Gorgeous photos capture village life

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These fascinating shots are a great reflection on village life.

And they have all been captured in Blackhall by Cath Ruocco, who lives in a nearby village.

Cath, who works for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as a team support officer in critical care, is also a keen photographer.

She has recorded the Blackhall Project, which is a series of behind-the-scenes images of life in the village. She is now hoping even more people will get involved

Cath said: “I would love to take some portraits of people in their homes. I am printing some large prints off soon and displaying them in shop windows to give people a chance to see what I have been doing.

“The Blackhall Project is still going strong. I still would love more people to get on board.”

I am printing some large prints off soon and displaying them in shop windows to give people a chance to see what I have been doing

Cath Ruocco

Blackhall is the place where her dad Albert Anson spent his life before his death, aged 76, nineteen years ago.

Cath, 50, from Hesleden, said: “Its a record of life in Blackhall at the moment, and I’ve been working on it for about a year now.”

The idea has given her the chance to take photos both behind the scenes and in front of the counter. Cath hailed the people of Blackhall as “very welcoming and friendly and I’m really enjoying getting to know people and take the photos.

“My hopes are to have an exhibition of the photos in Blackhall and the surrounding area and maybe even a small photo book at some point.

Anyone wanting more details on how to get involved can contact Cath by email at cathyruocco@yahoo.co.uk