Community opens up for Cath’s poignant pictures of village life

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A PHOTOGRAPHER has praised a community for helping her record these poignant pictures of village life.

Cath Ruocco, who works for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as a team support officer in critical care, is also a keen photographer.

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD: Cath Ruocco.

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD: Cath Ruocco.

She has recorded a series of behind-the-scenes images of life in Blackhall, the place where her dad Albert Anson spent his life before his death 19 years ago, at the age of 76.

Cath, 50, from Hesleden, said: “Its a record of life in Blackhall at the moment, and I’ve been working on it for about a year now.

“It’s quite personal too, as my dad lived and worked in Blackhall, so it’s sort of following in his footsteps and looking at how life is now.

“I’ve got quite a few businesses on board and I’m taking photos both behind the scenes and in front of the counter.

PROJECT INSPIRATION: Cath's father Albert Anson

PROJECT INSPIRATION: Cath's father Albert Anson

“The people of Blackhall have been very welcoming and friendly, and I’m really enjoying getting to know people and taking the photos.

“My hopes are to have an exhibition of the photos in Blackhall and the surrounding area and maybe even a small photobook at some point.

“But what I’d also like is to engage with some of the people that live there, get to know them and take some photos of family life, tea around the table, families watching television - just ordinary everyday life of the people of Blackhall.”

Cath hopes that more people will let her into their lives, and added: “These pictures are photos that a living history society will want 50 years from now.”

Anyone wanting more details on how to get involved can contact Cath through email