South Tyneside photographer focuses on TV appearance

Andrew Heptinstall
Andrew Heptinstall

A photographer has been snapped up for a television special this weekend.

Andrew Heptinstall, from East Boldon, will give viewers a look through the lens at Cumbria on tomorrow’s episode of Songs of Praise.

My career stems from my experience with the Boys Brigade as a youngster at East Boldon Methodist Church.

Andrew Heptinstall

He will feature in a three-minute segment shot on location at Eycott Hill Reserve, which is run by the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust.

Andrew has spent three decades capturing images for a variety of clients, including English Heritage, The National Trust and Cumbria Tourism, and regularly runs workshops for the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust.

“My career stems from my experience with the Boys Brigade as a youngster at East Boldon Methodist Church,” he said.

“We ventured on the Duke of Edinburgh silver award and needed a new skill to learn, so a friend and I decided on photography and that planted a seed in me which has remained to this day.

“I have been on location at various churches and I always find myself taking a quiet moment to sit and reflect on how my career began all those years ago in a little church as a young boy.

“I run, on average, six workshops a year for the Trust to help keen amateur photographers develop their landscape and close up techniques.

“Cumbria provides the perfect backdrop to capture breath-taking images and Songs of Praise has given me the opportunity to showcase my love for the natural surroundings in the area on a programme that is a household name.

“My approach to always to tell the story in pictures to viewers so they can ‘be there’, whether it’s a modern building, an ancient monument or a temporary house interior.

Songs of Praise producer Charlotte Hindle said: “It was a real pleasure to spend the day filming with Andrew at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

“I think our viewers will really enjoy exploring the landscape through the lens of Andrew and the others on the photography workshop.

Viewers can see Andrew on Songs of Praise on BBC1 at 4.15pm tomorrow.