My second visit to the Angel of the North was just a few weeks ago and it was sadly something of a disaster. The area around the angel’s “feet” was cordoned off with bright orange tape and three council workmen with a large white pickup were re-laying grass on the slopes. So this meant that any wide angle photographs from a distance would have to include the workmen and their truck. So not wanting to leave empty handed I walked up close to the statue and looked straight up. This was the resulting photograph.
The last time I visited Newcastle Upon Tyne was sadly a couple of years back and this is when I was able to capture the above photograph. However at the time I only published a photo of the bridge down in it’s normal position with people walking across. Each day at around midday the bridge closes temporarily and then slowly rises up. This allows larger ships under the bridge, although on the day that this was captured only a small tourist boat went under.
I want to do more jet ski photography and whilst browsing my archives I came across this man (and what I presume is his son) jet skiing down the River Tyne. They had just been through the centre of Newcastle and were heading west under the famous bridges. It was my intention to use this fast moving subject to practice my sports / motion photography to get the background blurred, but the subject sharp. Although my lens probably wasn’t quite long enough to get all the detail I wanted, they are as sharp as I could have hoped for.
The Angel of the North is a huge sculpture just outside Newcastle in the North of England. This view shows the full height of the work of art compared to the tourists below. As you can see the figure is stood on a hillside looking out across the motorway and over the countryside beyond. Although not my favourite angle or photograph of the Angel, I do feel this adds a slightly new viewpoint. I hope to one day return here at dusk for some low light Angel photography!