Civil Justice Centre Manchester at night
Manchester Albert Square Town Hall and post box
Liverpool Queensway Tunnel traffic at dusk with light trails
Gates to Strawberry Field inspiration for the song by John Lennon
Sunset over the Dee Estuary seen from West Kirby
Dusk view from Beetham Hilton Tower Manchester
Manchester Rochdale Canal fog 1996 (bw)
Manchester United 'Holy Trinity' statue George Best Denis Law Bobby Charlton
|Tutor Writer Linguist Guide Photographer-Videographer Aidan O’Rourke is a multitalented individual with wide experience in both education and media.
In his freelance career, he has photographed cities, written books, developed websites, made short films and videos and lots more. He has taught English in the Middle East and Asia as well as English and languages in the UK.
He has reached a very high level of competency in German and has also learned some elementary Spanish, Chinese and other languages.
He offers one-to-one tuition, group classes, walks and workshops. This 'pentagrafik' illustrates his five main areas of activity, with keywords. Click on the graphic to go to the About page.
Library Walk and Cornerhouse, the campaigns that made me return to Eyewitness
Posted at 21:48 on Thursday 14th August, 2014
I produced my old website Eyewitness in Manchester from 1997 to 2005 and major part of it was campaigning. I protested against Manchester City Council’s disastrous changes to Piccadilly, as well as several other projects. Since then I have become very disillusioned with how Manchester has developed for many reasons. Family involvements took me back […]
History of the railway from Piccadilly to Crewe – A new book with archive photos
Posted at 12:28 on Friday 8th August, 2014
I’ve always been fascinated by local history. I love to imagine how things were in different times, whether during my childhood or 100 or more years ago. I have a special interest in railways. I grew up near Cheadle Heath station and travel between Stockport’s Edgeley station and Manchester’s Piccadilly Station on most days. I […]
My first photos in New York – Lament for Kodachrome
Posted at 19:27 on Monday 4th August, 2014
In this video I talk about at one of the first photographs I took with my first film camera, the Fujica STX-1 SLR. I bought it while I was working in New York in the summer of 1981. It was the very first long exposure shot I ever did. I’ll never forget the excitement of […]
A selection of Twenty of my favourite books and films
Posted at 13:14 on Sunday 13th July, 2014
Here I’ve selected twenty of my favourite films and books. For me, books and films are of equal importance. They are stories, life experiences, fantasies, but told through through either words on a page or images on a screen. My own story ideas often encompass both writing and moving images. This is just a small […]
Manchester Architecture canvas prints – a unique artwork
Posted at 12:27 on Thursday 26th June, 2014
This set of eight canvases on the theme of Manchester Architecture was created in 2013 as part of a special project. I needed to express the idea of architecture in Manchester, old and new in the form of tall, narrow images. In each image, I placed an example of modern architecture on the left and […]
Obscure fact about photography: There were cameras in the Middle Ages!
Posted at 15:17 on Thursday 5th June, 2014
We may think of the camera as a modern invention, but not many people know that cameras were used in the Middle Ages. It’s speculated that they were used secretly, as those who used them didn’t want the wider world to find out about them. These cameras were used to make amazingly detailed and vibrant […]