mountains and valleys were compensated with ever-changing light conditions. Glen Etive, a valley now famous for its part in the Skyfall movie, rewarded us with dark brooding cloud covered peaks, lochs and rivers. All of which proved to be superb backdrops for the occasional appearance of wild deer. Walking on the isle of Kerrera supplied both of us with sole cleansing solitude, whilst the historic Gylen Castle is a picturesque (and some say haunted) foreground to the islands rugged southern coastline. Other northern scenes included the picturesque town of Oban, the Bridge over the Atlantic on the isle of Seil and the Nether Largie Standing Stones at Kilmartin. The month of January concluded with some local walks and photography, on Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail, and the Shropshire Union Canal. All recent (and previous) images from the above excursions can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

New for 2017: Contemporary UK Landscape Images

The following links will generate a slide show of High Dynamic Range (HDR) artistic contemporary images, depicting UK landscapes scenes in England, Scotland and Wales.

These highly artistic images are ideal for customers who are looking for something a little bit different for use as book covers, travel articles or even wall art. Our portfolio contains over two thousands of these images, which are currently only available by contacting us direct. Please click on the following links to view a sample selection of these new images:

December 2016 News:

It’s been a busy few months which has been jam packed with further UK based travel and photography. Visits as far afield as the picturesque Suffolk town of Southwold, the historic Welsh town of Conwy to the autumnal banks of Loch Ness. Places in between have included the beautiful Isles of Islay, Gigha and Arran. Coastal photographic walks in Ayrshire and Stonehaven also provided many aesthetic scenes.

To view the newly uploaded images please click on the following links:


September 2016 News:

We are currently on location photographing the stunning Scottish isles of Arran, Gigha, Islay and Jura.  The resulting images will be available for viewing via next months news update. We are posting regular tweets of our current excursion via our Twitter UK City Images account. Please click here to view tweets…

August 2016 News:

Some stunning images from the fascinating and picturesque Port Sunlight Garden Village and the Cheshire village of Thornton Hough, have just been added to our portfolio. Both of these locations have been heavily influenced by the soap entrepreneur and philanthropist Lord William Leverhulme. We are now producing, beautifully illustrated, articles  for travel and general magazine/newspaper publications. With our first two publications depicting the history of both Port Sunlight and Lord Leverhulme.

Please click on the following links to view our recent images and illustrated articles:

July 2016 News

June & July Edition of Cheshire Life

Photographers normally always strive for front page coverage, especially of quality publications. We are once again (for the second month running) especially delighted to have supplied the front cover for Cheshire Life’s July edition. Please click on the following link to view the magazine: Click here…

Local Scenery

Travel photographers often seek new horizons and although we personally tend to specialise on UK urban and rural landscapes, we also sometimes tend to forget what is outside our front doors. Indeed, in the last few weeks since photographing sections of the Wales and Anglesey Coast Path, we have travelled to the Lake District, Edinburgh and Northern Scotland. All in pursuit of increasing and improving our travel video and stills portfolios. However, on this occasion we decided to take a few days photographing our own Cheshire neighbourhood, and the results were excellent. Rapeseed  fields in full bloom and picturesque village landscapes. To view the resulting images, please click on the links below.  Other recent images include Edinburgh Castle, Loch Dochart, Loch Lomond, Loch Lubnaig, Glencoe and a very wet and grey Beinn Resipol. We even managed to capture a few aesthetic scenes from the River Kent near Kendal. Please click on the links below to view the superb imagery from these recent and a few previous excursions.

June 2016 News

June Edition of Cheshire Life

We are always pleased to see our images in any publication, but are especially delighted to have supplied the front cover for Cheshire Life’s June edition. Please click on the following link to view the magazine: Click here…

Wales Coastal Path

The Wales Coastal Path was formerly declared open in May 2012 and consists of an 870 mile long distance footpath, (1,400 km) which runs from the market town of Chepstow to the Cheshire border on the River Dee. The route also includes the Anglesey Coastal Path Walk which, in itself, is a 124 miles long.

We plan to walk, photograph and film the whole of the path (over a lengthy period of time) and recent sections completed include:

To date, with the exception of a 10 mile section of coast at Cemaes Bay in Anglesey, we have now walked, photographed and filmed the Wales Coast Path from Chester to Four Mile Bridge in Anglesey.  Please click on the links above to view images from our recent excursions.

April 2016 News

The month of March enabled us to capture scenes from the Scottish Borders area, including the historic and picturesque town of Melrose. The Eildon Hills (above Melrose) provided an idyllic elevated platform to admire the aesthetic magnificence of the Scottish Borders landscape. A few days spent on the Solway Firth were rewarded with a stunning sunset over the eroded saltmarsh terraces and beach near the village of Powfoot. A journey from our Cheshire home to Scotland is seldom completed without a stopover in the Lake District, and on this occasion we managed to explore the west shore of Lake Windermere from Bowness to Castle Wray. Please click on the following links to view images from this short late winter excursion.

Spring is most definitely in the air and during the month of April, we hope to complete a few miles more miles in our quest to walk and photograph the – 870 mile long – Wales Coastal Path. Images to follow…

February 2016 News

January was an interesting month for UK news photography, but less suited to our style of landscape photography. As we write this news update on the 1st February, the sun is shining but storm Henry is sweeping across the UK. Still we hope that the February weather will allow us to be more productive in terms of photographic capture. Our portfolio is predominately UK based and we truly believe that the contrasting UK urban and rural landscape, is diverse enough to keep us both motivated and busy for the rest of our careers as photographers. Our current portfolio extends from the picturesque south coast of Cornwall to dramatic shores of the Orkney islands - please use the links on the right of this page to view images from our portfolio. This style of photography may seem a little sedate for the more adventurous among you. However, our previous careers as military photographers gave us enough excitement to last a lifetime. To view images from our military career please click on the following link:  Click here…  

January 2016

Happy New Year from Alistair & Jan Campbell of UK City Images.

Traditionally the month of January in not our favourite month for capturing colourful landscape scenes. Fortunately we have more than enough office administration to keep us busy until the rain stops, and the sun makes its spring appearance. Some of this desk bound work includes preparing our video portfolio for distribution in the USA by Corbis. In addition, we have very recently invested in a ‘DJI Phantom 3 Professional’ drone, which subject to some flight and images quality testing, may allow us to capture our traditional rural landscape scenes from a slightly different perspective.

December 2015

The season of autumn witnessed the escape from the shackles of our desks, at least for a few weeks.  And once again we managed to add a variety of locations to our UK portfolio. Scenes from; Blackpool Illuminations, Coniston Water and the Antony Gormley Iron Men sculptures on Crosby Beach. In addition a very recent trip north of the border to the Scottish Highlands, rewarded us with spectacular autumnal scenes especially on Loch Tarff and Camus Forest in the vicinity of Loch Ness. Some rather obliging highland cows also provided a picturesque foreground to the autumn colour on the hills of the Isle of Mull. Although we have photographed them on many occasions it is always difficult, if not impossible, to drive past a few of the more popular landmarks without stopping. This included Loch Leven, the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and Eilean Donan Castle. Please click on the links above and below to view images from each location:

If you have ever wondered how we manage to travel the length and breadth of the UK to capture our urban and rural scenes? Well a clue can be found in these linked images.

September 2015

The uploading of our UK and European portfolio to Corbis has continued over the last few months. Corbis has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and serve the creative and editorial industry in more than 50 countries. To view our Corbis portfolio please click on the following link: Click here…

To see more of our portfolio with Corbis please click on the following link: Click here…

Since our last update, we have enhanced our portfolio with spring images of Cheshire villages and even included spring views of our own garden. our own garden continued in our quest to enhance an already extensive portfolio of UK based travel images. Please click on the following links to view these new images:

Village of Aldfrord, Cheshire.

Bolesworth International CSI4*, Cheshire.

Garden Campbell, Cheshire.

Click on the relevant link to view the imagery. More new images coming soon including the Cholmondeley Castle Pageant of Power and stunning spring views of Port Sunlight.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or our distributors, if you wish to discuss a photographic commission or licence a particular image\video.

June 2015

Great news for our overseas and North American customers. Our portfolio of UK travel scenes are now being supplied via Corbis. Uploading our portfolio will take a little time. However, many Scottish based scenes (including Edinburgh, Glasgow and other more rural locations) are already available. Please click on the here to view our images with Corbis.

Since our last update, we have continued in our quest to enhance an already extensive portfolio of UK based travel images. Please click on the following links to view these new images:

Town of Skipton, Yorkshire

Yorkshire village of Kettlewell

Yorkshire village of Arncliffe

Yorkshire village of Malham

Yorkshire Dales Long Distance Footpath

Please click on the relevant link to view the imagery. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or our distributors, if you wish to discuss a photographic commission or licence a particular image\video.

April 2015

Well it’s been a busy few months and as the memories of the partial eclipse of the sun fades, we find ourselves in that very rare situation of being one hundred percent up to date with our image and video uploads – more about this in a second.  And just in time as spring is no longer around the corner. Spring for an urban and rural landscape photographer (well at least for us) is like emerging from hibernation. We give our cameras a dust off, do a complete check of our kit and start hitting the road to build on our already extensive portfolio of UK scenes and landscapes.  Our recent batch of uploads include scenes from:

The Wales Coastal Path

Dramatic views of Nant Gwynant valley

Rainbow over Lake Vyrnwy

Aesthetic views of Dartmouth

Beautiful gardens in Luss

A colourful Chester Cathedral

Sunset over the River Mawddach Estuary

The historic and picturesque historic ruins of Hermitage Castle

The last of our Kefalonia images

Please click on the relevant link to view the imagery. The majority of last year’s scenes have also been captured in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) format, which we are debating how best to show and distribute these very dramatic images. Lastly, all of last year’s video has also been captioned and uploaded, which includes the majority of the above scenes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or our distributors, if you wish to discuss a photographic commission or licence a particular image\video.

November 2014 News

Our intentions to walk and photograph both Snowdon and Ben Lomond  over summer were thwarted by other professional commitments. However, in our long-term quest to walk the Wales Coastal Path, we spent over a week walking on Anglesey and the Holy Island. As our images hopefully illustrate, we did manage to achieve some picturesque landscape photography of Anglesey’s dramatic coastline.  The Anglesey section of the Wales Coastal Path is a 124 mile long distance footpath\walk . Our newly uploaded images of Anglesey’s west coast can be found via the following link.  Anglesey Images

On a professional photographic capture basis the month of November can offer some surprising photographic opportunities with pleasing low angle sunlight, a bit of frost and the remnants of autumn shades. So while the sun shines we will use every opportunity to escape the chains of our keyboard and screen, to bring you great photographs of the UK’s beautiful urban and rural landscapes. Don’t forget we are always looking for new and challenging photographic commissions and can be contacted via our email and telephone details on the Contacts Page.

July 2014 News

Since our last news update in May, and in addition to our normal work schedule, we have partially explored Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, and had an early two-week summer holiday in the picturesque Ionian fishing village of Fiskardo, in Kefalonia. We often state to family and friends that travel and landscape photographers don’t have holidays, they just have a change of scene. We are still uploading images from Kefalonia but here is a link to some of those images: Kefalonia Images

A week’s walking and photographing Hadrian’s Wall was thwarted by our old adversary the weather. However, we did manage to achieve some nice images of the area which will be uploaded for viewing in due course. If time, weather and workload permit, our plans for July include photographing North Wales from the top of Snowdon and Loch Lomond from the summit of Ben Lomond.

May 2014 News

Stunning recent images of Port Sunlight in the spring have now been uploaded and are ready for viewing. Port Sunlight was constructed in the late 19th century as a model village to house the workers of the adjacent Sunlight soap factory (Lever Brothers). Funded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Lord Leverhulme  (William Hesketh Lever) the model village was declared a Conservation Area in 1978. This stunning Cheshire village also contains the Lady Lever Art Gallery and a number of picturesque park and garden areas. More information on the village can be found at the following link: Port Sunlight

Wales Coast Path

Our quest to photograph and video the 870 mile Wales Coast Path (WCP) has progressed with two more walks. The first from the west shore of Llandudno to Penmaenmawr (approximately 10 miles) was thwarted – at least on a photographic basis - by the lack of sunshine. This section of the WCP is an easy going but very scenic route which offers several stunning vistas of Conwy Castle. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, we didn’t take the cameras out of the backpacks. However, we have vowed to return to this section of the walk on a more photogenic day and hopefully capture the scene. The second section of our walk began where we left off in Penmaenmawr and was completed in Bangor. On this, approximately, 10 mile section of the WCP we were graced with better weather which allowed us to capture a few picturesque scenes, all of which can be viewed from the following link: Penmaenmawr to Bangor

The next phase of the walk will see us crossing the Menai Bridge and entering into Anglesey. The Anglesey section of the WCP is a 124 mile long distance footpath\walk, which formerly starts and ends in Holyhead on Holy Island. We have already completed some sections of the Anglesey path and the images can be viewed via the following link: Anglesey Path

2013 News Summary:

During 2013 our images and videos were used across a wide spectrum of media from books to TV adverts. The year witnessed our images being utilised to illustrate a plethora of articles in many global locations, from our normal UK customers to many European countries and beyond.

We have been especially pleased with our front cover images of the prestigious monthly magazine ‘Cheshire Life’, which also very kindly published a five page article about us in the November issue - click here to view the Cheshire Life article. Indeed, this trend continues into 2014 with the February issue containing another five-page article, this time based on our Cheshire images which illustrate photography during the months of February and March.

Our main photographic portfolio of 2013 was undoubtedly captured during an extended trip to the islands of Orkney, in northern Scotland. All of our images, and videos, from this trip can be viewed by clicking here.

Another major image and video collection of the year included an undertaking to begin walking the Wales Coast Path. Images from the northern section of the route can be viewed by clicking here.

Despite our publisher (Derby Books Ltd) going into administration we still hold a limited supply of the Chester City Guide book, which are available via our Amazon account - please click here to view the book on Amazon.

Our other titles - York City Beautiful, Chester City Beautiful and Derby City Beautiful - were sold off to numerous suppliers and may still be available via various outlets. We are also actively researching another publisher and looking at ways to convert the titles into E-Book style publications.   

Our plans for this year are almost identical to last year, and include further exploration of the UK, with the odd trip to other European countries. If time and commitments allow, we hope to continue our exploration of the Wales Coast Path. And, with camera and tent on our backs, we also hope to explore a few other remote areas of the UK

Plans for 2019