Althorp Street Liverpool with view of the Mersey and Welsh Hills

The Welsh influence on Liverpool and the Scouse accent

There are many connections between Liverpool and Wales. It's said that Liverpool is regarded by many people in North Wales as their capital, not Cardiff. The Welsh accent has influenced the Liverpool accent, and the border with Wales is just twelve … [More]

Tony Wilson 1998

Tony Wilson interviewing Aidan O’Rourke & guests 2007

In June 2007 Tony Wilson interviewed Adele Loch Arlene McCarthy and me at the Cornerhouse Manchester. It was on a BBC Radio Manchester programme called Talk of the Town. Businesswoman Adele Lock founded the Gentry grooming company in Manchester. … [More]

Manchester Then and Now book cover

Featured book: Manchester Then and Now

  Manchester Then and Now is a book written by Jonathan Schofield presenting archive images of Manchester placed side by side with contemporary scenes - captured by yours truly Aidan O'Rourke! The book was published in May 2010 by Batsford … [More]

Silhouetted street lamp and rooftops, Wellington Grove, Stockport

Photo Essay: Silhouetted Scenes at Dusk

  I love the effect of dusk light, when street lights, buildings are cast into shadow and appear silhouetted against the sky. In the urban landscape of northern England, many of these buildings remind us of the past. Modern elements such as … [More]


History of Fashion Photography Pt 1

I became interested in fashion photography when, in 1991, I saw the exhibition Fashion Photography since the Second World War at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I found images very inspiring. I had never before seen so many original  prints from … [More]

Seamus Heaney by Jon Parker-Lee

Review of Manchester Photographer Jon Parker-Lee

  Jon Parker Lee has been active as a photographer in Manchester since 1993. An exhibition in November/December 2013 at the basement venue 2022 in Manchester's Northern Quarter celebrated his 20 years in the photography business. I went to … [More]


From Manchester to Liverpool by bus train car or ferry

I often travel between Manchester and Liverpool to run my photo walks, visit friends or just explore the city. So what's the cheapest way to do the journey? And what's the quickest way? There are lots of options: road, rail, canal, footpath. And is … [More]

CP Lee music and film historian

Interview with C P Lee music & film historian In 2006 I interviewed film and music historian C P Lee at his home in Manchester. On the occasion of his retirement on 30 January 2015 I am re-publishing the interview. Why is Manchester so pre-eminent as a city of … [More]

Alex McCann @AltrinchamHQ

Interview with Alex McCAnn @AltrinchamHQ

I got to know Alex McCann when I was one of the official photographers at Manchester's In The City music convention and festival. He produced an amazing music magazine and interviewed lots of bands. And then a few years later I looked on LinkedIn and … [More]

Winter sunset over Wythenshawe

Photo Essay: Heaton Mersey Dusk Skies

On a walk by the Mersey on 28 Dec I unexpectedly got two very interesting twilight views down the river, with the lights of the M60 out of focus in the distance. Earlier I took a photos series of the sun setting over Wythenshawe. The trees of the … [More]