Loading

PARHELION Northumberland 2020

In January 2020, Parhelion members Matthew and Lorraine joined resident David for a week of coastal photography in Northumberland.

The Northumberland coast stretches for over 60 miles and is made up of stretches of glorious, golden sand, beautiful headlands and sheltered bays. The sea is deep, ocean blue and the horizon of the North Sea is ever-present to the east. A pristine dunescape divides the beach from both farmland and small pockets of woodland, and this rich, varied landscape is set against the backdrop of the Cheviot Hills to the west. Truly, it is an inspiring place to visit as an outdoor photographer.

Bamburgh Sunrise, Matthew
Matthew has been making a regular pilgrimage to the beaches of Northumberland since he was very young and this area now has a tight hold on his heart. Usually timing his visit with the arrival of breeding seabirds, Matthew found it refreshing to discover the rich, varied wildlife that call this part of the coast home during the winter months.

Matthew Cattell

Dusk at Warkworth, Lorraine
Evening at Low Hauxley, David

Northumberland is perhaps one of the most 'defended' parts of the UK's coast with over 70 castles and fortifications in varying states of ruin along its length. With some of the most popular castles commanding strategic views over surrounding beaches, it is easy to understand why Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne are so popular with photographers.

Bamburgh Beach, David
Dunstanburgh, Lorraine
Northumberland has been on Lorraine’s wish list for a while so was delighted to get the chance of a trip and guided tours with David and Matthew. She admits it took a while to get her eye in but very quickly immersed herself in the stunning landscape coming away with a great selection of images.

Lorraine Heaysman

Bamburgh Sunrise, Matthew

The north-east is a working coastline and whilst the towns and villages lack the ‘chocolate box’ chic of Devon and Cornwall, they still have an immeasurable character derived through grit, hard work, and an ever-present relationship with the sea. Coastal communities have long marked the connection between sea and land with lighthouses and beacons to provide both instruction and warning to sea-voyagers.

Amble Lighthouse, Lorraine
Twilight, Warkworth Beach, Lorraine
Kiln, Ross, Matthew
Coquet Island, Low Hauxley, Matthew
St Mary's Lighthouse, Matthew

There is no denying that Northumberland has a near limitless supply of epic ‘views’ and as a result it can be difficult to walk more than ten metres and not want to stop and take another photograph. So much so that it can easily become distracting and opportunities for a more unique perspective can be missed. Whilst wandering the landscape, all of the photographers took time to explore the location beyond the obvious, seeking out intimate landscapes that reveal the textures and details that make up the wider view. This might be the manner in which waves wash over sand, how rocks have been shaped by the sea, or maybe even man-made influences on the landscape.

Tidal Abstract, Lorraine
Fire Water, Matthew
Cullernose Point, David
"Beyond the spectacular castles and sandy bays lies a beauty and diversity often overlooked by visitors to the north-east corner of England. Spending time looking at the smaller details can reveal often overlooked features and patterns that present great opportunities for photography". He adds, "I am still at the start of an open ended journey to capture the seascapes, wildlife and geology found along this stretch of dramatic coastline."

David Southern

Having always been reliant on the sea, the Northumbrian coast is littered with rusting metal, splintered wood and flaking paint. All of which make wonderful subject matter.

Hull, David
Dry Dock, Lorraine
Weathered, Lorraine
Drifter, Lorraine
Painted angles (part of a series), Matthew

Occasionally the sandy beaches give way to outcrops of cliff and earth. Here the rocks are broken by the weather and further honed and polished by the sea. Look closer still and you see once-hidden geology that has been revealed in beautiful detail by the regular etching of the tide.

Lindisfarne Rocks, David
Blue and Orange, Matthew
Blue-Green, Matthew
Limpets (part of a series), Matthew

With David now a resident of the area it can be assured that Parhelion will travel to this part of the coast again in the near future.

Bamburgh, David

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Matthew Cattell is an award-winning outdoor photographer with a passion for promoting the natural world through photography, from panoramic vistas down to the details and behaviour of the wildlife on our doorstep. To have a look at Matthew's broader portfolio please visit the website below.

Dorset born Lorraine Heaysman has an unquenchable thirst for being out in the landscape. Now living in Worthing, West Sussex, she is blessed with some glorious beaches and the beautiful South Downs to explore and photograph. Lorraine’s first love is to be out at dawn chasing the mist, these are her favourite conditions to work in and her body of work reflects her passion.

Originally from the Wirral, now resident in Northumberland and splits his time between north and south, David has been photographing nature and landscapes from around the world for many years. David finds rich pickings for photography both close to home and in the remotest of locations and is never happier than battling the elements in pursuit of his passion for outdoor photography.

COPYRIGHT

The copyright for any photograph on this page shall remain the property of the photographer and are protected under UK and International Copyright Laws. Copying, duplicating, saving as a digital file, printing, publishing in any form of media including web, manipulating, transmitting or reproducing without the prior written permission of Matthew Cattell is strictly forbidden and would constitute a breach of copyright.

Created By
Matthew Cattell
Appreciate

Credits:

The copyright for any photograph on this page shall remain the property of the photographer and are protected under UK and International Copyright Laws. Copying, duplicating, saving as a digital file, printing, publishing in any form of media including web, manipulating, transmitting or reproducing without the prior written permission of Matthew Cattell is strictly forbidden and would constitute a breach of copyright.