The two sheets of 9 photographs are selections from a series of photoshoots taken in early 2015 and chosen as a group of 18 for a portfolio submission to join an MA in Fine Art and Education programme at Northumbria University. The pictures show the smoke, or more correctly the steam stack of the Egger Factory in Hexham, Tynedale, Northumberland. The factory makes chipboard, furniture board and other ‘engineered wood’ products from raw and recycled timber. The steam cloud is an omnipresent part of the Tynedale valley, visible from many miles and an accepted part of the landscape. I am returning to this theme as a possible starting point for this Blog.