Category Archives: News

Instagram overload



I’ve split my Instagram account into three as of the weekend.

Follow @nickminers for my day-to-day Instagram, with photos mostly from my phone of things I see and do that I find interesting.

Follow @nmp_brutalism for architecture photography – mostly black and white, with an emphasis on brutalism and modern architecture styles.

And for landscape lovers, follow @nmp_landscapes for my photos from Iceland, the Lake District and beyond.

Most of the images on these last two accounts are available to buy as prints – you can hunt them down on my online print store or simply ask by commenting on the photo(s) you like on Instagram.

2016 Iceland Calendar

I’m making another calendar of Iceland photos – these are what the images will be for 2016. Prices:

UK customers: £15 each
Mainland Europe and Iceland: £20 each
USA and rest of world: £25 each

There will be discounts for bulk orders – ask for details. Continue reading 2016 Iceland Calendar

Impressions of Iceland

I’ve been posting these photos up all over my social media feed lately; these are images I’ve made in Photoshop from photographs I have taken during my many visits to Iceland over the years. Ever since the first time I went to Iceland it has struck me how the landscape can be represented by bands of colour, from the green of the aurora in the sky through the white snow-capped mountains and glaciers, the bare black rock, the green (or brown) of the grass and the black sand beaches that lead into the deep blue-grey of the north Atlantic ocean. Continue reading Impressions of Iceland

Glasgow School of Art

As I write, the news about the fire at the Glasgow School of Art is still a breaking story, it is unclear how extensive the damage is.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Scottish genius Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the many reasons I am interested in architecture. When I first saw photos of one of his extraordinary high-backed chairs, on a poster for an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert museum years ago, my interest was piqued. In 1999, I went on a tour of Scotland with my family and we visited the Hill House in Helensburgh, the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauciehall Street but were sadly unable to visit the Glasgow School of Art as it had closed, minutes prior to our arrival.

I was already familiar with a lot of his work having bought a copy of the wonderful book, The Mackintosh Style by Elizabeth Wilhide, which among other things explains how Mackintosh understood how closely linked the disciplines of architecture and interior design are, reflected in the unique and strikingly beautiful chairs, beds, clocks, light fittings and countless other features found in his buildings; but to be able to see the results of his astonishing imagination at first hand was an experience I’ll never forget.

Which makes it all the more upsetting to hear the news today about the fire that has broken out in the School of Art. I only wish I’d made the effort to visit the building again after our disappointment all those years ago, and I can only hope that enough of the building remains to enable it to be restored to its former glory.

Mackintosh died aged 60, just as his work was beginning to take new and more interesting directions (as seen at 78 Derngate in Northamptonshire) so we will never know what more he could have been capable of producing. At less than 100 years old, the world should mourn what could be the premature loss of the Glasgow School of Art.