Tragic Seaham man’s photos go on display to support Huntington’s Disease charity

Jamie Guy, who was found in the early hours of August 1, 2011, after falling in to Seaham's North Dock.
Jamie Guy, who was found in the early hours of August 1, 2011, after falling in to Seaham's North Dock.
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IMAGES taken by a talented photographer who died in a tragic fall are to be sold for charity as his friends and family hold a night in his honour.

Jamie Guy, who hoped to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional photographer, was found dead in Seaham’s North Dock.

The 25-year-old had been out with friends celebrating the town’s annual carnival on July 31 and was found in the early hours of the next morning.

A police investigation found he had fallen by accident.

Now, Jamie’s loved ones are preparing to celebrate his life by exhibiting his work and holding a sale of prints for the Huntington’s Disease Association, a charity he supported.

They hope the event, on Sunday, November 20, will give people a glimpse of his eye for an image, which they say he was too modest to display himself.

The exhibition will include portraits and shots of landscapes captured around the North East.

Hollie Marshall is one of the organisers and knew former Seaham School pupil Jamie since they were 15 years old through their group of friends.

The 25-year-old, whose parents own the Seaton Lane Inn, said: “We just felt this was a great thing to do.

“We want to show people he was a real talent – that’s how we want him to be remembered.

“We both hung around with the same group in Seaham and when I moved down to London we kept in touch.

“I was doing an art, film and photography degree so we were interested in the same thing because we had a love of photography.

“He had a fantastic portfolio.”

The tribute will be held at The Knack in Eastlea Road, Seaham. The exhibition will open at 4pm and will be followed by a live music acoustic set by Kate Gormley and local band Karma Heart from 7pm.

A Facebook page, A Night For Jamie, is keeping friends and family up to date with plans.

They have also launched www.indiegogo.com/A-Night-for-Jamie to gather funds to cover the cost of prints and collect donations.

Further images of his work can be found at jpgmag.com/people/jamieguy/ which is where he posted a portfolio of his work.

Organisers of the night hope to make it an annual event.

An inquest into Jamie’s death has been opened and adjourned and is expected to be resumed in coming months.