Travel theme: Brown

The fishing village of Staithes, hides on the North Yorkshire coast above Whitby.  It has a lived-in, unprettified look which makes it feel genuine and not too different from the photographs in the Francis Frith collection dating from the 19th and 20th Centuries. We approached on foot from Runswick Bay, along the Cleveland Way, perhaps the best way of finding the village; from this route there is little sign of modernity as you walk down the partly cobbled path onto Seaton Garth.

In the window of the Family Butchers they even try to maintain early 20th Century prices – pre-decimal signs advertise Prime Steak @ 1 shilling and tuppence per pound (about 11 new pence).  The illusion is shattered by the modern pricing of Moor’s Heather Honey @ £5 per jar.  A jar of honey or 45 pound of steak – the choice is yours 🙂

I always imagine the Francis Frith collection in sepia tones but those of Staithes are not; by way of compensation I have reproduced mine in golden brown, texture like sun:

Staithes harbourStaithes High StreetThe river - StaithesStaithesStaithes(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. LaVagabonde · October 20, 2013

    Wow, I love the toning effect on these.

  2. mark · October 20, 2013

    I agree with the above comment about the toning, it adds more character onto photos already full of character. I especially like the one with the boats and that perspective of seeing where they are tied to, very striking.
    Excellent as always, thanks.

  3. beyondpaisley · October 20, 2013

    Dig those crazy tides!

  4. greenmackenzie · October 21, 2013

    Really atmospheric shots, with beautiful use of shadows….and I love the shot of the boats and their ropes 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · October 21, 2013

      Many thanks – it is an action shot – the chap standing by the boat is hand pumping the bilges 🙂

  5. suej · October 21, 2013

    Beautiful shots of what I imagine to be a quaint and atmospheric place. My parents had a very evocative watercolour of Staithes, and I have been saying for the last 20 years that I must go there before it changes…..

    • northumbrianlight · October 21, 2013

      Many thanks – I recommend a trip although I think you have plenty of time – I don’t see it changing any time soon.

      • suej · October 21, 2013


  6. oawritingspoemspaintings · October 21, 2013

    So picturesque! Absolutely stunning 🙂

  7. Viaggiando con Bea · October 21, 2013

    Fantastic photos

    • northumbrianlight · October 21, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you liked them – thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  8. bente haarstad · October 23, 2013

    These are very good! And I love the touch of brown.

  9. Candia · December 15, 2013

    And thanks for following my posts..

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