PICTURES chosen with the objective of introducing strangers to the beauty of Yorkshire go on show this weekend in Slaithwaite.
The Colne Valley Leisure Centre hosts an array of landscapes from photographer Les Hutton, who has a studio at Hill Top, Slaithwaite.
Les would probably argue that many people in Yorkshire – himself included, once upon a time – were themselves blind to the beauties of their own county.
It is to these people as well that Les’s show is addressed.
Airedale-born, Les tried a variety of jobs before settling on photography.
He was a weaver in Saltaire, a central heating and double glazing salesman and, intriguingly, a yachtsman for five years, sailing 14,000 miles and visiting 16 countries.
“It was only when I arrived back, penniless, that I realised I wanted to settle here,” he said. “I used to think of Yorkshire as a prison. Now I see it as a door to freedom.”
The show, Les’s first, runs from 2pm on Sunday to 5pm on June 7, in the centre’s lounge.
It includes a few photos of places further afield, such as New Zealand and Eire, and a couple of shots Les describes as ‘photographic art’.
Runnig continuously at the show will be two DVD slideshows.
His website is www.hilltop-photo-gallery.com