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Teesdale in Pictures

 

About this book:

  • ISBN: 9781904524595 (paperback)

  • Published 2008

  • Price £17.50 + postage

  • 133 pages

  • Illustrated with 192 colour photographs

 

Review:
The reader is taken on a scenic journey down this most picturesque of dales, guided by a series of stunning photographs and accompanying text. This gem of a book will delight all who appreciate the diverse landscapes of Teesdale. Adrian Braddy, Editor, Teesdale Mercury

About the Author:
David Shaw was born in Sunderland. He, and his wife Angela, have two grown-up children, Rosalyn and Simon. As an electronics engineer, David spent his working life employed by major multi-nationals. When UK manufacturing was cut back in 2005, David was made redundant, but took up digital photography and has since had some of his pictures published and many more hang on people's walls. He has a life-long interest in fell walking, mostly in the Lake District and Teesdale.

About the Book:

Teesdale is a land of contrasts. High, austere, moorland punctuated by outcrops of whin sill give way to verdant meadow pastures with unique flora. The river itself matures along the way, from the youthful exuberance which hurls it in cataracts over Cauldron Snout and the awesome power of High Force, to the pastoral tranquility of scenes below Barnard Castle. In this book the author shows some of this diversity. The big pictures are as one would expect, but there are also the secret places, little known woodland paths and long-forgotten relics of an industrial age waiting to be explored.

More Reviews:

Dale in Focus
Amateur photographer David Shaw has spent years photographing the varied landscape of his adopted dale. The Sunderland-born electronics engineer moved to Lartington in 1987 and took up digital photography after being made redundant in 2005.
Since settling in Teesdale, he has been inspired to take thusands of pictures of the district. Having had some of his photographs published, and many more hanging on people's walls, David decided to put together a book featuring some of his best work. 'Teesdale in Pictures' illustrates the diversity of the area through dozens of full colour photographs.
The reader is taken on a scenic journey down this most picturesque of dales, guided by a series of stunning photographs and accompanying text.
This gem of a book will delight all who appreciate the diverse landscapes of Teesdale. From the stark moorlands of Cross Fell and Widdybank, through the rolling hills of upper Teesdale, to the gently undulating countryside below Barnard Castle, the book follows the meanderings of the Tees as it makes its way slowly towards industrial Teesside.
All the dale's best-known landmarks, such as High Force and the Bowes Museum, are included in this jam-packed volume, along with some lesser-known scenes that David has discovered during his rambles around the dale.
The author has been passionate about Teesdale ever since his first visit to the area as a child. He said: "As a boy growing up in the industrial heartland of the North East of England in the 1950s, there were two highlights to the year. The first was Christmas and the second, the annual camping holiday at Leekworth Farm near Middleton-in-Teesdale.
"I knew, even then, that this was the place I wanted to live, the community of which I wanted to be a part."
David stressed that his book was never meant to be a guidebook, nor a learned tome on the history, geology and botany of the area, although all these subjects are touched on.
"It is simply and unashamedly a picture book which aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Teesdale landscape by the only method I know, that is through the lens of a camera," he said.
Teesdale Mercury, October 2008.

Picture book captures a blessed landscape
As a boy growing up in the industrial heartland of the North East in the 1950s, David Shaw looked forward to two things each year. One was Christmas, the other was his family's annual camping holiday at Leekworth Farm near Middleton-in-Teesdale.
"We lived like tinkers," he explained. "We cooked on a wood fire, washed in the river and explored the date in the only way we could - on foot.
"I knew, even then, that this was the place I wanted to live, the community I wanted to be part of, but it was a long way, or so it seemed then, from my Sunderland housing estate."
David became an electronics engineer for a number of multinationals in later life, always trying to take opportunities that would bring him and his family - his wife Angela and children Rosalyn and Simon - within striking distance of Teesdale.
They finally moved from Durham to Lartington in 1987, but it wasn't until 2005, when he was made redundant, that David took up his camera and started capturing his favourite images of his favourite dale.
He has now published his collection for the first time in a book: 'Teesdale in Pictures.' "It was never meant to be a guide book, except from the comfort of an armchair," he said. "It's not a learned tome on the history, geology and botany of the area either, though all these subjects are touched on.
"It is simply and unashamedly a picture book which aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Teesdale landscape by the only method I know, through the lens of a camera."
The end product is a lovely photographic study of a landscape blessed with incredible contrasts. David takes you on a journey from high, austere moorland to verdant meadow pastures, following the path of the river from its youthful beginnings at Cauldron Snout to the awesome power of High Force.
Along the way he manages to include a great many less obvious, almost secret places as well as the traditional big picture items, allowing the reader a tantalising glimpse of little-known woodland paths and long forgotten relics of an industrial age just waiting to be explored.
If you love the countryside, this is definitely a book to add to your Christmas list. If nothing else it might encourage you to hike off some of those pesky festive pounds in picture-perfect surroundings.
North East Life, December 2008

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