Photographer’s timelapse ode to Sunderland by night

A still from the City Nights video by Sunderland artist Andy Martin

A still from the City Nights video by Sunderland artist Andy Martin

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A CITY snapper’s visual ode to his home town has gone viral on the internet.

Photographer Andy Martin spent four years capturing famous and less well-known Wearside landmarks under darkness.

Taking in Penshaw Monument, the city’s former shipyards and the beaches at Sunderland, the four-minute watch has already gathered thousands of views online – despite being posted just a matter of days ago.

The result, a four-minute video entitled City Nights, is a change in direction from Andy, who usually takes photographs using vintage cameras.

Andy, 28, of Grangetown, said the work had been a labour of love.

“I put it on Twitter and within hours there were not far off 1,000 views of it and 30 or 40 comments.

“I was quite surprised even though I thought a few people would enjoy watching it. But I didn’t expect it to be shared as much.”

Andy regularly posts photographs and videos of the city on his website, www.this-is-sunderland.co.uk.

And although he concedes that certain areas could be better looking, he says the area is “unique” and has features which should be emphasised rather than changed.

“People are proud of Sunderland and they want what is best for the place,” said Andy.

“I think it’s important to preserve the heritage we have here.

“I was born 30 years too late in many ways, it would be great to go back in time and photograph ships being launched on the Wear, but there is still industry there, like the Liebherr cranes.

To see the video, go to www.this-is-sunderland.co.uk or search This Is Sunderland on YouTube.