Sunderland’s hidden treasures put on display

Making sure it's straight...... Rachael Lawson a helper at the exhibition of photographs by Andy Martin at Holy Trinity Church in Sundeland's East End.

Making sure it's straight...... Rachael Lawson a helper at the exhibition of photographs by Andy Martin at Holy Trinity Church in Sundeland's East End.

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SECRET snaps of hidden Sunderland went on show at a historic church.

Photographer Andy Martin showcased some of his work at Holy Trinity Church in Sunderland’s East End.

The series of eye-catching photographs capture Hendon and the east of the city after dark.

Lauren Daglish-Smith, project co-ordinator from Sunderland Heritage Quarter, teamed up with Andy to launch the exhibition after spotting his work online.

She said: “The East End has some negative connotations and this exhibition shows it in a different light.

“I saw Andy’s website and really liked his photographs. I thought they would realise the aims of our project really well and work well as an event.

“We decided to use the church as people don’t normally get the chance to look round here.”

Using vintage cameras, film and long exposure, Andy transforms bleak, often industrial landscapes into ethereal works of art.

Andy, 27, from Grangetown, explained the thinking behind his photos.

“Basically, it gives people in the area a bit more of an idea of what is around them and maybe a second look at the place they live,” he said.

“It shows them things they might not be aware of.

“A lot of people who came to the exhibition were not aware of the church and the history behind it and how interesting it is.

“Sunderland is not perfect by any means, but is a decent place, filled with good people and a lot of character.

“It is certainly no worse off than any other post-industrial town or city.

“To me, a large part of Sunderland’s charm is down to the fact that so many reminders and echoes of the past still exist, often unseen and rarely documented.”

Andy’s work can be viewed online at www.this-is-sunderland.co.uk

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