Cote de Sutton

Yesterday I spent the day on Sutton Bank near Thirsk in North Yorkshire waiting for the riders competing in the third stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race to hit the hill.

Not for the feint hearted the steep climb provided challenges to the cyclists – and for the photographer – but also offered a great opportunity for the spectators who had turned out in their thousands to watch the climb, cheer the riders and make a day of it.

Beginning in the market town of Richmond the 181km stage headed east across the county before finishing on the sea front in the North Yorkshire town of Scarborough.

The race this year is only the fourth to be held but has already become recognised as one of the biggest races in the UK’s cycling calendar. It began in 2014 as a legacy event when the Grand Depart for the Tour de France was held in North Yorkshire.

The event this year is expected to be the biggest so far and the race has been extended from three to four days.

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The Klondike Grand Prix

Professional riders passed through Saltburn-by-the-Sea today as they competed in the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix cycling race. Beginning and ending in Guisborough, the 99-mile event takes in many villages in the East Cleveland area over a three lap course. The race is part of the 2018 HSBC UK Spring Cup Series with British Cycling and is the second of a three-round series…here’s a few from the day:

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THE SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST

Renowned conservationist Daphne Sheldrick died this week aged 83. She devoted most of her life to rescuing young elephants and releasing them back into the wild. Her obituary can be read on ‘The Guardian’ here:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/24/dame-daphne-sheldrick-obituary

The following is post I wrote after visiting the trust in Kenya:

Through the tightly knit branches of trees growing on the northern rim of Nairobi National Park in Kenya an occasional glimpse of red-brown shapes can be seen moving through the hanging branches. Breaking from cover and running down the hillside the young elephants make their way with eagerness to the waiting keepers.

With their green dust coats and khaki hats the dedicated keepers of the elephant orphanage are the final hope for young elephants abandoned in Africa. They provide care 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for the young elephants. Each morning at six the elephants are taken for a walk within the park. Later that morning at eleven the elephants are taken to meet paying members of the public and local schoolchildren who visit the orphanage to see the work being done there and to see the ongoing work of the conservationists.

Visitors watch, take pictures and have the opportunity to stroke the hard rough skins of these amazing animals as the young elephants feed with gusto on the formula provided to them in large plastic bottles. Some are happy to allow the keepers to hold the bottle while the more confident simply grab the bottle and feed themselves. Swigging from the bottles with greedy abandon. Once the food is gone it’s time for the mud hole. The younger ones among them roll around in the pool enjoying the cool muddy relief from the morning sun whilst the older ones look on with apparent bemusement at the frivolity. They all seem to be having a great time.

After an hour or so they are taken to their feeding and playing pens until 5pm when they are taken to their beds inside a stockade where they sleep until the following morning. The keepers sleeping beside them to provide reassurance and comfort.

Brought from all across Kenya after losing their parents and families to drought, or by getting stuck in mud pools, drying river beds or falling into man-made wells or as a result of poaching the orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program is the most successful in the world and one of the most pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honour of her late husband, the renowned naturalist Davie Sheldrick MBE, this world leading organisation is now leading the way towards the saving of these complex and highly cohesive animals. Animals that are the largest land animal on earth and are among the most intelligent.

Once healed and stabilised and no longer milk dependent they are moved to a holding centre over one hundred miles to the Tsavo National Park. Once there and at their own pace, which could take between eight to ten years, they gradually make the transition back into the wild.

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…and when they’re released back into the wild…

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You can visit their site and see more of what the trust does here:

https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Today saw me on assignment covering ‘staging day’ for the Spring Flower Show in Harrogate. Organised by the North of England Horticultural Society the show is one of two annual shows held at the Great Yorkshire Showground attracting over 50,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors each year.

The show includes show gardens created by professional and community groups, demonstrations offering practical tips, and a new plant pavilion offering plants from around 100 leading nurseries. There will also be hands on activities for families, floral art and live entertainment

Staging Day brings members of the media to a staged photo call as well as giving the opportunity to wander around the show gardens and displays as they are set up shooting pictures…here’s a few from the day:

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Riding the Rails

In February I found myself travelling by train down to Piccadilly station in London for the start of a 4-day shoot for the advertising agency Stonehaven. The shoot was for one of their clients, Great Western Railway and the aim was to travel by train to a number of the stations in the GWR area and photograph GWR staff, passengers and a few business owners along the network for use in an online promotional campaign by the rail operator.

The journey begin just before midnight as myself, Cameraman Alexander Thompson and from Stonehaven, Charlie Sussman met up on a platform at Paddington Station to board the Night Riviera sleeper train to Penzance.

Over the following days we headed from Penzance to Plymouth, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and Mortimer and along with the railway staff and passengers we also met and photographed the owner of the open air swimming pool of Jubilee Lido in Penzance, the manager of Plymouth Docks, the owner of a small theatre clothing and prop supply company in Plymouth, the chef on the last running Pullman carriage in the country, the mayor of South West England and a chocolate maker!

Quite a varied trip to say the least but an interesting one. Below are some black and white edits of some the pictures I shot for the client and for myself along the way and the colour ones at the end are some of the more formal shots that formed part of the brief…

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