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Published 17th Jan 2012

Invite to preview evening of 100 beats of the clock

One hundred photographs for 100 years.

Teesside photographer Charles Twist has devised a unique project called “100 beats of the clock” to celebrate the centenary of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

He has taken 100 pictures of the Bridge at regular intervals from sunrise to sunset.

By maintaining the camera in the same position and at the same angle, the composition is constant, but the direction of the light and the events of the day change from one picture to the next.

The photographs symbolise the passage of time with each print representing a year since 1911.

Charles said: “The regularity of the sequence alludes to the bridge’s own rhythms – the to-ing and fro-ing of the gondola and the commuters, the ebb and flow of the tides – and also to the mechanisation of society which made the bridge both possible and necessary.

“The regularity of the shoot mirrors the labour-intensive construction of the bridge and may therefore be seen as performance art. This feeling is reinforced by the use of a camera and lens, which would have been available to a photographer of 1911.”

All the photographs have been captured directly on to the paper, there are no negatives or digital files created so there are no other copies once a particular print has sold.

Therefore, each print is unique and directly linked to the moment and place.

This method relies on the use of direct positive paper, which produces black and white prints on gloss, fibre paper.

Commemorative plates also launched at this exhibition

Poet Ian Horn and ceramicist Claude Frere-Smith have also produced beautiful centenary commemorative plates inspired by the local heritage of Linthorpe Pottery, which will also be launched during this exhibition.

The limited edition plates carry Ian’s poetry that already adorns a wall on the route to the Riverside Stadium:

“Where alchemists were born below Cleveland's hills,
A giant blue dragonfly across the Tees reminds us every night,
We built the world.
Every metropolis came from Ironopolis.”

The Limited Editions form part of the Transporter Bridge centenary celebrations, which are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Just 100 of each of the limited edition pieces – each inspired by the Transporter - will be produced.

All of the limited edition artwork is available to buy during the exhibition at The Heritage Gallery, and also from Gallery TS1 opposite the Empire night club on Corporation Road and the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre. The Photographs are £40 each, while the plates are £60.

Invite to preview evening

Invite to preview evening

Private viewing is on January 19, 2012 6-8pm. Exhibition continues until February 3.

FREE ADMISSION. Open: 8.30am-5pm (Monday - Friday)

Address: Cargo Fleet Offices, Middlesbrough Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 6XH Tel: 01642 225 100

Also don't miss the Transporter Bridge Reminiscence Film Screening


On Wednesday, January 25th, 7.15pm at the Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt enjoy the Transporter Bridge Reminiscence Film.

The film has been created from memories collected during the Transporter Bridge Centenary.

Free entry - call to reserve tickets on 01642 729 085 or email

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.






Useful links

Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet

Transporter Bridge Centenary Celebrations

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