Tara’s Shoot

I was asked recently by a friend of mine the very talented sax player, musician and producer John McGough to take a series of photographs for promotional use of a talented singer from around these ‘ere parts that he is promoting called Tara Ovington.

So with a view to trying to get some photographs of Tara that could be used as PR shots and some other shots that might be used in posters or even future CD covers I wanted to try and get as much from the shoot as I could so we headed down to South Gare near Redcar. I chose this location because it is such a diverse area and would offer a range of possibilities for various backgrounds in the shots.

The Gare offers open spaces and sand dunes in one area and then you turn and have the background of industry on the banks of the River Tees. Turn again and you have the weathered and muted colours of the fishing huts and small harbour at Paddy’s Hole. All of which lends itself to great pictures.

My approach to the shoot was to try and keep it as simple as possible so we basically just went for a walk around the Gare. When I spotted a location that might offer something we stopped, Tara posed up and with occasional direction from me I took a couple of pictures and we moved on.

After an hour and a half or so we felt that we had taken some decent shots and as we were at the exposed river mouth to the River Tees it wasn’t the warmest of places despite the low sunshine so once we had shots in the bag we decided to call it a day and headed off to find the car heater.

These are a few pictures from the shoot and clicking  HERE  will let you listen to a small teaser of Tara’s recent work that should let you get that Summer vibe going… ‘Celebrate’.

All the photographs in this shoot were taken on a pair of Leica M9’s. One fitted with a 50mm f2 Summicron and the other with a 35mm f2 Summicron and were all taken using natural light. They were shot as jpeg’s and were edited in Lightroom.


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Whitby Morning

Out and about in Whitby, North Yorkshire this morning to make use of some wonderful light…


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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2016 – My Year in Pictures

So for my ‘Year in Pictures’ round-up this year I’ve chosen a picture from a job or event that I covered that was memorable to me.

I hope you enjoy and seasons greetings…


Rare Nacreous clouds visible over the north east in January


A Leopard hunts through long grass in the Masai Mara, Kenya in February


Funeral for local biker ‘Whitby Mick’ in March


A birthday beacon for the Queen at Whitby Abbey in April


Anti fracking demonstrations in North Yorkshire in May0006

Tributes paid in Batley following the murder of Jo Cox days before the EU Referendum in June0007

Veterans project with the ‘Forward Assist’ veterans charity in July


Labour Party leadership contest with Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith in August


One year on from the closure of the SSI steel works in Redcar in September


The Batley and Spen by-election with Tracy Brabin in October


Sunset over South Gare near Redcar in November


The Krampus event takes place in Whitby in December

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Forward Assist Photo & Writing Project

Geoffrey Bennison (88)


“When the war broke out I was working as a farmer. I wanted to join the RAF but farming was a reserved occupation so I left and got a job as a porter in Thornaby Hospital. That way I could enlist.

I was a driver in the army and stationed in Egypt for two years. I would often drive from Egypt to Palestine. You had to be careful not to get sunburnt – that was a self-inflicted wound and you’d be put on report. My rank was Leading aircraftman (LAC) and I was also stationed at Thornaby Aerodrome and Bicester Airfield.

I once went on a training flight and the pilot allowed me to take the controls for a while even though I’d never been trained to fly a plane. I also got to drop a bomb and I hit the target.

I stayed on after the war for a further 6 years.”

Joyce Millett (90)


“I was in the Land Army. We worked out in the fields. It was hard work. We had to feed you lot!

I went to school around Grove Hill. My husband was in the RAF.”

Dennis Metcallfe (89)


“When I was about five years old I remember going round the streets with the other kids looking for bits of shrapnel to collect. It was like finding treasure, and I’d keep it till it went rusty. We’d explore in places we weren’t supposed to go. I found shells and even part of a rocket once.

After the war I did my National Service in the Army and went to Italy and Egypt. It taught me to look after myself and keep my uniform smart. I thought it was smashing! The food was good but I couldn’t afford to drink because I would send most of my wages home to my mother.”

Alice Irving (94)


“I served in London as an ambulance driver and remember all the bombing night and day. It was very scary. I treated lots of children, it was such a sad time.”

Vera Sparks (93)


“I served in the Women’s Auxiliary Force between 1942 and 1946. It was a big thing to serve your country in those days and I wanted to do my thing. I was a cook at Thornaby Aerodrome. I enjoyed being with the lads, serving them their food. I would wave off the young airmen as they left in their aeroplanes, never knowing if they’d return again.

I was also stationed in Alness, Invergordon for about three years. The people were very sociable. The villagers used to come out and wave to us, I felt very safe there. I remember in August 1942 we had a very special visitor: Prince George, the Duke of Kent. We waved him off but were shocked to hear his plane had crashed further north at Caithness.

After the war I went back home to look after my father, but I missed the company.”

Marjorie Roberts (90)


“My Dad served with the Bantam Regiment during World War 1. He was injured during the Battle of the Somme, losing a leg and sent home for medical care.

During World War Two I served in the Women’s Land Army. Once I was married I followed my husband Theo to his various postings, including Turkey. My Mam was a widow and I wouldn’t leave her on her own so she came with us wherever we went. She didn’t mind travelling as long as we went with her.

When I gave birth to our son Jeff, Theo came home to see his new-born. He was put on a charge of desertion because he hadn’t got permission to leave the base.”

Jimmy (90)  and Margaret Kirk (90)


“Just after the war I was in an Able Seaman in the Navy. I went to Jamaica, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Gibraltar and served on the HMS Paladin. They were happy days. We’d get a small cup of rum every day, which we called sippers or grog.”

“I was a volunteer Police woman in lodgings in Bedale.”

Joan Forman (94)


“I was underage when I joined up. I was supposed to be 18 years old but they just turned a blind eye. I joined up at the start of the war and stayed in service for four and a half years – the whole tootie!

I was in the Women’s Auxiliary Force and I served with Bomber Command at Bicester Airfield doing accounts. The lads there bet me five shillings to jump from the parachute trainer platform. I did it more than once.”

From the opening today:

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