This morning, my pal Juha in Turku sent me a link to a short BBC archive film from 1974 about Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, a young photographer from Helsinki who had relocated to the town of Ryker, up there in Geordieland.
Gradually she got to know the local people and to take photos of them.
Her pictures of the community are rather wonderful, as is the way she describes the locals. “So gentle and caring.” It was a community which was about to change with the demolition of the terraces and the building of new housing.
A quick Google revealed that she is still living up there and still taking warm, very personal photos.
Has anyone heard of her?
And has anyone else been browsing through the Beeb’s archives?
I just found an interview John Carpenter from 1979.
And Miss World putting an ad in a newsagent’s window for a husband
Please share your discoveries with us!