Hartlepool's homeless Bible reader is the subject of 'disciple' photographer's revered picture in the final of new portrait competition

A striking picture of a well-known Hartlepool face has helped a talented amateur photographer reach the final of a new competition.

By Mark Payne
Friday, 27th August 2021, 4:55 am

David Coser is down to the final five entries in the portrait section of the inaugural Northern Photography Prize.

Hundreds of entries were submitted to the new competition launched by best-selling Northumberland author LJ Ross which tasked photographers with capturing the spirit and heart of the North East.

David, 45, entered a black and white photograph titled Disciple of a homeless man called Carl, who was often seen sitting in Hartlepool town centre reading the Bible.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

David Coser's photo of Carl entitled Disciple.

He said: “I built up a bit of a friendship with Carl and every time I met him I bought him a drink or a sandwich. He was quite religious and would call me one of his disciples.

"I realised that if he pulled his hood up it looked like a crown of thorns and would make quite a good photograph so I called it Disciple after him.”

David, who studied at the Northern School of Art and Hertfordshire University, took the picture just a few weeks after he took up photography in early 2019.

Thankfully Carl got the help and support he needed during the pandemic and is no longer living on the streets of Hartlepool.

David Coser behind the lens.

He now has a partner and is living in Sunderland. 

The inaugural Northern Photography Prize, in association with Living North Magazine and sponsored by Dark Skies Publishing, has £1,000 prizes for the winning landscape and portrait entries.

LJ Ross said: “Photography has a unique power to capture the humanity of a single moment, or the beauty of the natural world in such a way that can never be replicated."

Shortlisted entries will be featured in Living North magazine and the overall winners will be revealed at the end of September.

David added: “To be shortlisted for the prize is an incredible opportunity for me to be recognised as an up-and-coming amateur photographer.

"The thought of me capturing the heart of the people in the North East is a humbling experience.”

David, of Bishop Cuthbert, hopes to turn professional and enjoys capturing the streets, portraits, landscapes and creative photography of his town.

Read More

Read More
Hartlepool photographer’s striking image of waves at the Headland to be featured...

Support your Mail and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news, the latest on Pools and new puzzles every day. With a digital subscription, you can see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

The Hartlepool Mail has been in town since 1877, and your support means we can continue telling your stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe.