Pictures: The Scott Trial captured in images


Picture: Guy Carpenter

Photographer Guy Carpenter has been taking some dramatic shots at this year’s Scott Trial event. What he described as “probably the most technically challenging motorcycle race in the world”, the weekend’ event is a sporting fixture in the local diary.

The skill of the riders is phenomenal. The best don’t actually seem to ride up the very rocky hills: they bounce from rock to rock, in what is clearly a very well thought out route (done completely on the fly, as for many it is their first run of the course). Their balance and concentration is hard to believe.

See a full gallery of photographs from the event here at the Gullwing Photography blog.

Get snappy with photography sessions


If you’d like the opportunity to improve your photogragpy skills, Richmond photographer Guy Carpenter is offering free sessions in both Catterick and Leyburn.

The photographer, whose work you can see at Gullwing Photography here, will be running the sessions as follows:

Catterick Garrison:
Wednesday 12th, 1400-1900.
Monday 17th, 1330-1530.
Wednesday 19th, 1400-1900.

Thursday 6th, 1030-1530.
Thursday 13th, 1030-1530.
Thursday 20th, 1030-1530.
Thursday 27th, 1030-1230.

People can book direct with the library.

The main aim of the sessions is to use the cameras to document the people and places nearby.

Favourite pictures of Richmond in January


Coleman and Morris ( or should that be ‘oleman and ‘orris!). Pic: Luis Bachini

Richmond’s photography group voted these as their four favourite snaps from January.



Kingfisher. Pic: Alex Scandrett

The group’s moderator Amanda Owen said it had been a busy month: “Many photos were posted which is lovely to see. Some oldies creeping in too which are always good for memory jogging!”









Le Chateau. Pic: Andy Macey’

The four most popular pictures last month were:

  • Luis Bachini’s pic of Coleman and Morris
  • Alex Scandrett’s fantastic photo of a kingfisher
  • Andy Macey’s memory jogger of Le Chateau
  • Peta Robinson’s wonderful view of the Castle



See more from the group at the Richmond Yorkshire photographs Facebook group .


Richmond Castle. Pic: Peta Robinson

Richmond in November: Photographers’ view


Richmond in the fog. Picture: Peta Robinson


The Christmas Parrot. Picture: Julia Metcalfe


Finkle Street. Michael Fenwick


Scotch Corner.
Picture by Patricia A Thompson

Each one captures a particular aspect of life in the town and have been chosen by members of the Richmond Yorkshire Photography Facebook group throughout the month.

The four shown here received the most ‘likes’ from members of the popular group during November.

They are:

  • Peta Robinson’s lovely evocative view of Richmond in the fog.
  • Love it or loathe it, Christmas won’t be Christmas without him so there’s Julia Metcalfe’s The Christmas Parrot.
  • Michael Fenwick’s Finkle Street and its smattering of the white stuff.
  • Patricia A Thompson Henry’s fabulous old view of one of the month’s major talking points – Scotch Corner.

Thanks to the group’s moderator Amanda Adams and the photographers for sharing them with us.

Fancy joining them? The December picture challenge has just opened at the Facebook page. Good luck!

Richmond Remembers



As the town, and the country, prepares for Remembrance Day, this poignant image was captured by Richmond photographer Denis Hardy and sums up a moment of quiet reflection.

Alongside the church services, the Royal British Legion is also holding a festival of remembrance in the town.

That’s held on Saturday 7 November at Richmond School. More details at the link here.

* You can see more of Denis’ photographs here.

Vast gallery of pictures from the Richmond Castle 10K


Success! Picture by Andrew Thrippleton

If you ran the Richmond Castle 10K at the weekend, you could find yourself captured in this vast gallery of the race, the landscape and the people.

The pictures were all taken by photographer Andrew Thrippleton.

If you’ve pictures to share from this event, or any other in Richmond, you can drop us a line to or tweet @RichmondNYorks.

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A new calendar – this time with added postcards


Gullwing Photography

The latest Richmond photographic calendar to feature here comes from Gullwing Photography’s Guy Carpenter.

It’s the first to come in a familiar, but unusual, size with the stunning local scenes doubling up as postcards.

There’s more information and some of the images to view here.

If you’ve missed any of our previous updates about the many beautiful calendars on offer this year, you can recap here, here and here.

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Images ‘years in the making’ featured in new Richmond calendar



Another day, another Richmond calendar! This time its from well-known professional photographer of these parts, Mat Robinson. Mat has produced a calendar of the town for some years now. He says: “I know there’s been an influx of calendars this year – both charitable and personal – but here’s the information on the long running official Richmond Calendar. As a Richmond resident for the first 18 years of my life – it’s lovely to be able to contribute to this calendar and hopefully push it beyond all others currently on offer in terms of quality. The images used have been years in the making and together make a fantastic 2016 calendar – with a professional seasonal image for each month.”

For more information, the full selection of images and information on how to order, visit Mat’s Facebook page at

Other calendars on offer include this and this.

Nudity and nature – the story behind THAT picture



It’s the picture which has got Richmond tongues wagging. A man in nothing but his woolly hat and hiking boots admiring a lovely Swaledale view. Mark Rasbeary tells me more about photography, nature and the reactions that picture has received.

Please note – if you really feel the uncensored picture might offend you, please don’t scroll down this page any further. You have been warned!

Whether you loved it or loathed it, it’s likely that photograph of Mark Rasbeary will be one of the most memorable local views encountered this year. But what made the retired grandfather clamber to that spot below the summit of Calva and pose in the nude?

“Peta and I had walked up Calva, enjoying our sandwiches by the summit cairn. As we descended, we both stopped to again take in the beautiful vista before our eyes. I felt in awe, at how breathtaking the view was, totally absorbed by the magic.

“Getting naked seemed totally natural too me, a way to feel even more a part of that view. I asked Peta to take the photo, mainly as a reminder of the intense emotion I felt being part of the Dale.”

And so the picture was shared on the popular Richmond photo group Facebook group where both Mark and Peta are regular contributors often posting beautiful images including dramatic sunsets.

But the reaction was something the couple couldn’t have anticipated. While many thought it a bit of a chuckle, there were some who found it to be no laughing matter.

At this point, readers could be forgiven for thinking they’ve lapsed into that episode of the TV comedy series Father Ted with its discussion of the ‘nudey’ scene which ‘left nothing to the imagination’.

“I was shocked at the number of folk who complained” said Mark, “meaning my photo was removed from the group.The outpouring of support from the majority of members was very kind, I believe they saw the photo for what it was intended.

“The comments of one member who considered me ‘unhinged, deranged, a danger to children and that I was committing an offence’ did anger me.That kind of narrow-minded outlook causes our young folk far more harm than a photo, the likes of you can see in WHSmiths or any other card shop.

“When I posted my comments [at the Facebook group] after that member’s libellous remarks, the show of support was humbling.”

The furore prompted something of a dilemma for the moderator of the Facebook group, Amanda Adams who this week released a calendar of members’ photography.

Mark was selected as ‘Mr September’ – and appears there in all his glory – but in a bid to cater for people who found the picture offensive, there is also a version of the calendar available which doesn’t feature the image which can be selected at the point of sale.

So what next for the intrepid naturist who says he enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors and previously spent two years travelling around Spain and France on a Harley Davidson.

I didn’t post the photo to shock, I wanted to share my joy with the group.

“The photo certainly caused great debate, much mirth and no doubt a headache for the lovely Amanda, our lovely administrator.

“When it was decided to include the photo in the calendar, I was happy, after all it was only a bottom.

“As for future naked photos, if the circumstances are right yes, of course there will be more. They may also be posted on the group, that would depend if I thought the group may like them.

“I love to bring smiles to peoples faces, there is plenty of misery in the world as it is.”


In all his glory: Picture by Peta Robinson

Facebook photographers release a Richmond calendar

previewMembers of the popular Facebook group, Richmond Yorkshire Photographs, have launched a calendar of some of the best pictures taken around the town for the first time.

The group’s moderator Amanda Adams said it was an exciting addition to the Facebook group.

She told us:”The calendar can be obtained both locally and for our friends abroad. At the moment, the calendar will be available from The Library/Tourist information Centre and Neeps and Tatties from Monday 5th October. All the photographers are local amateurs, from school age to much much older!

“It is A4 wire bound and will cost £6.99. If you run a local business and would like to help by stocking a calendar in Richmond please let me know via private message. All the proceeds will go to The Mayor’s Charities which this year are:

  • The Youth Theatre at the Georgian Theatre Royal
  • Richmondshire Cricket Club Juniors
  • Richmondshire Rugby Club Juniors
  • North Country Theatre
  • Richmondshire Landscape Trust.”