Here comes the Bishop

The Right Reverend Paul Butler attends his inauguration service in Durham Cathedral, England. The Bishop has served as the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and previously as the Bishop of Southampton. He becomes the 74th Bishop of Durham.

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

Out and about in Saltburn

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Let there be light

After a couple of grey, wet and overcast days that brought heavy rain showers and challenging photography conditions the light really came on today and transformed this spot from what we all expect in this part of the world to somewhere that looked almost Indo like…well, almost…with a good dash of imagination!!

Enjoy the pictures.

 

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‘Eastbound’

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It’s grim up North

A cold, wet, grey and generally miserable day was made all the more enjoyable today by some top surf that rolled in and which a few hardy souls made the most of.

But first….. those of you who know me know that I NEVER name the spots I photograph in nor do I pass on to anyone else where I have photographed. This is done to try and retain at least some anonymity for that ever elusive ‘secret spot’ – a rare thing indeed along this coastline nowadays.

Those who know this spot and who surf here will obviously know it well, but please, if you share this post or are asked by those that may not know where this is, not that it is particularly difficult to work out, keep it to yourselves if you can….let’s not tell everyone.

 

Here’s a few of my pictures today…

 

 

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My Year in Pictures 2013

So we’re fast approaching the end of yet another year and once again it has reached that time when it seems that every photographer with access to some sort of social media bombards the unwary viewer with a load of pictures that they’ve shot throughout the year……..and alas dear reader……I’m no different!

Now just to warn you – I’ve included quite a few pictures here – but then again it’s my blog so I can 😉 So grab a brew or a glass of your favourite Rioja, sit back and scroll through some of the pictures I’ve shot over this last year. Some were taken when out on assignment for Getty Images or London News Pictures others where shot for the regional papers. Some where taken as part of projects I’ve been working on and even from the occasional wedding whilst others were shot while I was out and about and I just thought it made a nice picture!

But each in their own way remind me of something throughout the year and of what a busy, at times stressful but ultimately of what a rewarding photographic year it’s been…..let’s hope next year brings more of the the same!

All the best.

Saltburn public meeting against proposed parking charges.Saltburn residents attend a public meeting against proposed parking charges

Freezing fog at South Gare, TeessideSouth Gare fishermen’s Huts, Teesside

Freezing fog at South Gare, TeessideRunners and windfarm, Teesside

IF1_4647.jpgSurfer Gabe Davies takes off on a huge wave, Teesside

Heavy snowfall on the North Yorkshire moorsA tractor clears snow from a road, North Yorkshire

Snow fun in North YorkshireSnowboarder, Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Heavy flooding in ClevelandSam Davis carries his dog, Meg, across a flooded road, Saltburn

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Brass_Band_Champioships_0079.jpgBattle of the Bands competition, Bradford, West Yorkshire

0128A man walks through heavy snow, Loftus, East Cleveland

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0130Cavendish’s Horses, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

IF1_7722.jpg A motorcyclist takes a break as the A66 road is closed by snow

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0133A woman feeds seagulls, South Gare, Teesside

Huge waves crash against the lighthouse in the area known as South Gare on Teesside.

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Farmer Stuart Buckle tends to his sheep during heavy snow, Bleathgill Farm, Cumbria

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Demonstrators attend a parade against local council officials, Saltburn, Cleveland

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Three kids keep warm on the beach, Saltburn, Cleveland

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.

Pigeon owner, Easington, County Durham

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.The day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Easington, County Durham

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.A banner is unfurled on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Easington, County Durham

0143An owl and her keeper, RSPB Saltholme, Teesside

0144Cricket match, Middlesbrough

Saltburn band 'Just Void' playing at the Victoria pub in Saltburn.Local band ‘Just Void’ play in the Victoria Pub, Saltburn, Cleveland

0146Actor Martin Shaw on set on Saltburn seafront

March for the AlternativeA demonstrator takes part in a march against government cuts, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

March for the AlternativeMembers of the public protest against government cuts, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

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The Leeds Conference and Hospitality Show 2013Penguin, Leeds

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Mysterious knitting returns to Saltburn pierA young girl reaches up for knitted figures, Saltburn Pier, Cleveland

National Railway Museum in YorkThe Mallard, National Railway Museum, York

Foggy SaltburnFoggy streets, Saltburn, Cleveland

Coast People, Robin Hood's BayA young boy plays on the beach, Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

Alison Carr, WriterNewcastle based writer Alison Carr – photographed as part of the Writer Fifty project for the Traverse Theatre

Appleby Horse FairAppleby Horse Fair, Cumbria

World War VeteranWorld War Two veteran, Eddie Straight

0163Summer Solstice, Kielder Observatory, Northumberland

Arriva bus incident on Saltburn BankA bus grounded on Saltburn Bank, Cleveland

Foghorn RequiemOrlando Gough, composer of ‘The Foghorn Requiem’ poses in front of Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

Preston Park Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle ShowKids enjoy a ride at an agricultural show, Yorkshire

RAF TyphoonA typhoon flies overhead during an exercise, Saltburn, Cleveland

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Duncombe Park Steam RallyA man sits outside his caravan at the start of Duncombe Park Steam Fair, Helmsley, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park Steam RallyA young boy poses in front of his families steam engine during Duncombe Park Steam Fair, Helmsley, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park Steam RallyThree brothers pose for the camera at a farming show in Yorkshire

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The Great Yorkshire showThe Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

The Great Yorkshire showThe Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

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Durham Miners GalaA man with a ‘pit head and miner ‘tattoo on his back sits with his family during the Durham Miners Gala

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WhitbyA family sit surrounded by seagulls on the beach at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Pickering Traction Engine RallyMerry-go-round

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0186Ursa Major – also known as The Great Bear – is visible above clouds that are lit from below by industrial sites on Teesside

The Perseid Meteor ShowerThe perseid meteor shower

0188Graduation day at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, Yorkshire

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The wedding of Nick and Diana Varley at Walworth Castle on Sunday 25th August 2013The wedding of Nick and Diana

0191Runners avoid a flooded road, Saltburn, Teesside

Surfing in Saltburn, Cleveland.Surfer Karl Frampton leaps from Saltburn pier into the water as he goes for a surf

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LGBT Community Pride paradeMiss Tess Tickle and her dog ‘Beau’ at the LGBT parade, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

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Firefighter strike in MiddlesbroughA young boy holds a fire brigade union flag during a 4-hour walk out by firefighters over a pension dispute, Grangetown, Middlesbrough

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Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Ryedale Vineyards first grape harvest of the year, Yorkshire

Hay Bale fire on Saltburn RoadFirefighters attend a hay bail fire, Teesside

Saltburn Pier, ClevelandUmbrellas on Saltburn pier

Coast People - ScarboroughTeddy Boy, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast People - LindisfarneFishing cobbles, Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Pickering 1940's War WeekendPickering War Weekend, North Yorkshire

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0207Halloween event at Saltholme Nature Reserve, Billingham, Teesside

Whitby Gothic WeekendWhitby Gothic Weekend

World record attempt for largest gathering of elvesWorld Record breaking attempt for the largest gathering of elves, York

Middlesbrough Remembrance ServiceRemembrance Sunday, Middlesbrough

Lumiere lights up DurhamThe Lumiere event, Durham City

Lucie & Tom's weddingLucie and Tom get married

Personnel Recovery Centre in CatterickSerjeant George Norton, 31 waits for a lecture to begin at the Personnel Recovery Centre, Catterick.

George suffered a severe brain injury after being shot in the head whilst deployed to Afghanistan two years ago

Prince Charles visits PD Ports in MiddlesbroughPrince Charles meets local school children as he visits PD Ports in Middlesbrough, Cleveland

Storm surge hits SaltburnThe worst storm surge in 30 years hits the coast of the UK including Saltburn which sustained heavy damage to many of the seafront buildings including the pier arcade

Sunrise over Huntcliff, SaltburnClouds over Huntcliff in Saltburn are illuminated by an early morning sunrise

Anti-racism march in MiddlesbroughAn anti-racism march held by the Middlesbrough FC supporters group Red Faction pose with a banner outside the Riverside stadium

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IF1_5536Families and relatives gather in Lockerbie for the 25th anniversary of the air disaster

Saltburn and Redcar Boxing Day DipThe Boxing Day dip at Saltburn

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The Surge

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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