Travelling Architectural Photographer, Andy Marshall

  • shares some stunning photographs, events and links,
  • continues that thing they call vanlife,
  • can't work out whether he needs to focus or relax
  • continues throwing sticks at shrubs
  • takes a sneaky peek at a brutalist masterpiece
  • finds a treasure of a book for a fiver in Oxfam

Image Of The Week

The Percy Canopy, Beverley Minster


On My Photo Stories Site

Photo stories are a mighty mix of the visual and the written word.

The Whitten Tree

How Places Are Made

The Whitten Tree isn’t a tree - it’s a shrub. It sits at the top of a bluff above Cinder Hill near where I live. Some time ago, I started throwing wind-blown branches at the base of the tree to mark a run, and after a few years, there grew a hefty pile of twigs.

"Entire cities, like Chester or York, have grown from such acts: where people have marked a spot for its significance. Then the sticks become cairns, and the cairns become shrines, churches, villages, towns and cities." - Andy Marshall, The Whitten Tree


From The Shop

The shop is a way of sharing the best of my work in return for your support. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy and own photography that has helped sustain me.

Beverley Minster Sun Risen Digital Print – Photo Wellness

Beverley Minster Sun Risen Digital Print – Photo Wellness

The sun rising above the magnificent edifice of Beverley Minster in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Focus or Relax? – Photo Wellness

Focus or Relax? – Photo Wellness

My Fractal prints are drawn directly from original photographs. They take on the exact colour and colour temperature from each photograph that they're based upon. The essence of the original photograph is woven into the visual presence of the fractal images.


From The Blog

Writing about photography, architecture, place making, heritage, travel, vanlife, mental health and wellbeing.

All Mapped Out | Sideclick

All Mapped Out | Sideclick

Finding my way through anxious moments

Spirit of a Place | Sideclick

Spirit of a Place | Sideclick

An exhibition I've been closely involved with: When people look back upon our time, I think that one of the defining phrases to describe our generation might be ‘the era of detachment.’



Meet Woody...

My van is called Woody - here's Woody at St. Britius, Brize Norton.
Pulled over on the road from Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales to grab a bit of breakfast.

Van Life & Photography | Sideclick

A photographer's guide to van life

"Travelling in the van has been a revelation for me – it feels like a constant pilgrimage, and my photography has been impacted by the diversity of time and place." - Andy Marshall, Van Life & Photography

A regional guide to Europe's best road trips - Lonely Planet

Packed with ancient history, sophisticated cities, cultural treasures, fine food and even finer art, Europe is an ideal region for a few road trips.


On My Coffee Table

Notes from Deep Time: A Journey Through Our Past and Future Worlds

📚 This is one of those rare books that takes you beyond your own sense of self. An antidote to our individualistic world.

The story of the Earth is written into our landscape: it's there in the curves of hills, the colours of stone, surprising eruptions of vegetation. Wanting a fresh perspective on her own life, the writer Helen Gordon set out to read that epic narrative.

Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s

📚 No matter where you come from, the images in this book are so evocative of the C20th - the places seem so distant now. What's wrong with a little peeling paint and the odd scuffed shoe? It depicts an era with a different ideology and outlook too.

Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted. 'Whole streets were disappearing and I hoped to capture some trace of everyday life of the people who lived there. I was particularly interested in the more mundane, even trivial, aspects of life that were not being recorded by anyone else.'

"Photographs miraculously preserve traces of the light which illuminates the present..." Shirley Baker

Britain's Pilgrim Places: The first complete guide to every spiritual treasure

📚 I carry this book in the van. More often than not, there's a place nearby to where I'm on a shoot. A wonderful hive of information. There's even some of my photos in here.... check out the Hexham Abbey section.

Britain's Pilgrim Places captures the spirit of 2,000 years of history, heritage and wonder. It is the complete guide to every spiritual treasure, including 500 enchanting holy places throughout England, Wales and Scotland and covers all major pilgrimage routes.


From The Charo's

Handbook To The Northern Cathedrals: Two Vols: Anon: John Murray 1869 - £5 from Oxfam Ilkley.




I visited Skeffling in the East Riding of Yorkshire last week. A small village with a medieval church (of around 1460) which is an oasis in the middle of an open landscape of fields that lead down to the estuary. Beyond the church, along the lane, is the park-up from where I took this 10 minute exposure. It captures the light streak of a tanker moving out to sea. To the right is the tungsten glow of Hull refracted in the clouds. If you're looking for a space to breathe and contemplate that is rooted in history - this is the place.

The Humber Estuary from Skeffling


I had a photo shoot over near Preston this week. You know, Preston? - the place with the remarkable bus station...

The wheels on the bus... by Andy Marshall

The wheels on the bus... by Andy Marshall

Words and photography by Andy Marshall [embed]



📸 I'm a huge fan of Edward Bawden and have visited Great Bardfield and sketched the church nearby. This is a rare opportunity to see some remarkable lithographs.

In 1950, the artist Michael Rothenstein wrote to the Arts Council from his home in Great Bardfield, Essex. He wanted money to help publish prints celebrating the Festival of Britain, in 1951, by himself and his near neighbours John Aldridge, Edward Bawden and Kenneth Rowntree. However, Philip James at the Arts Council refused. James feared there were too many prints being published and the country was suffering an outbreak of ‘lithograph fever’.



Historic England relists nine sites to mark 70th anniversary of Festival of Britain | Heritage | The Guardian

Newbury Park bus station in Ilford and Royal Festival Hall in London relisted

Ripon Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day - The British Pilgrimage Trust

Ripon Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day (from Fountains Abbey) – 6.5 miles.

Writer’s residence: a self-built cabin in the woods | Interiors | The Guardian

Part caravan, part cabin, this ‘carabane’ is the ideal retreat for this Belgian writer

At best, we’re on Earth for around 4,000 weeks – so why do we lose so much time to online distraction? | Books | The Guardian

Silicon Valley makes billions by stealing your attention. No wonder it’s so hard to focus…

Men's Sheds Association

Men's Sheds are community workshops where men can create converse and connect.



BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Living Mountain

Still available on the BBC. Robert Macfarlane undertakes an immersive poetic pilgrimage to the Cairngorms.

BBC World Service - Mastering Photography, Fay Godwin

I listen to this at least once a month whilst travelling out in the van. It's a real insight into the mind of a photographer. The self taught landscape photographer talks about her work

‎Hidden Histories: Seb Falk on The Light Ages on Apple Podcasts

‎Were the Dark Ages really that dark? Seb Falk argues that science and religion weren't at odds with each other in the medieval era, but two sides of the same coin.

Concertino bianco: 1. Con intenerimento | Spotify

This piece of music took me through a patch of anxiety just after lockdown finished. I felt a kind of agoraphobia and struggled for the first few shoots after lockdown.


And Finally...

A remarkable act of WWII recycling...

Fishbourne Roman Palace on Twitter:

“Just learned about these fences in London that are made from World War II stretchers. #NotRoman