ART collectors are already beginning to show an interest in the unusual pictures produced by a Huddersfield photography graduate.

Chris Nunn, of Cowlersley, makes his own tiny tables and chairs from matchsticks and balsa wood, and the walls of a room from cardboard to create the backdrop for what some would think is his rather dark vision.

"It is not a conventional-style photography. There is a story-telling element and you take from it what you feel." he says. The pictures are not just pure fantasy, but have their basis in memories and dreams.

"I was imagining being a child. I used to have absurd and horrible dreams, though I don't dream now.

"I started off taking conventional pictures and then got more into art and film, which has had a big influence on my work. I love all kinds of photography, but this is really what I'm about."

David Levinthal and Joel-Peter Witkin are two major photographers whose work has inspired Chris. Levinthal bought toy Nazi figures from old junk shops to create an authentic-looking atmosphere for his series on the death camps of the Holocaust.

Chris thought of using toys in his pictures but decided to make his own pieces, which he films in colour.

"Making the models is hard work," he says. "I have to take a long time over a picture. There is a lot of trial and error involved. Getting the light right is very tricky. It is dark and this makes focusing hard. But I can create almost anything with a few cardboard boxes, so the possibilities are almost limitless.

Chris lives in Warneford Road (where Harold Wilson grew up), and like the former Prime Minister attended Royds Hall School. He studied art and design at Huddersfield Technical College, before completing his photography degree at Bradford University.

He is doing part-time work to fund photographic efforts, which he hopes will bring recognition.

He has been making contact with well-known photographers from this area, Richard Littlewood and William Fediw, along with the artist David Blackburn.

Just recently, Chris has been taking pictures in New York, hit by winter snow. The transatlantic visit was inspiring.

"New York is one of the most photographed places on earth, and to see it in real life and take my own pictures was great," he says.

A trip to the top of the famous Empire State Building produced some dramatic shots, both in colour and black and white.