Tees Valley Arts hosted an Art Auction on Wednesday in partnership with the Northern School of Arts and the Endeavour Partnership in which work from the students at Northern School of Arts were auctioned off , with the proceeds going to support the charity and NSA students.
As one of the Alumni for the NSA I was happy to be asked to donate a photograph for the auction, of which 30% goes to the charity.
I chose the final photograph from my project The Road
In 2030 Middlesbrough will be 200 years old, to celebrate this I have started work on a series of portraits of people from the town. This long term project will be a photographic social document representing a wide selection of people from Middlesbrough.
If are from Middlesbrough or regard Middlesbrough as your hometown then I’d love to have you involved in the project.
All I need is a little of your time and a handwritten note about your personal recollections of life in the town.
As part of the Hometown project I photographed artist William Tillyer in his studio. While we were talking William mentioned a photographer called Forrest Wompra who was a studio portrait photographer in Middlesbrough. He photographed William when he was a child and according to William, Wompra must have photographed hundreds if not thousands of portraits in his Middlesbrough based studio, before, during and after the 1940’s.
I had never heard of Wompra but will look further into his history. Who know’s were it might lead.
Starting to go through my archive of negs and found this shot of Daliso Chaponda when he played the ARC in Stockton, quite a while back now. I borrowed him my watch for the show and forgot to get it off him, thankfully he passed it onto the promoter in Middlesbrough, promoter was elusive, never seen it again.