Snap­shots cap­ture

Sunday Sun - - News - By Jack El­som Re­porter

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

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