After the Coal Dust – The Book

Our book “After the Coal Dust” book was released on the 1st October 2020. It is available in two hardcover editions 12″ (ISBN 978-1-8381596-0-3) and 8″ (ISBN 978-1-8381596-1-0) as well as a Kindle edition (from November 2020).

The print editions contain over a hundred images and several short essays on photography. Both books have 130pages on high quality 200g/m2 paper.

After the Coal Dust records moments in time.

Each image tells a story. Each photograph is absolutely complete.
This is not an easy task for any photographer. The Gills unique book is not about despair but about survival, acceptance, and emotional understanding.

You find yourself taking time over each page, drinking in the light and shade of the scene in front of you. Perhaps, as a photographer, wishing that you could have captured that image.
The fact is that this is one of the very best books of photography to come to the table. An outstanding production: the beautiful images carefully edited and thoughtfully chosen.

Craig Coussins


I’ve followed Bridget and John for a few years and loved their work with street portraits and photography. Hearing they had a book coming out was brilliant. The book has almost all my favourite shots, albeit missing the Infamous ‘Lycra Man’. The presentation and quality is outstanding. I loved it.

Lucas Thompson-Murphy


Waited patiently for this book to be released, wasn’t disappointed great photography from John and Bridget. Street photography at its best, every day life captured through the lens. I bought the large copy well worth extra price. Well done to you both

Duncan Grieve

Berwick on TWEED

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