Sunderland photographer creates calendar showcasing Wearside sights

Dean Matthews has taken photographs for a calendar, which is out now.
Dean Matthews has taken photographs for a calendar, which is out now.
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The iconic sights of Sunderland have been brought together in a photographic calendar for 2016.

On sale now, the calendar includes pictures of the Stadium of Light, Penshaw Monument and Roker Pier, all shot by Dean Matthews.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

Three years ago, the Sunderland taxi driver picked up a camera for the first time after spending years interested in taking up photography.

Now, his business has "snowballed" - and he was approached by company My Local Calendar last year to work on the project.

Dean, 37, said: "I hadn't seen anywhere in Sunderland that did an up to date calendar with recent pictures.

"I tried to match each picture up with a month of the year and they are all landmarks of Sunderland.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

"People will instantly recognise the pictures as being in Sunderland."

The photographer, who lives in the city, posted some of his potential shots on Facebook and picked some favourites for the calendar based on "likes".

Other shots include Mowbray Park, Seaburn and the River Wear - with Dean's personal favourite featured on the month of November. It is a stormy shot of Roker Pier, from Seaburn.

If you want to buy a calendar, they are on sale now at Post Offices in Hendon and Grangetown.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

The Sunderland calendar by Dean Matthews.

They are also available through Dean Matthews Photography on Facebook. The first order, which was for 75 calendars, has almost sold out. More will be available soon. Cost is £9.99.