The Shopkeepers

The photographs below are a selection of those that I’ve taken as part of a project I began a couple of months ago to record the current shopkeepers and business owners who work in Saltburn in Cleveland. The original idea came as I thought about the fact that this year is the 150th year since Saltburn was founded, primarily, by a chap called Henry Pease and I wanted to think of a way to record an element of the town that had been there since the beginning and which also remains in the present day, and like any town, these are the shops and businesses that help to drive the economy of any small community.

Due to other work keeping me away I think I may have missed the opportunity to tie this project in fully with the ‘Saltburn 150’ commemorations – as the events to mark the anniversary in the town are known, and I might not be able to get it completed before the end of the year. I am, however, keen to continue with the project as in time, when I’ve been able to get to all the shops and have photographed them it will result in an extensive record of this particular time in Saltburn’s history and just as we look back on old pictures and think about those times, then maybe, in another 150 years, someone else can look back on this time in Saltburn’s history and know a little more about the town and the people who lived and worked here.

Click on the first image to open a slideshow then click on the image to change…

Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

4 thoughts on “The Shopkeepers

  1. Really like the photos. Any particular reason you limited the shoot to shopkeepers from Milton Street? Any chance you’d like to exhibit them in the exhibition space at Saltburn Arts? If you’d like to, please get in touch.


    1. Thanks for the comment Peter. The project is still a ‘work in progress’ so I do intend to widen and cover more shops within Saltburn. Milton Street just happened to be the street that I started on but I hope to get to many more during the course of the project.
      I’m interested in exhibiting them as you suggest so I will drop you an email.


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