Paddy’s Hole is a small harbour located in South Gare, near Redcar. The Gare is a great place to take a camera, although not obviously appealing at first, situated as it is at the mouth of the River Tees in Redcar and against a backdrop of the Coke Plant and Blast Furnace of the Teesside steelworks. It’s a fascinating place, one which I have only recently discovered and its great haven for anglers, wildlife and not to mention photographers.
Paddy’s Hole is situated about 2 miles down the private access road from Warrenby, and is so called by the locals because it was constructed by an awful lot of Irish from 1859 onwards. (Actually come to think of it, my Ancestors came to Teesside from Ireland at around the time it was being built – I wonder if my great great grandfather might have had a hand in it somewhere….?).
Nowadays the harbour is home to brightly painted fishing boats as well as the odd wreck or two and there always seems to be something to aim your camera at. If you are lucky at this time of year we even get the chance of a fiery sunset as a backdrop to shots of the boats. I wasn’t quite that lucky with my latest visit but I knew I wanted to capture the sun in my shot somehow, but is what I have done, hopefully quite successfully. While I was there there were no less than three other photographers taking shots; and I got talking to Wiley old pro Stephen Byard, who offered me some tips for taking less obvious compositions by getting on close and mixing and matching bits of the landscape. Fascinating stuff.