I am a professional documentary photographer based in Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland, England.

A life-long passion for documentary photography continues to inspire me to make images of many different and varied stories and subjects and I have worked extensively both in the UK and abroad, frequently in difficult environments, in this pursuit.

‘Eastbound’ is my release from the work that I normally do and a way to unwind. I love surf photography and surfing and this blog will be a means of showing some of the surfing photography that I shoot.

I live on the Northeast coast of England where we get some of the best swells in the country rolling against our shores – even if it is a little colder than some! But on the right day and with good light there are some top class waves and pictures to be had.

For further information or if you have any questions, or to discuss any sort of commission then please feel free to get in touch.

If you would like to comment then feel free to get in touch on here or via email, the details are at the bottom or by using – Facebook, Linkedin, twitter @ Togian, Vimeo or Flickr.

You can also see other examples of my work at My Website or on My Blog or on Room 2850

Look forward to hearing from you,



email: ianforsyth2003@yahoo.co.uk

mobile: 07786 076618

website: www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk


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  1. Ian, stumbled across your work tonight whilst looking for google images of Saltburn Surf. You are doing the North East Coast proud sir. Just had my 7’6 delivered from N.I. and took her up for a session on Monday just. Quite honestly, it was the best I’ve ever had with that board. The fins were singing down the lefts and rights for 5hrs!

    I’m still shooting with my old OM10, as laborious as film is now, but just love the sound of the autowinder chewing through several frames from the drop-in to the wipe out. Next time I’ll bring her along for the action.

    Keep her lit.


    And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
    Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
    Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy
    I wanton’d with thy breakers – they to me
    Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
    Made them a terror – ’twas a pleasing fear,
    For I was as it were a child of thee,
    And trusted to thy billows far and near,
    And laid my hand upon thy mane – as I do here.

    (George Gordon, Lord Byron)

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