WATCH: Stunning drone videos of Sunderland – and meet the man behind them

Sunderland Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park.
Sunderland Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park.
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FAMILIAR sights pictured at greater heights are being revealed by a dad who has taken to the skies with his latest gadget.

John Evans spends his workdays with the Home Office, but away from his job has set about visiting the North East’s best known locations to capture them from a different angle.

The 42-year-old, from Ryhope, uses a drone to video the iconic places, editing together the footage to take people on a tour through their screens.

His work is beginning to gather a following on YouTube.

Scenes hovering above the Angel of the North, sweeping views over and under the Wearmouth Bridge, to the soaring sites over Souter Lighthouse and Marsden beach are among those put together so far.

Ryhope pumping station, Hendon’s coastline and Hylton Castle are also among some the other Wearside spots featured, while he was given permission to film over Durham Cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

He was also allowed access to the rooftop of the flats neighbouring the Winter Gardens in Sunderland as a start and finish point for footage of the museum and Mowbray Park, with the skyline of Sunderland city centre taking in the piers to the Stadium of Light.

He can monitor the drone camera via a hand-held screen so he can see as he manoeuvres around his subject.

John, who is married to Tracey, 50, and is dad to Harvey, 16, and Alfie, 14, said: “I’ve liked photography for a long time and then I saw some drone footage.

“When I got one, I got back and put some stuff on YouTube of Penshaw Monument, which was a bit rubbish, so I went and spent a bit of money on a much better one and I was shocked at how good the footage was.

There have been a lot of people saying they wish they could get that view and it’s good fun to do, but it does have it’s legal limits that have to be kept to.

Photographer John Evans

“I always ask permission. I’ve got a full mile range and can go up 1,500ft, but I only go up to 400ft and then put it online, it’s a hobby.

“But I’ve also been asked by an estate agent to shoot some high-end properties.

“I’ve had nothing but positive comments and I’ve put it on different Facebook pages.

“It’s views that people never ever see and that’s what got me into it.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

“People who have moved away from the North East a long time ago really like it.

“They see two minutes of somewhere they remember from when they grew up.

“There have been a lot of people saying they wish they could get that view and it’s good fun to do, but it does have its legal limits that have to be kept to.”

John, who has gathered a following through the Sunderland in Pictures and Peterlee Have Your Say pages, says his artistic side is inspired by his late grandfather George Westgarth, who died three years ago aged 87.

George, from Eppleton, was a colliery blacksmith and helped run Houghton Feast.

John’s footage can be found via is YouTube channel John DJI Evans.

Sunderland city centre.

Sunderland city centre.

Seaham, taken from Nose's Point.

Seaham, taken from Nose's Point.

John trying out his drone camera at Herrington Country Park.

John trying out his drone camera at Herrington Country Park.

Hylton Castle.

Hylton Castle.

Souter Lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse.

Marsden beach.

Marsden beach.

The Angel of the North.

The Angel of the North.