If I owe my carrer as a photographer to anywhere, it's Newcastle and Gateshead. Even more specifically perhaps, the Quayside. It was there that I first ventured out with a film camera and started photographing the great architecture that I found myself surrounded by, having moved up North from the Midlands. It was the new millennium, and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge was soon open, the Sage Gateshead was being built, the Baltic was bringing new visitors to the area. The Angel of the North was only a couple of years old. Add all that to the classic architecture of the Tyne Bridge and Grey Street, and you had a great location for someone new to photography. It was on the quayside that I taught myself about long-exposures at night, about waiting for the right conditions of light and weather, and of exploring an area to find those angles others had not.
It all grew from there, and I take great satisfaction from the fact that some of my earliest shots from this area still sell well, such as Tyne Bridge (smp05), and Grey Street (smp09). I continue to visit the quayside on a fairly regular basis, particularly since the development of my new ranges like Deconstructions and Negatives which required a new approach. It will never grow old for me, and I hope to be photographing the Newcastle Gateshead quayside for a long time to come.
Thank you for the Grey Street print. I first saw it about 7 years ago on the wall of the Grey Street Hotel in Newcastle. It took me a long time to find a place for it but it has been worth the wait. I purchased it when I moved to the USA, where it now hangs beautifully on my wall in Portland, as a memory-filled reminder of my wonderful home and the striking historical architecture of Newcastle. I chose the largest size possible, and the quality of the image has a wonderful grain indicative of traditional film photography. I love it. Many thanks Lisa
Thank you for all the time and trouble you took to source table mats and print with the monochrome images of my choice. The photos are fantastic and we are so pleased with them. You sent them out to us quickly and efficiently and we were delighted with the whole thing. Many thanks
Ordered a pronto of photo if the quayside for a colleagues leaving do. They loved it and everyone was happy with the quality of the print and image on the photo. Needed a little chasing fir delivery but quick email responses and the no problems with delivery.
Beautiful photograph, I bought a black frame and it looks stunning. Many thanks.
I ordered a print as a leaving gift for a colleague and when I realised the delivery date would be after our colleague was leaving, Steve actually hand delivered the print to our offices to make sure we received it on time, this was above and beyond what I could've asked for and it was very much appreciated, and the picture itself was gorgeous!
I purchased a mounted print of the Sage Gateshead and Tyne Bridge for a colleague who was leaving Newcastle and moving to Wales. He loved living in Newcastle so we wanted to give him something to hang in his new home to remind of how beautiful the Quayside is. He was absolutely thrilled with the print.
“Thank you for the beautiful picture of Embleton Bay which I received today. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of summer holidays spent there!”
(Brenda Waugh, Private buyer)