A new photographic collection showcasing Blackpool has been launched.
Acclaimed photographer JJ Waller travelled to the resort after being invited by arts body LeftCoast to document its sights during the summer of 2014.
And the resulting 100-plus page, full colour book JJ Waller’s Blackpool vol 1, will be on sale nationally from Monday.
As someone not familiar with Blackpool, Waller is based in Brighton, his collection of scenes have been hailed as ‘offering a fresh, exciting, and humourous look at the town.’
The shots include residents and locals, workers and moments from the entertainment industry.
“It has been a great adventure discovering Blackpool and the Fylde Coast,” he said. “The biggest challenge was to create enduring images that go beyond the cliché and picture postcard view.
“Blackpool has amazing assets. Its fantastic natural location, the sea, the sands and the light are stunning. Its architectural heritage is world class, but by far the most important asset is its people and the visitors that love the town.
“Blackpool captures people’s hearts. People love Blackpool. I love Blackpool.”
Waller praised the ‘vibe’ and warm welcome he received from people, who readily invited them into their spaces to document life.
“It’s a place which has incredible history, as well as its downsides, but people were so positive about Blackpool and loved it,” he added.
“People were interested that I was interested, and they were trusting of me to present their work.
“My visits made me want to show that Blackpool was a positive place with optimism despite the problems you can’t hide from.”
An exhibition of Waller’s Blackpool images launches at The Pembroke Hotel, King Edward Avenue, on Sunday, between 1pm and 4pm, which continues on Wednesday and Thursday between 4pm and 7pm. Visitors can expect a different take on a photographic exhibition; instead of prints in frames on the walls, the scenes have been printed on to items such as cushions and place mats.
LeftCoast artistic director Michael Trainor said: “JJ Waller captures this fascinating, complex multi-layered town, its people and visitors, honestly, passionately and, importantly, with great humour.
“Every image is saturated with life.”
During the past year, Waller has made seven visits to the town, and was commissioned by his publishers to make a book on Blackpool, to follow up two previous releases on Brighton.
n The book goes on sale in Waterstones from Monday costing £12.99.