Showing hidden beauty amid dark and dereliction

NORTHERN photographers Liza Dracup and Peter Yankowski are showcasing their work at Todmorden’s Water Street Gallery until March 25.

Documenting the beauty of the night and urban decay respectively, their work makes for some interesting images and there is also the chance to meet them at an open event at the gallery on March 10 from noon to 3pm.

It is free, but you do need to book your place by emailing info@waterstreetgallery.co.uk or calling 01706 839714. They will be talking about their work and how it is produced.

Liza Dracup’s work focuses on the nocturnal landscape. Her work Sharpe’s Wood was made in woodland on the outskirts of Bradford and was inspired by her ongoing curiosity with the sublime and what she says is our collective “fear and curiosity of both night and woodland, on the edge of the real.”

She uses a fixed camera and natural, nocturnal light, printing the results on a large scale, producing images which are both subtle and sublime.

Peter Yankowski has created unique, beautiful and unrepeatable images focused on three years of documenting Clegg Street railway warehouses in Oldham - Grade II listed buildings last used in the 60s before becoming increasingly derelict and being finally demolished at the start of this year.

This is the first showing of these images, which captute the beauty in decay, he says.

The gallery’s regular opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.