I spent a few hours photographing the staff at Kielder Hatchery last December. This is the largest conservation hatchery in England and Wales, where the Environment Agency grows fish to stock rivers and lakes in the north of England. Up to 900,000 salmon are successfully bred here each year. This female salmon caught my eye, she has a scar down the side of her face and her lower jaw was damaged too, probably in her struggle upstream.
I used the portrait of her for my first engraving of a River Tyne salmon. The gravel she is lying on in the engraving is photographed at Tyne Waters Meet.
The block locked into the chase ready for printing at Cherryburn.
The first print.