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Superb morning at @3dstrength in Darlington, being put through my paces. I was offered the opportunity while filming a few weeks ago to return to 'train' with the strong men and women at the gym. It was a very different type of training to what I've done in a while. This shot is of Ben Williams @ben_strongman one of the regulars at 3D Strength.

#strongmantraining
#strongman
#strongmanmotivation
#athlete
#sportsphotographer
#sportsphotography
#sport
#strengthsports
#gymphotography
#Darlington
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Brilliant catching up with artist Kathryn Thompson after several years. Kathryn is a community artist working in a variety of media including felt which can be seen in the image.

Part of a project on artists for the final year of my degree at the University of Sunderland.

@sunderlandcreative
@nephotonetwork
@northerncentreofphotography
@kathryn0509
#artist
#art
#communityartist
#environmentalportrait
#northeastengland
#northeastartist
#creativeminds
#portraitphotography
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Just a few of the people who have contributed to my 2019. Thank you to all of you and the positive impact you have had. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2020 ...

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Willow Burn Hospice, December 2018.

A year ago today my wife Suzanna gave up her final breath. It marked the end of a lifetime of remarkable memories, marred by the pain of her final twenty days. In those final days I witnessed the true nature of humanity, people making decisions that affected someone else’s life, choosing not to do their best, not to do what was right, being uncaring in ways that I couldn’t believe people could be. In the following months I was subjected to lies, death threats and people who claimed to be there for me no matter what, turning their backs on me.

All this happened after I had struggled through eight years of severe mental health problems, I couldn’t imagine being without Suzanna, who had supported me through that time. I dedicated my life to her, she was my reason for living. In March I hit an all time low. There were no good days. Every morning was filled with the dread of what was going to happen next. Every day something even worse happened than the previous day.

I prepared to put an end to it all. Completely alone in the house, kids away for the weekend, the plan in motion, when unexpectedly my daughter walked into the house. It stopped me in my tracks, made me rethink the decision, if she had been minutes later, she would have had to deal with the fallout. It woke me up, shook me momentarily from my grief and made me determined to change direction.

In the last six months things have changed significantly. I have become driven again in the way I was years ago, I have become extremely passionate about the work that I do and have started achieving in the ways I used to. Most importantly I am surrounding myself with like minded people, people who are passionate and thoughtful and who give a damn that I am here.

I won’t name them. Those people know who they are, if you are in doubt, if I have spent more than a few hours chatting with you or working with you in the last year, then you are part of the reason I am still here. You are making life worth living for me.

#cancer
#cancerresearch
#grief
#griefawareness
#lifepartner
#life
#hospice
#willowburnhospice
#documentaryphotography
#cancersucks
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Great morning at @spartan_performance_ filming Dale McPherson and the team from @3dstrength. The start of training for 2020.

#strongmantraining
#strongman
#sportsphotography
#sportsphotographer
#Darlington
#northeastengland
#powerlifting
#fitness
#sport
#athlete
#squats
#strengthsports
#strongmanmotivation
@xploape
@monkeynutrition
@savagesupplementsreborn
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Brilliant afternoon working and talking art with the wonderful Beth J. Ross.
Part of a project on Artists for the final year of my Photography Degree at Sunderland University.

@bethjross
@sunderlandcreative
@nephotonetwork
@northerncentreofphotography
#contemporaryart
#artist
#artistsoninstagram
#northeastengland
#northshields
#northeastartist
#contemporarypainting
#britishart
#britishartists
#britishpainter
#femaleartist
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Great working with Dale McPherson at @3dstrength again today, squats this time. My best work is always achieved while working with passionate, motivated people and Dale is right up there showing what can be achieved through hard work.

#strongmantraining
#strongman
#sportsphotographer
#sportsphotography
#Darlington
#northeastengland
#fitness
#powerlifting
#sport
#athlete
#squats
#strengthsports
#strongmanmotivation
@xploape
@monkeynutrition
@savagesupplementsreborn
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Wonderful filming artist Andy Parkin @andyparkinartist this morning. Inspirational. Andy is an MA student at Sunderland University. He is pictured here with his sculpture 'I get by with a little help from my friends', made from recycled Carling beer cans, which will be on display outside the Priestman Building, University of Sunderland, Friday evening (21 Nov 2019). @sunderlandcreative
@northerncentreofphotography
@nephotonetwork
@sunderlandecho
@carlinguk

#artistsoninstagram
#art
#artist
#contemporaryart
#universityofsunderland
#northeastengland
#sunderland
#sunderlandartist
#tyneandwear
#carlingblacklabel
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Slow shutter Seaham on an icy November night. I have a lot of respect for the determination of the three people fishing from the lighthouse, it was zero degrees and dropping by the time we left. With @parkphotography77
#seaham
#visitengland
#countydurham
#visitdurham
#explore_britain
#photosofbritain
#tourism
#nikonuk
#ukhiddengems
#thisprettyengland
#genuinebritain
#englishlandscape
#englandsbigpicture
#yourcountryside
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Shot a few months back in the former mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales. The scale of the mounds of slate compared to the perilously close buildings is stunning. One of those 'Stop the car!' moments with @walt0ne.

#blaenauffestiniog
#wales
#mining
#miningtown
#industry
#landscape
#bestofbritish
#lovewales
#genuinebritain
#lovebritain
#photosofbritain
#walesrugby
#wales❤️ #landscapephotography
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One the most well known parts of Hadrian's wall at Steel Rigg in Northumberland.
#hadrianswall
#northeastengland
#Northumberland
#landscapephotography
#englandsbigpicture
#englishlandscape
#genuinebritain
#visitnorthumberland
#northumberland_uk
#northumberland_pics
#visithadrianswall
#explore_northumberland
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Wonderful to finally film and photograph @alison._.diamond , I've only been trying to get the opportunity for about five years!
A passionate community artist, printmaker and tutor, who has been an absolutely vital part of my recent journey. Her work is absolutely outstanding.

Part of a project on artists for the final year of my photography degree at Sunderland University.

@sunderlanduni
@northerncentreofphotography
@nephotonetwork
@sunderlandcreative
@connyartfest
@allendaleforgestudios

#ifisayitsart
#art
#universityofsunderland
#artistsoninstagram
#creative
#printmaking
#communityartist
#creative
#northeastengland
#sunderlanduni
#sunderlandartist
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Escher inspired.
View from the Tyne Bridge.
Who watches the watchers?

#newcastle
#tyneandwear
#urbanlandscape
#newcastleupontyne
#northeastengland
#Northumberland
#bestofbritish
#britishcities
#photosofbritain
#northumberland_uk
#travelphotography
#surveillance
#genuinebritain
#englandsbigpicture
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