In what was predicted to be the worst storm surge in 30 years strong winds and high tides caused by a low pressure system sitting over the country all combined to cause severe flooding in many of our coastal towns and villages around the country. The surge resulted in the deaths of two people with many hundreds more forced to be evacuated from their homes because of the rising water levels. Businesses and shops were damaged or destroyed in some cases, roads and car parks were torn up with the power of the crashing waves and severe disruption was caused in many areas.
Emergency services and council employees worked throughout the night to ensure people and property were safe or at least to try and minimise the damage that had already being caused and by first light the clean-up operation was well underway but some of the structural damage to many properties will take months to be rectified.
I was shooting in Saltburn, Sandsend and Whitby during that time and the pictures below are a selection…
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Prince Charles met senior staff and management, newly appointed apprentices and local school children today as he visited the offices of PD Ports to mark the 50th anniversary of trade through the Tees Dock in Middlesbrough, England. The Tees Dock is owned and operated by PD Ports and is the hub of operational activity at Teesport. Tees Dock is the premier container port in the North East and the UK’s best-connected feeder port.
During his visit he also had the opportunity to meet youngsters and mentors from the The High Tide Foundation
High Tide is a charitable foundation, created and driven by businesses on Teesport. It exists to raise aspirations and improve education and employment opportunities for young people on Teesside by bringing together companies who are customers, suppliers, operators and investors in Teesside, with the River Tees being the connecting theme.
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The Lumiere Light Festival comes to the City of Durham for the third time this weekend and brings large scale projections, neon lights and light installations all used to create a nocturnal art trail through the city….here’s a small selection from earlier this evening….
‘Crown of Light’
A projection onto the Cathedral featuring illuminated manuscripts from the Lindisfarne Gospels
‘The Other Side of the Wall’
A visitor looks on at artwork created by sixty offenders from County Durham’s three prisons and one Young Offender’s Institution who worked with the artists to create this installation. Each participant was invited to fill two perspex boxes. One depicting moments from their past and another showing how they see their future.
A 3D optical illusion of an elephant is projected onto an archway
An atmospheric installation conjuring up the sights and sounds of an abandoned country fairground
Illuminated stick men come to life and invade the former Miner’s Hall in the City
Lanterns light up the river bank along the River Wear
An iconic red telephone box is transformed into an exotic fish tank
Serving and former soldiers, Army cadets and members of the local community take part in a parade and service on Remembrance Sunday on November 10, 2013 in Middlesbrough, England. People all across the UK gathered to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.
Crosses of Remembrance
A woman lays a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph in Middlesbrough
The shadows of soldiers standing on parade fall over the pavement
Soldiers stand on parade during the Remembrance service
Royal British Legion Standard bearers on parade
The Last Post
Veterans watch the wreath laying take place at Middlesbrough Cenotaph
A young girl with a homemade poppy watches the service from behind a barrier
A former soldier stands on parade
A veteran takes the salute as the troops march past after the service
Neil Taylor from Middlesbrough. A former soldier with the Royal Pioneer Corps
A Royal British Legion Standard bearer takes part in the Remembrance service
A young boy runs across the road to his Dad as the march past begins at the end of the service
Soldiers, veterans and Cadets take part in a final march past after the Remembrance service in Middlesbrough
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A coffin waits under a union jack
To be carried slowly out of the back
Out of the darkness and towards the light
Down the ramp to a final goodnight
Wear your poppy with pride this Remembrance Day
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Hundreds of people attended an event at Stockeld Park near York earlier today, coming together in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of Elves!
The event, which eventually saw a total of 1116 elves, smashing the old record of 762, was organised in order to raise money for the Martin House Children’s Hospice who care for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses.
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The Whitby Gothic Weekend takes place in the Yorkshire seaside town twice yearly in Spring and Autumn. It started in 1994 and sees thousands of extravagantly dressed followers of Victoriana, Steampunk, Cybergoth and Romanticism visit to take part in celebrating the Gothic culture….
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The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh has a reputation for producing and presenting some of the best in new drama. This year marks fifty years since the theatre opened its doors in 1963 and to mark their anniversary the Theatre had offered 50 writers a year long attachment to the Traverse. Writers were invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions and workshops. The year-long attachment will culminate in a new writing festival featuring some of the work developed by the Traverse Fifty throughout the year. At the end of the process three of the writers will be offered seed commissions.
To help support this the theatre took on fifty photographers each with the brief of producing a portrait of one of the fifty writers that they would be paired with and which would ultimately form part of an exhibition later in the year as part of the anniversary celebrations.
I was teamed up with Alison Carr. Alison is an award winning writer based in Newcastle and after I was put in touch with Alison we managed to get together and arrange a bit of a photo-shoot in Newcastle. Whilst the final picture that Alison and I chose for the exhibition was to remain under wraps until the launch yesterday I can now show the picture (below) that came out of meeting Alison and which will be exhibited along with the rest up in the Traverse Theatre from now until November 2nd.
I’d like to say cheers to Alison for being a good sport and for putting up with my “can we just go over there” requests as we meandered around town looking for possible picture opportunities and hopefully this portrait reflects Alison and captures part of her character.
The annual 1940’s and Wartime Weekend takes place in Pickering, England. The event features World War Two re-enactments, living history groups and enthusiasts dressed as British, German and Russian Troops, American GI’s as well as a host of other civilian characters from that time. Parades also take place through the Yorkshire town showing military and civilian vehicles from the 1940’s era.
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In a trip a little further north than the usual ‘Coast People’ area I recently visited the small island of Lindisfarne – or Holy Island as it is also known – it sits off the windswept Northumbrian coastline of northern England and is steeped in history dating back to the sixth century. The island which is dominated by the castle built there in 1550 measures two and a quarter miles east to west and a mile and a half from north to south. It is cut off from the mainland twice each day with the ebb and flow of the tide. The incoming north sea covering the mudflats and the main causeway that offers the only route on to the island.
Primarily a fishing community, originally for Herring but now mainly for crab and lobster and with some farming still taking place in the centre of the island tourism now brings many hundreds of visitors each month onto the small island helping to a degree with the local economy.
Further information on Lindisfarne can be seen… HERE
Lindisfarne Castle built in 1550
A day shooting for ‘Coast People’ down the coast in Scarborough…
Seafront, South Bay
Don’t be afraid…hold my hand
Work begins at the start of the first grape harvest of the season at Ryedale Vineyard on September 28, 2013 near Westow, England. The family run Ryedale vineyard is set on the south facing slopes at the foot of the Yorkshire wolds and is the most northerly commercial vineyard in England growing over ten thousand vines an is spread over two sites with the largest blocks of vines being Ortega for white wine and Rondo for rose and red wine.
The grapes are all hand picked by members of the family and will eventually go on, via their winery, to produce some of the best home produced wine in the country….
You can see more info on the vineyard here….. http://www.ryedalevineyards.co.uk/
Early morning mist burns off over Ryedale Vineyards
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Firefighters from Grangetown and Redcar Fire Stations walk out during a four hour strike in opposition to proposed government pension cuts on September 25, 2013 in Middlesbrough, England.
The government plans to make firefighters work until the age of 60 in line with other public service employees, but the Fire Brigades Union argue that many firefighters are often forced to retire before that age due to the physical challenges involved in the job.
Firefighters from Grangetown Fire Station in Middlesbrough take part in a 4-hour walk out
Firefighters from Grangetown Fire Station in Middlesbrough react to support from passing motorists as they take part in a 4-hour walk out
What is the story? What is their story? What have they been through and what are they going through? Are they still close or have the years pushed them apart? Do they have dreams that they want to pursue? Do they look out over this beach and imagine a holiday they once had or hope to have? How did they meet? What are the best things that have happened to them in their lives…or the worst? Or are they simply having some chips?
Sometimes with photography asking the questions is more interesting than answering them.
Set in the deep valley of the River Rye in North Yorkshire Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley started life as a timber structure and evolved through four stages of design, before eventually declining into one of the pre-eminent medieval ruins in Europe.
Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England. Surrounded by a massive agricultural and industrial estate, staffed by lay brothers, it was intended as the focus of a substantial family of other houses throughout northern Britain. Suppressed in 1538, the existing monastic ironworks was developed by new owners, the earls of Rutland. Incorporated into the parkland of Duncombe Park, the shattered abbey ruins became a popular subject for Romantic artists in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Abbey retains some of the earliest surviving buildings of the Cistercian order in Europe. Later it became the site of iron-making experiments that pre-figured the Industrial Revolution. A beacon for Romantic poets and painters, and latterly for scholars, the abbey was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works, beginning in 1919.
I shot this series of pictures primarily as silhouettes as the grey skies, rain and dramatic shapes within the ruins lend themselves to this approach and can hopefully make for some dramatic images.
All pictures shot with Leica M9 and a Summicron 35mm f2 lens. Edited in Lightroom