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Photograph of Bringham Rocks by Sean Francis - exhibition at Smith Art Gallery, brighouse
Photograph of Bringham Rocks by Sean Francis - exhibition at Smith Art Gallery, brighouse

ATMOSPHERIC photographs of the beach at Scarborough, Brimham Rocks, Saltaire and Whitby Abbey feature in a stunning exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse - all of them in glorious black and white.

The theme of the exhibition is ‘Here in the North’ and the photographs on show are the work of the Yorkshire Monochrome Group, whose 50 members are dedicated to perfecting the black and white image.

They meet once a month and aim to encourage monochrome photography by producing, showing and discussing their own prints with colleagues, mounting exhibitions of their work, sharing knowledge and ideas with each other and enjoying talks by speakers.

It’s not that the members are opposed to the latest photographic technology - many of them, after all, have digital cameras - it’s just that they prefer the more interesting textures and tones that black and white images achieve. Many of them develop their own prints and enjoy the sense of being in total control of the finished image - in other words, seeing the whole process through from start to finish.

Ken Bradbury of Outlane said: “The exhibition includes portraits and pictures of buildings as well as landscapes but there is something about the moors, the mills and the cobbled streets in the north of England that lends itself particularly well to black and white photography.

“We have exhibited at the Smith Art Gallery before and it makes an ideal location to show our photographs.

“Our members come from as far afield as Newcastle and Lincoln and we try to exhibit as much as we can.”

‘Here in the North’ is at the Smith Art Gallery until April 14.

More information about black and white photography is available at www.yorkshiremonochrome.co.uk