October 1, 2022

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New photography book showcases the beauty of Britain by night, from Yorkshire to Bristol

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Way to glow! Mesmerising new photo book captures the beauty of Britain by night, from a seaside village in Yorkshire to one of England’s most famous trees

  • New book Britain by Night celebrates the work of British landscape and astrophotographer Mark McNeill
  • ‘I get a buzz out of taking photos at night, so I thought I’d travel the whole of Britain,’ says the photographer 
  • Other sites that feature in the tome include Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and Manchester city centre  

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See Britain in a different light courtesy of these illuminating photos. 

They feature in new book Britain by Night, published by Amberley Publishing, which celebrates the atmospheric nighttime photography of British landscape and astrophotographer Mark McNeill.

Within the compendium’s spellbinding pages are shots of the Darwen Tower on the West Pennine Moors silhouetted against a full moon, the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey lighting the surrounding rocks and some of Britain’s quaintest villages and streets wrapped in a cosy nighttime glow. 

McNeill, who is based in North West England, says that the idea for the book ‘was to try and capture Britain in a unique way’. ‘Most people take photos during the day – well, I get a buzz out of taking photos at night, so I thought I’d travel the whole of Britain,’ he writes. 

The introduction to the book reveals: ‘The landscape of Britain is transformed at night when its man-made and natural landmarks are illuminated against a backdrop of magnificent stellar skyscapes. In the heart of our cities, iconic structures are picked out and away from the built-up areas in our darker spaces the astral and lunar world takes to the stage alongside the landscape.

‘In Britain by Night, photographer Mark McNeill has captured a huge variety of night scenery and skyscapes that show both natural and man-made Britain in a new light… look through these photographs and you will quickly see the fascination of the nighttime world of Britain beneath the stars.’ Scroll down to see a selection of 15 of the striking images that are showcased in the tome…

A silhouette of the Darwen Tower on the West Pennine Moors against a full moon

A beautiful shot of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, under a starlit sky. McNeill reveals that for every shot that worked, there were plenty of opportunities that slipped away: 'I travelled to lots of places and didn’t even manage to take a photo due to rain, wind or traffic. So many things got in my way – even Covid-19'

A beautiful shot of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, under a starlit sky. McNeill reveals that for every shot that worked, there were plenty of opportunities that slipped away: ‘I travelled to lots of places and didn’t even manage to take a photo due to rain, wind or traffic. So many things got in my way – even Covid-19’

A haunting shot of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, with the building's reflection appearing below in the River Aln

A haunting shot of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, with the building’s reflection appearing below in the River Aln 

The bright lights of Blackpool, with the tower and pier illuminated in striking fashion

The bright lights of Blackpool, with the tower and pier illuminated in striking fashion

A breathtaking view of an illuminated Knaresborough Viaduct in North Yorkshire. The 80ft-high structure carries trains travelling to and from Harrogate

A breathtaking view of an illuminated Knaresborough Viaduct in North Yorkshire. The 80ft-high structure carries trains travelling to and from Harrogate

The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, with the long-exposure shot streaking the headlights from vehicles passing below. 'Adding the movement of cars and buses adds a bit of interest into a busy area,' the author writes in the book's introduction

The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, with the long-exposure shot streaking the headlights from vehicles passing below. ‘Adding the movement of cars and buses adds a bit of interest into a busy area,’ the author writes in the book’s introduction

A stunning shot of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. For aspiring nighttime photographers, McNeill writes in the introduction of his book: 'A good tip is always try and bring a tripod with you, or rest your camera on something like a wall or beanbag. When you do night photography you need to do long exposures, mainly because it's so dark, and you need to hold the camera for at least five to ten seconds to capture an image'

A stunning shot of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. For aspiring nighttime photographers, McNeill writes in the introduction of his book: ‘A good tip is always try and bring a tripod with you, or rest your camera on something like a wall or beanbag. When you do night photography you need to do long exposures, mainly because it’s so dark, and you need to hold the camera for at least five to ten seconds to capture an image’

An atmospheric photograph of the Black Bull pub in the village of Haworth in West Yorkshire

An atmospheric photograph of the Black Bull pub in the village of Haworth in West Yorkshire

The usually bustling city of Manchester is eerily quiet in this photo by McNeill

The usually bustling city of Manchester is eerily quiet in this photo by McNeill 

A gorgeous pink sky reflected in the calm of Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park

A gorgeous pink sky reflected in the calm of Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park

A shot of the iconic Forth Bridge from the town of Queensferry in east central Scotland

A shot of the iconic Forth Bridge from the town of Queensferry in east central Scotland 

An inky sky looms over the seaside village of Staithes in North Yorkshire

An inky sky looms over the seaside village of Staithes in North Yorkshire

A captivating picture of South Stack Lighthouse off the coast of Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales

A captivating picture of South Stack Lighthouse off the coast of Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales

A view of the Milky Way over Sycamore Gap next to Hadrian's Wall in the Northumberland National Park

A view of the Milky Way over Sycamore Gap next to Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumberland National Park

A well-angled shot of the 19th-century funicular railway that links Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire with Saltburn Pier and the seafront

A well-angled shot of the 19th-century funicular railway that links Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire with Saltburn Pier and the seafront

Britain By Night by Mark McNeill and published by Amberley Books is priced at £16.19 via www.amberley-books.com

Britain By Night by Mark McNeill and published by Amberley Books is priced at £16.19 via www.amberley-books.com

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