Capturing the landscape in a flash

Gibson Mill by Mytholmroyd photographer Tony Hanrahan
Gibson Mill by Mytholmroyd photographer Tony Hanrahan

A man’s passion for black and white photography will be on display next month when he exhibits for the very first time.

Tony Hanrahan, aka Hanners, will be displaying a collection of work he has put together over the last eight years at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, Burnley Road, from Tuesday, April 2, to Tuesday April 30.

Up to 20 of Tony’s black and white pieces will be on display and will feature upper Calder Valley landmarks, such as Stoodley Pike, Pecket Well and Hardcastle Crags, as well as shots of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the East Coast.

“It’s something I have been putting off for a while, but I’ve just been putting it off. I’m really looking forward to getting my work out there,” said Tony, who lives in Mytholmroyd.

“I have a passion for black and white photography and this exhibition is mainly about showcasing what I love. All the images on display are for sale and hopefully someone might buy them.”

Tony said the local landscape plays a big part in his career and acts as a constant inspiration to him.

“There’s a photo around every corner in the upper Calder Valley. It’s a great location to be based at and plus you’re on the door step of the Yorkshire Dales,” he said.

Tony only got into photography after needing an activity to help get him out and about again. But after a tentative start, he is now running black and white photography courses - either one-to-one sessions or in groups, under the name tripod and wellies.

“Ten years ago I had quite a bad back injury and I needed a hobby to get myself out and about again,” he said. “I bought a 2 mega pixel camera and joined the Hebden Bridge Camera Club.

“I always fancied doing photography but never had the resources to do so. Digital was just starting then and it was more accessible. The more I enjoyed it my cameras got bigger and more expensive. Now I’m using top of the range stuff and I’m really in to it.”

Tony has now left Hebden Bridge Camera Club and is instead a member of Picture This. The group meets at Old Town Cricket Club from 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month and Tony said new members are welcome.

For more information about Tony and his work, visit either www.hanrahanphotography.co.uk, or www.hannersmonography.weebly.com,