Meet The Maker – Ross McGinnes

Ross McGinnes - Photograher

Ross McGinnes – Photograher

Hebden Bridge’s Ross McGinnes was lured into photography by the lush Calder Valley landscape, but soon found creativity in subjects more rough around the edges.



Originally from the Wirral, Ross moved to Hebden Bridge via Birmingham and  Leeds in 2005 and, surrounded by such magnificent countryside, found it rude not to invest in a decent camera. In fact he’d bought one before he and his wife Erika had finished unpacking!



During a steep learning curve Ross gravitated towards capturing everyday urban and rural decay such as rusty skips and abandoned furniture. He maintains one of the most satisfying comments he’s heard about his work is that he “makes the uninteresting, interesting.”

Gibson Mill

Percy enjoying Gibson Mill

There’s an air of melancholy about much of Ross’s work. There are none of the lush landscapes which first sparked him into picking up a camera. When there are pictures of local landmarks such as Gibson Mill or Stoodley Pike, he strives to shoot them from a different perspective to the ‘norm’.

'it's so funny how we don't talk anymore'

‘it’s so funny how we don’t talk anymore’

Ross lives with his wife Erika in Pecket Well with their two cats Belle and Percy. His work has appeared in editorial and commercial guises for the likes of The Guardian, Orange, Fuse8 Design Agency, Johnston Press, Bloodaxe Books and the Yorkshire Dales Guide.

Sunday 8th September sees the launch of our REcycled REscued REstored Exhibition. Our main Picture Gallery will be showcasing new and exciting work from Ross who has been inspired by this exhibition to scour the locality and Yorkshire in a bid to capture the process of classic car restoration, from ‘barn finds’ to concours classics. From Todmorden to Sheffield he’s photographed motoring icons untouched for 40 years, as well as gleaming show-stoppers. Here is a little sneaky peek at what we have in store for you:



One of the key images of the exhibition is an atmospheric shot of the dashboard of a 1938 Austin Big 7, taken at West Riding Classics in Luddendenfoot. “It’s a cliche, but they don’t make them like that any more,” said Ross. “The dials circled with silver bevels are stunning, true classic British craftsmanship. The plate screwed to the middle of the dash which lists the patents for the car is a great touch. It must have been a real display of pride that your new motor had drum brakes and detachable wheels!”

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