IT’S a vibrant city attracting visitors from all walks of life.
So it’s perhaps no surprise a man dressed as an inflatable penis and a woman tickling a statue’s foot are just some of the amazing photos taken of people on the Toon.
A photographer who walks the streets of Britain’s cities looking for colourful characters has said that he did not have to trek far to find some gems in Newcastle.
Chris Porsz has visited over 25 cities since 2010 to take photos of the quirky aspects of everyday life to try to spread some “muchneeded joy”.
And the 65-year-old snapper has said that his visit to Newcastle was not a wasted trip as he stumbled across many wonderful scenes.
He said: “Some days I’ll walk for hours and get nothing, but Newcastle was great.
“It’s a bit of a cliche to say that the further north you go the friendlier the people get, but I think it’s true.”
Chris visited Newcastle in June 2012, September 2017 and June 2018.
One of the pictures Chris took on the Toon was of a man dressed in a pink suit wearing a unicorn’s mask while a pensioner wanders by completely unamused.
“When I saw the unicorn man I just set up my camera and waited”, he said.
“I expected some priceless reactions but in the end the best one was just this man walking past not looking best pleased.”
Since buying a camera to walk the streets of his home town of Peterborough with, Chris has taken hundreds of people’s photos.
“I love the spontaneity of the reaction when people see a camera”, he said.
After he takes the photo, Chris will often approach the person to find out more about them and he believes his job as a paramedic has equipped him to ease camera-shy people’s concerns.
He said: “I’m totally candid about it and most people are really happy to have had their picture taken.”
Chris has recently released a book called “Streets of Britain” which is the result of hours of strolling along pavements.
He said: “Over the years I’ve tried to visit as many cities as possible. I’ll spend hours walking around, taking hundreds of photos and often deleting lots to.
“Sometimes I set my stage and waited for someone to walk past, such as with a billboard or a statue. Other times I managed to snap unusual interactions that most people would just blindly walk past.”
If you can spot yourself in one of the photos and would like a copy, get in touch with Chris via his website www.chrisporsz.com