Photographer's fundraiser for The Customs House as theatre industry hit by coronavirus pandemic

An amateur photographer is fundraising for a theatre which holds a special place in his heart, as the industry continues to be hit hard by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

John Rainsforth’s striking shots of The Customs House in South Shields – which were taken during the coronavirus lockdown – are now available to buy online, with profits from sales going towards the theatre’s charitable trust.

Thirty-year-old John, who usually works as a theatrical lighting designer and touring head of lighting for musicals, has been developing his photography skills during lockdown and took the pictures of The Customs House while out on a daily walk.

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John is raising money for The Customs House with sales of his print.John is raising money for The Customs House with sales of his print.
John is raising money for The Customs House with sales of his print.
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He told the Gazette: “The Customs House has allowed me to grow in my design career and it holds a special place in my heart. I was always thinking of ways I can help and it wasn’t until Jordan Embleton at Photo by Jordan, also technical manager at The Customs House, contacted me offering printing services.

"Selling my images is never something I thought of doing really but thought, if it can raise something for The Customs House, then why not?”

There are three photographs raising money for The Customs House – one in black and white and two in colour showing different views.

All cost £10 and once printing costs and PayPal’s commission are deducted, £7.41 per print goes to the theatre’s charity.

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John’s A4 prints of the theatre are available to purchase here, with all profits going to The Customs House Theatre Trust.

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