These poignant sunrise pictures have captured floral tributes left in memory to photographer Dean Matthews.
Dean, from Sunderland, tragically died on November 12 aged 42 after testing positive to coronavirus earlier this month.
The snapper and Sunderland AFC fanatic was a regular at the Stadium of Lights and at his funeral on Friday, crowds turned out to pay their respects as he made his final journey to the home of the Black Cats.
The photographer was known for taking incredible photos of Sunderland and the North East.
Now beautiful floral tributes paying homage to his love of photography and football have been left at Roker’s Cat and Dog Steps.
Fellow photographer John Alderson, 58, from Seaburn, took these poignant images as the sun rose over Roker beach.
He said: “Dean was inspirational to all local photographers, he brought love and pure passion to his photographs of the area that no professional could, as he was always watching and waiting for the perfect light or clouds or storm.
“Like myself, always ready at a moment's notice to capture the shot.
“I saw him out and about as all local photographers do. He was easy to chat to and down to earth, was always ready for a bit of advice.
“One bit of advice was 'Don't let social media take over your life!'”
“How right that is. Have a look at my Instagram photography and you see a bit of his influence in what I do. I hope he would have approved of the photos.”
Hundreds of people paid tribute to the father-of-five after his death.
A minute's silence was held for Dean and founder of Hays Travel John Hays before Sunderland's home fixture with MK Dons on November 14, which ended in a 1-2 defeat for the Wearsiders.
More than 300 people have donated to a fundraiser for a memorial bench for a lasting tribute to Dean which has already raised more than £3,650 - to donate visit here.
His wife Karen shared the tragic news on November 12 that she had lost her “best friend, my soul mate and my absolute everything”.
She said: “I simply don’t know how I’m gonna live the rest of my life without you Dean Matthews it just doesn't feel real.
“One thing I do know is that you were one of the best men in the whole world.
“You lived your life for me and the kids and we are gonna continue to make you the proud dad and husband you always have been.
“We will love you forever and always.”
In the weeks before his death, Dean posted to thank his friends and well wishers for their support as he said he had been admitted to hospital.
He told followers: “My oxygen levels dropped making it hard for me to catch my breath and also being treated for a lung infection.”