The View from Saddleworth Moor

©Benjamin Swanson, 2018. 

Over the last few months I've been working closely with The Aleph, on the release of a new photo book.

During the week of Ian Brady's passing in May 2017, I had been staying in Yorkshire and had a trip planned to Manchester. I travelled to Saddleworth Moor to make a conceptually based project as a reaction to Brady's death, and to consider further his beyond barbaric actionsundertaken in the 1960s.

The View from Saddleworth Moor contains 12 images made during a single night upon Saddleworth Moor, the supposed final resting place of Keith Bennett, Brady's penultimate victim who's final resting place he took to the grave. The photo book also contains a short essay, in which I have tried to give some reasoning for the project. The book is completely hand made by the guys behind The Aleph, including a hand screened cover and text. It has been produced in incredibly limited numbers as The Aleph create editions to only 25. 

The book is currently up for presale, please take a look a look here.


Below is an exert from the Aleph Website on the project:


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The View From Saddleworth Moor is an exploration of proximity, a closeness that cannot be touched, something too close, something too far. With relentless precision, this book brings together a series of photographs taken on Saddleworth Moor that unfold into multiple narratives simultaneously revealing everything and nothing; the world and a void. Each image provides an intimate landscape of detail to be navigated and traversed through allowing the viewer to reveal fragments that question themselves, endlessly regenerating with nothing to pinpoint. The photos reveal an intimate story, one denied closure and one that addresses the darkest recesses of the mind.  

Each book is handmade with screen printed artwork and accompanying essay. The pages feature hand-cut inlays where the photographs inside the book may be removed and reinserted if needed. 
Limited to 25 editions.

Patrick Sampson is a London-based visual artist, whose works take a nihilistic view and often scrutinises the human condition through religious iconography, mythological symbolism and allegory.


Razoreater at the Boston Music Rooms

I photographed Razoreater at the Boston Music Rooms in May. Instead my usual short, sharp, shock style I tried out some colour gel/slow shutter combinations after having a look at Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" album cover. Click on the images to zoom in, these images hold hidden elements only visible under close inspection. The key is in the detail! 

All images © Patrick H. Sampson, 2016.

xRepentancex Last Show

I was given the privilege of photographing the final show of the seminal Vegan Straight Edge band xRepentancex, in Tunbridge Wells at the end of May. The band were short lived, playing shows for just 3 years, but they influenced countless people across the world to become Vegan, Straight Edge or both. The venue was absolutely packed for the last set and people had travelled from as far as the US and Australia just to see their swansong. 

Shooting them reminded me why I got into photography and of the buzz of shooting live shows. Clutching a camera and ducking windmills and spin kicks certainly keeps you on your toes! I'd like to thank my good friend John Olley for allowing me to shoot them on such an incredible occasion and wish the band the best of luck for their future endeavours.