Paul Nuttall in Hartlepool – #GE17

The UK Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall visited Hartlepool today following his announcement that he would run as the candidate for the Boston and Skegness constituency in the General Election. Britain is to go to the polls on June 8, 2017 after British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election.

Before his arrival arguments and a brawl broke out on the street outside a pub where UKIP supporters were gathering ahead of the visit and were heckled by a small group of pro-europe supporters. During the confrontation a female supporter from each of the opposing sides ended up brawling on the pavement and were subsequently taken away by police.

Mr Nuttall then did interviews and a short walkabout for media photo opportunities before heading down to the Boston area.

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Hands up if you like surfing…?

So I was out today for a couple of hours shooting at a local spot close to me that many who surf the east coast will know about and one which on the right swell, always delivers…today’s lucky winners who scored when I was there were father and son chargers Gary and Evan Rogers and Terry (trout) Bennions.

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Life’s a Bench

So I’ve been dipping in and out of a project recently that began, quite without intention, a number of years ago where I document the plaques left in memorial to loved ones on benches that I happened to pass as I was out and about on various other jobs or projects. What started out as a couple of quick shots quickly grew until I now have quite a large collection of pictures from towns all along the North Yorkshire coast – Whitby, Scarborough, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Marske, Robin Hood’s Bay and Port Mulgrave to name a few.

Some are witty and some are simple while others are more complex but each one shows that at some point someone, somewhere cared enough to go to the trouble of making a lasting reminder of someone they knew.

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Year of the Rooster

Thousands of visitors came to Chinatown in Newcastle Upon Tyne to watch and take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations to mark The Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year is China’s most important traditional festival and brings families and communities together for a week long public holiday.

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TECH STUFF: All pictures in this set were taken on a pair of Leica M9 cameras fitted with 50mm f2 Summicron and 35mm F2 Summicron lenses. The 50mm lens was fitted with a 3-stop ND filter to allow for pictures to be taken at the f2 aperture in the bright sunshine. All pictures were subsequently edited with minor adjustments made in Lightroom and in line with standard editorial editing guidelines. No picture has been doctored or altered in any way.

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Blyth Tall Ships Regatta

The bustling port town in South East Northumberland played host to the four-day long prestigious Tall Ships Regatta. Up to 30 of the largest and most spectacular ships in the world, some up to 100 metres long and decades old attended the event from Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands and the UK before they finally depart on a 500 nautical mile race from Blyth to the Swedish port of Gothenburg.

The maritime celebration takes place during the 60th anniversary of the Tall Ships Races.

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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….

 

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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: ianforsyth2003@yahoo.co.uk to reserve your copy and as usual questions and feedback are always welcome.

 

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‘Coast People – Life on the north east coast’

AVAILABLE AUGUST 2015

 

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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