Forming the second phase of the Durham Riverside Renewal project, Milburngate is a £120 million vibrant and unique masterplan set to transform a prime location in the heart of Durham city centre.
Luxury apartments, bars, restaurants, offices and a boutique cinema, plus panoramic views across the River Wear towards the city’s historic landmarks will create a vibrant destination for residents and visitors.
Brief: Prior to any building work taking place, I was commissioned by design agency Founded to capture the unique lifestyle Durham City has to offer.
Durham is a magical place to get lost down hidden alleys where amazing views or cafes serving the best coffee in town reward those who step off the main cobbled drag.
So I set myself to task to seek out the ‘Hidden Durham’. But how do you capture one of the world's most photographed cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a way that's not been done before?
I was looking for the abstract, for reflections, for interesting light bouncing off surfaces, for puddles left behind by rowers' oars, caught by the early-morning light. Images that would bring a sense of intimacy and reference Durham’s heritage and character.
One of the UKs major deep-sea ports, the Port of Tyne operates in a global market across five diverse business areas and helps some major importers and exporters get their products to market.
Adding £710 million to the North East economy and supporting 14,000 jobs directly and indirectly, these guys are big business.
But above all else, they value the importance of their people and their integral role in the wider community of the North East of England.
Brief: Relishing any opportunity to work to the Port's photography guidelines, my focus over the past 5 years has been to develop a style of photography that's synonymous with the Port. I always look to produce striking and sometimes abstract images, but also capture real people getting on with real work.
Nothing orchestrated or staged, false or pretentious.
It’s an absolute pleasure to work with such a large commercial and industrial organisation
that values and welcomes creative commercial photography.
The imagery we produce is used by the Port of Tyne across a wide variety of marketing collateral and publications that cover the breadth of the Port’s stakeholders in business, government and the wider community.
Port of Tyne www.portoftyne.co.uk/home
Mineral House is a luxurious spa, pool and gymnasium in the heart of Newcastle City Centre.
Using only the very best products, such as Germaine de Cappuccini, the team of experienced and highly qualified staff really do create a place where you can find your zen in the city.
Brief: After spending time with the client discussing what treatments the spa offers, and
familiarising myself the space itself, I decided to hone in on close up details for the spa and wider architectural images for the pool.
I was careful to select a colour palette of warm and rich dark tones for the spa photography in order to create an inviting sense of calm and relaxation.
Combining this with subtle lighting allowed me to produce a set of images that exude luxury and indulgence.
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a major international player on the contemporary art scene, with a world-renowned reputation for cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.
In 1998 the Baltic began the transition from a flour mill into a centre for contemporary art, and in 2002 it flung its doors open to welcome 35,000 visitors in the first week!
It’s now welcomed over 7 million visitors since opening and averages around half a million visitors every year. And it’s free! Pretty impressive huh?!
BALTIC Shop: On the ground floor of the gallery, BALTIC Shop has a collection of cool, quirky, local and international gifts inspired by art, culture and design. And is, in my opinion, probably the best gift shop in the North East (I can’t say for certain because I haven’t visited ALL of them... yet).
Brief: I've been working closely with BALTIC Shop to ensure their strong visual identity and personality continues to shine through the promotional images of their gift ranges.
Drawing inspiration from the materials used within the gallery as a background for many of the shots, including the architectural slate
walls, Cor-Ten steel and pinewood floor, I work with the shop team to create dynamic, vibrant and playful images for all of the shop’s marketing material.
My work can be seen on the online shop at shop.balticmill.com, in advertising in major North East magazines, on digital signage in the building, as e-newsletter headers, and most recently has part of a spring outdoor campaign on display on Tyne and Wear Metro.
BATLIC Shop shop.balticmill.com
Black Paw Brewery is an independent microbrewery hailing from the land of the Prince Bishops, County Durham, producing real ale for discerning beer lovers around the country.
Brief: Commissioned for food photography by digital marketing agency Glow Creative, I promptly made time in the diary to visit the brewery and speak with owners, Mr & Mrs Blackpaw, about the business in general, the brewing process in detail, and the overall purpose of the marketing and photography.
The in-depth knowledge I gained from spending time with the client and in the brewery allowed me to develop a detailed shoot list and strategic shoot plan that coincided with a brewing day, where I could capture all the action and ambience of how the golden nectar is made.
To accentuate the message of the ale being hand made and artisan, I used the message literally and chose to focus on hands throughout the beer making process; from selecting the raw ingredients, to pulling a pint at the local.
Word on the Street: “I found Bec to be very personable & professional. Most importantly her work is of a very high standard & we are delighted with the photographs. I would have no hesitation recommending Bec to anyone looking for high quality work from an easy to work with person.” – Phil Whitfield, Director.
Beamish Museum is England’s largest open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
Set in a 350-acre site of beautiful Durham countryside, the living, working museum is brought to life by dedicated volunteers and staff who dress and act the part. With well over 600,000 visitors annually, Beamish is a huge success and magical place.
Brief: Collaborating with brand and design agency TwentySeven, I worked closely with Beamish to produce marketing material aimed at securing significant investment for a major project known as “Remaking Beamish”.
This commercial photography project was to provide a tangible vision for the plans.
The biggest challenge was to produce photographs of things that didn’t yet exist! Using what Beamish had available in terms of locations, settings, people and props, we had to get creative to achieve a range of photographs to simulate Beamish’s plans for new visitor experiences, including, among many other attractions, an entire 1950s town.
Update: Beamish secured funding to the tune of £10.9million from the Heritage Lottery Fund – the largest single investment ever seen at Beamish.