I visited Sunderland to photograph some of the city and coastal areas running south from Sunderland towards Hartlepool. When Football legend Brian Clough took his first football team management job at Hartlepool FC, he said training on one of these beach felt like the coldest place on earth! There is a chill that comes off the North Sea that bites. Much of this area was dominated by coal mines and the beaches were dumping grounds for all the waste that these mines produced. Aside from some strange coloured puddles on Blast Beach, there is now little evidence of what these beaches looked like during this period thanks to significant funds raised to clear them up.
I decided to take one camera and one lens. The lens is called a 'Tilt & Shift' lens, and is ideal for architecture and landscape photography due to the way you can adjust the perspective of vertical and horizontal distortions. But no auto focus, so that is a challenge we are not used to these days.
Below is a few photographs I took, please select one and scroll through the set.