New book’s focus on town harbour

Photo by Graham Rhodes
Photo by Graham Rhodes

A SCARBOROUGH-BASED photographer has just published a book featuring atmospheric images taken in the town’s harbour and around the South Bay.

Harbourside: Images of Scarborough Harbour has been compiled by Graham Rhodes, who lives in the Old Town and runs a gallery on the West Pier, who has been photographing various aspects of the fishing industry for the past two years.

The cover of Graham Rhodes photographic book

The cover of Graham Rhodes photographic book

He said he got the idea after looking at historic photographs in Old Town pubs, such as the Newcastle Packet and the Leeds Arms, and realised there were none from the past 20 years.

The 62-year-old said: “Both those pubs are fantastic because they’ve got so many old pictures of the fishermen and the harbour. They date back to the 1800s but there weren’t many from the 1990s. Nowadays we’ve all got cameras but nobody is documenting the harbour. When I opened the gallery I made a point of photographing the boats and what is going on in the harbour at least one morning a week.”

He added that the harbour views proved quite popular with visitors to the gallery. He said: “At the end of the day these things aren’t going to be around for ever. Everybody knows the trouble that the fishing industry is in, with the shrinking of the British fleet, and the reduction in the number of boats going out of Scarborough. One asks how long are they going to be around?”

Graham said that he enjoyed taking photographs in the harbour because it was a working environment. He added: “All my working life I’ve been doing audio visual presentations and corporate videos in factories and of industrial processes. I prefer working in an industrial environment than I am taking photos of landscapes.”

One of his corporate videos, which was shot during the late 1980s or early 1990s, brought him to Scarborough because the company, Yellow Pages, had its directories printed at Pindar.

He set up his Aakschipper Images gallery in one of the units on the West Pier in August 2009 because there was a lot of interest when he ran a stall at that year’s Seafest event.

Once he has taken the original digital photographs he uses a computer program to create the finished images which he hopes have a timeless quality.

He said: “Somebody said that a photograph captures a moment in time, but by manipulating the colours of the photo it becomes timeless – a moment in infinity. By creating that interest it makes us look at things twice. I would never be satisfied taking a photograph and printing it in full colour. I spend at least between two and eight hours getting it to look right.”

He began his career as a landscape painter and exhibited at the Leeds Northern Artists Exhibition, alongside David Hockney, in 1967.

Later he became a book cover designer, worked with audio visual presentations, before designing record sleeves during the late 1970s for artists such as the Police.

l There are limited numbers of the book at the gallery and for further information about the book visit: