Coast People – Life on the north east coast

As many of you will know I have been planning to produce a book about a project that I have been working on for a number of years called ‘Coast People’. Initially things with the publishers were going well and the layouts and text were all sorted and it was starting to take shape. However when I saw the print quality of the book and saw how the pictures had been reproduced I had some issues with the overall quality and so I pushed back the release date to give me a chance to rectify things because the last thing I or any other photographer would want to do would be to release a book with badly printed photographs in it!

After several weeks of trying to resolve things it has unfortunately reached the stage where it was obvious things weren’t going to be as I wanted them as far as print quality was concerned. As a result I have now decided to go completely through the self-publishing process via the on-line book publishers, ‘Blurb’.

This is a company I have used before on several occasions for ‘one-off’ books that I wanted to get printed myself and I know that their printing, bindings and paper quality is amazing so I have opted to go down this route.

Because of the nature of book publishing in general it potentially works out cheaper for me to buy a hundred copies in the first instance which in turn reduces the price per copy of each copy of the book and then sell them myself to give the buyer a better deal. But to do this I would have to pay out a few thousand for those 100 copies in the first instance which is something that I’m just not in the position to do right now.

So what I’m doing, at least for now, is to design, create and make available a book that I have designed from scratch and which I will make available to buy via Blurb.

I have slightly reduced the number of images from the initial book design in order to reduce the overall production costs and I have totally changed the layout. The book is now designed in a square format, sized at 18cm x 18cm and with 140 pages and the image quality is now far, far better and is more fitting to a book of photography. The price per copy of the book now is the minimum I can achieve for the size, number of pages and the design and I have only added £0.01 (1 pence) to the overall price of the book, which is the minimum that can be done when you sell a book on Blurb so that they cover their printing costs. Again to try and keep that price down as low as I can.

I’m also not making the book available on Amazon as there was a £5.99 surcharge to do that which I didn’t want on top of the price. So Coast People will be available through Blurb only. A preview of the book can be seen on the main page and the price per copy of the book is £23.40.

Postage costs are set by Blurb and are £6.99. So the total price would be – £30.39

So to date this has been a frustrating journey to get this far and I’m disappointed that I won’t be taking delivery of a few boxes full of my first published book but this at least is a compromise that I have reached that is achievable at the minute and whilst I won’t gain financially with this book it has been an interesting process to go through and one that will help when I publish, ‘Country People – cornerstone‘, which is my next book-publishing endeavour. More on that coming soon, so as they say, ‘watch this space’…

So to see a preview of Coast People, to read about the book or to purchase a copy please follow the link below….

COAST PEOPLE – Life on the north east coast


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COMING SOON…My new book!

I’m delighted to announce that my new book – ‘Coast People – Life on the north east coast’ has gone to print and will be available soon.

Coast People‘ is a photo-book that tells the story of a stretch of British coastline from the area known as South Gare at the mouth of the river Tees, south, to Flamborough Head in North Yorkshire in a set of 190 black and white images and brings to a conclusion a project that I began back in 2009.

Over the following years I have tried to put together a collection of personal images of the people who live and work on this characteristically industrial, but deeply cultured, stretch of coastline and of those who simply visit the coast for their own recreation.

Covering more than 85 miles of coastline and over 16 coastal towns the photos explore the relationships between the commercial and industrial and the day to day activities that form the unique heritage of England’s North East coast.

Throughout this project I have discovered some of the steadfast seafaring traditions that intertwine with the modern ways residents and visitors harness the North Sea for profit, for their livelihoods and for recreation. I’ve also been able to explore parts of the coast that I might otherwise not have known about and I’ve met some great people along the way and ultimately gained a wider understanding of this important part of our culture and heritage.

Shooting in my own documentary style and showing the light hearted humour that characterises the north east I hope this book illustrates that the coast and its heritage are a spectacular asset that must be protected for years to come.

The Yorkshire Post and the Gazette both ran a piece about the book which can be seen on their websites here and here or below in the cuttings and some of the pictures from the book can be seen after that.

I will post further information on availability as it gets nearer the release date.

The softback photo-book (ISBN 978-1-78091-507-4) is 156mm x 234mm with a single picture on each page and is retailing at £14.99 (P&P if required is not included).

It will be available in print from various bookshops across the region and can be ordered online here on….




Updates on ‘Coast People‘ will be posted here, on my Facebook page or on my Twitter page using the hashtag #coastpeople

Feel free to email me at: to reserve your copy and as usual questions and feedback are always welcome.






‘Coast People – Life on the north east coast’



Photographer: Ian Forsyth Contact Number : 07786 076618 Copyright Ian Forsyth 2010 None Exclusive unless through prior arrangement. Do not Syndicate If purchased you have a one use licence - No resale

Photographer: Ian Forsyth Contact Number : 07786 076618 Copyright Ian Forsyth 2011 None Exclusive unless through prior arrangement. Do not Syndicate If purchased you have a one use licence - No resale

Photographer: Ian Forsyth Contact Number : 07786 076618 Copyright Ian Forsyth 2011 None Exclusive unless through prior arrangement. Do not Syndicate If purchased you have a one use licence - No resale

Saltburn street photography Photographer: Ian Forsyth Contact Number : 07786 076618 Copyright Ian Forsyth 2012 None Exclusive unless through prior arrangement. Do not Syndicate If purchased you have a one use licence - No resale

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‘Coast People – Life on the north east coast’



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Coming from coal seams in sea cliffs or underwater deposits centuries old coal is deposited on the beach as the tide drops at Saltburn following strong seas over previous days.

Traditionally collected and used for heating, cooking and garden nutrient it is thought that European cultures dating back to the Romans and before used sea-coal.  In places where this coal occurred it could be a dependable source of fuel and there were professional sea-coal gatherers and small local industries that existed to gather and sell the coal.  This tradition continues in many areas, particularly in northern Britain as other sources of fuel become more expensive.


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Putting to sea

Fishermen in Saltburn take advantage of a flat spell and head out as the sun rises to go fishing in the North sea…


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Coast People – Lindisfarne

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


Coast People - Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne Castle built in 1550

Coast People - Lindisfarne‘Boat Sheds’ – used for storage and made out of upturned fishing boats

Coast People - LindisfarneRe-built National Trust ‘Boat Sheds’ sit alongside the castle

Coast People - LindisfarneAn original Boat Shed in the harbour is overlooked by the castle

Coast People - LindisfarneSt Cuthbert’s Island sits a few hundred metres off the main islandSt Cuthbert was said to be the Saint of Lindisfarne

Coast People - LindisfarneDawn breaks over Lindisfarne Castle and harbour

Coast People - LindisfarneA man sits on a bench as the first morning rays of sunlight start to shine over the Northumberland coast and Lindisfarne Castle

Coast People - LindisfarneWooden poles sunk into the mudflats mark ‘The Pilgrim’s Way’ – the original walkway over mudflats onto the island

Coast People - LindisfarneTourism now brings many visitors to the island and the ‘Window on Lindisfarne’ displays offer information on the island, the wildlife and heritage

Coast People - LindisfarneLindisfarne harbour at low tide

Coast People - LindisfarneThe small fishing community at Lindisfarne Harbour as a storm cloud threatens

Coast People - LindisfarneBoasts sit on the mud at low tide in the harbour

Coast People - LindisfarneAn old fishing cobble sits on the grass near to the village

Coast People - Lindisfarne‘Boat Sheds’ and Lindisfarne Castle

Coast People - LindisfarneA fisherman pulls a smaller boat ashore whilst transferring lobster pots from the main boat moored further out in the harbour

Coast People - LindisfarneFishermen transfer lobster pots onto a vehicle after returning from a fishing trip

Coast People - Lindisfarne‘George’ – born and bred on the island and a fisherman all his life looks out over the harbour as the dawn sun breaks over the island

Coast People - LindisfarneA navigational beacon on the north coast of the island near to Emmanuel Headland

Coast People - LindisfarneWind blows over Sandham Bay on the north shore of the island

Coast People - LindisfarneDriftwood pokes skyward from the sand in a bay on the northern side of the island