Stained Glass Window

Salford 18th September

Poem borrowed from my page at

A tale a bit crafty, a bit religious, but all by me

Artwork created at Craft Sessions at Brain & Spinal Injury Charity in Salford.



As the Sun comes up,

its light shines through

the panels of coloured glass

angling the now coloured light

painting a picture,

of scenes on a floor

And as the sun shines,

through that brightly coloured window

reds cast with yellows

and greens cast with blues

as molten lead holds on tightly,

keeping the picture alive


Enter a caption





Salford 3rd September 2017


its interesting the way things are valued


I’ve returned to this pic i took at the local art gallery, currently displaying some pieces from the Pilkington factory, once of Salford, now St. Helens.

Of course , every item has its price tag.  There is a replacement value for Insurance purposes….initial cost of production….blah blah.

The artist will want their recognition of course, the irony ? Their work’s rises upon death – thanks to some VERY Shrewd investors.

But the cost to replace the artwork – is priceless – for it would take a great deal of time, skill and blood sweat and tears to replace the artwork behind the glass panel.  And once the artisan has passed, you could copy his/her work…but it would never match the original….it would be a pale imitation

drop it….and it might get its value back….buried and recovered decades later….

So, with that in mind – here’s a pic of a local northern landmark from a local artist (you might know him, you’re reading his stuff!!!) – lets call it £10 for a print


Glass Houses

10th May 2017

An acrostic about politics – and what some politicians should do from time to time

Sat amongst your opulent surroundings

A testimony to your greatness,

You hurl insults at one-another

In vain – but in reality you

Never address the problems youre sent in to fix

Got to say – that a child, aged three


Sees and understands what you can’t

Overall, you talk the talk – but responsibility is

Royally Ignored – which is funny for a parliamentarian

Reality will bite back at you , but by then all the

Yelling and screaming from you and your collegues will be too late.

Special effects

A Musical Piece (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

10th March 2017

Today at BASICs photography session, we’ve had a bit of a Musical theme, using objects we’ve used before together with some musical notation.

Musical Notation (Closeup) (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Sheets of Music were used by the group to create some wonderful imagery. everything from rings and chains to coloured backgrounds.

Musical Heart (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Some shots required close up photography or zoom, whilst others required angles or distance. Once again, I used my Bridge camera to create the shots , and we used overhead lighting to get the best of the effects.   I’m happy with the shots I took in the session

Heart of the Music (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Ringing Musical Heart (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Maskerade (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Musical Reflections (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Musical Fortune (p)  Brian F Kirkham 2017