Liam Paton - Union No1 album cover


I've been sitting on this project for a short while but I'm really please to announce the release of Union No1 by the award winning British composer Liam Paton.

Liam approached me a few months ago asking to use some of my images for the cover of his first album. I've always wanted to have my work used for music releases and as Liam's music is so beautiful, I was happy to jump on board. I love the design of the cover and think the photograph works perfectly placed. I'm looking forward to working with more musicians in the future!

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.


Colour Awards 2017

©Patrick H. Sampson, 2014.

©Patrick H. Sampson, 2014.

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Im pleased to say that I received an honourable mention in the 2017 International Colour Awards with my image of a Wild Horse dozing in the New Forest. I must say that I'd forgotten I'd applied until my boss saw my entry on the list! If you'd like to see some of the other entries, please take a look here.