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Illuminating Whitby Harbour

Free Photos, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 9 September 2011

I recently published an article titled 'Illuminating the Yorkshire Coast - Whitby in Lights.' The plan had been to take a few evening shots from around Whitby including some of the harbour from the elevated position of the road bridge over the river Esk at Helredale Road. However, on the night I attended to do the shots there was a bit of a sea fret, which put the mockers on the plan.

So with camera in hand (ok on tripod), I returned yesterday evening and shot these three images which I hope you enjoy, the first shows Whitby Abbey high upon the East Cliff, (the headland) overlooking the harbour which was once filled with tall sailing ships, fishing boats and trawlers. Nowadays providing moorings for leisure boats and yachts. Below the Abbey are the street lights highlighting the properties nestling on the hillside leading up to the Abbey, and at the bottom of the hill is a long row of properties including fisherman's cottages, shops, pubs and restaurants that are reflected in the still waters of the harbour.

The second image shows a couple of day fishing boats sat in the muddy brown silt of the harbour, tethered to the harbour wall, awaiting the incoming tide which would free them from the sticky mud. To their right a couple of smaller day boats with their images reflected in the shallow water.

For my third and final image in this set, I moved the camera around to the right slightly capturing a few slightly larger fishing boats. I hadn't set out with a mission to specifically capture images of fishing boats - so there's no hidden agenda, I guess harbour logistics places them closer to the walls where they land their catch and by coincidence I chose this spot for taking my photos.

If you have had opportunity to browse through the Photo Galleries of Pure Yorkshire, you may have noticed a greater than average number of images from Whitby compared to most other places around the county. There are a few reasons for this, not least that Whitby is a place I have enjoyed visiting all through my independent life. On passing my driving test and buying my first car in 1978, Whitby became one of the first places I headed for, it is to me more attractive in every way than every other stretch of Yorkshire coastline and I include in its boundaries Staithes and Sandsend which are separate, but to me are an integral part of the same area. More photogenic than the majestic, beautiful (yet difficult to photograph) national park which surround's the area and more alluring than Saint-Tropez. This a place is better where little boats are regularly used, in comparison to Saint-Tropez where grand motor yachts worth many millions are put on show around the marina, but rarely leave their moorings - yes Whitby is better in every respect... with only the exception of the weather perhaps.

It was in Whitby that I fell in love with photography, when in 1978 I looked into a shop window and first clapped eyes on a selection of black and white photographic images by another lad from Leeds (where I was also born and lived at the time). And there I was, transfixed by these wonderful images of tall sailing ships in the harbour and some heading out into the stormy North Sea.

I must have stood there some time as a the shopkeeper came out, he asked me if I liked photography, even though I knew nothing about the subject I replied with a definite yes. I wasn't misleading him, I did like photography, I loved and still do love art. "There's a lot more inside." the shop keeper said inviting me in. I went in and it was there and then that I vowed to myself that as soon as I could afford it, I would buy myself a camera. The images I was looking at were and still are beyond all doubt produced by one of the greatest photographers of all time, non other than: Francis Meadow Sutcliffe (Frank Sutcliffe). On display in the shop were countless images by Sutcliffe, recording working life and people in Whitby from the late Victorian period through to the early 20th century. In my opinion his work is unmatched by any photographer of his time, taking in all genres he did then and still does astound.

Nowadays, I live only 20 minutes or so drive from Whitby, so I can probably be in the town itself quicker than Sutcliffe could from his home in Staithes. This makes access to the town much easier and yet another reason why Whitby features so much in the galleries of Pure Yorkshire. But most of all, I just love the place and will be producing many more images of Whitby over time.

I've included a few images produced by: Frank Sutcliffe for you to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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