Photographer's Note

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the administrative names used in the region, I currently live in. The most common phrase I hear describing the area is Teesside. Depending how you look at it, most of the time it refers to area around Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, and Redcar. There is also another term used: Tees Valley, which also includes Darlington and Hartlepool. All the places I mentioned were in the past heavily industrialized and now exhibit a high unemployment, crime rate, low quality of life etc. As a result, the living costs are the lowest in the country, which then ironically translates into better living standards in some respects. For example, while living in Teesside I can afford to own a larger house while in London I could only afford to rent a room. Here I can drive to work 15 minutes while near London I would need to commute over 1h one way. So ironically while most people from the UK look down at Teesside, they cannot afford some qualities of life where they live, unless they inherited a lot from their parents. They look down at the area in general and I suppose many would consider it industrial and therefore ugly but nobody really bothers to have a closer look. I had those thoughts exactly while having a walk with friends along the River Tees from Yarm through Eaglescliffe and back to Yarm again, when I took this photo. Both mentioned villages are part of the Stockton-on-Tees. It was a great weather day and I thought, it is not as ugly as people may thinků

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