IF a picture is worth a thousand words then a Peak District photographer’s unique diary makes him a master story-teller.
Paul Morgans is documenting a year of his life through 365 consecutive daily pictures.
When the Bakewell photographer started taking a photo-a-day on January 21, 2011, he never imagined the project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help him understand what was important to him.
Whether it was his friends, local characters, the town’s shopkeepers, landmarks, or random objects in his home recording a photo a day for a whole year has left him with a rich visual history of Bakewell.
Paul, of North Church Street, said: “When I was growing up, a lot of the shops and people I remember are now gone and what I like about photographs is they give you a permanent record.
“I love this area and this town is quite special as we’ve got a good cross section of people which makes it interesting. We also have the cattle market in town still and that is quite unique.”
The 43-year-old, who has worked in advertising and the film industry for most of his life, moved to the town four years ago and set up a film production company called Peak Films.
He said: “I’ve been taking photos since I was a child and then moved into films.
“It’s always in the back of my mind, I think what am I going to do today. It’s become like a drug really.
“I’ve also started looking at things in a different way. It makes me appreciate things more.”
Paul’s photographs include the Bakewell panto, the River Wye, well dressings, the raft race, shops such as Bakewell Autoparts and Pet Supplies, Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour, Byways Cafe, dogs and their owners, visitors enjoying fish and chips, farm animals and characters such as Graham Skidmore who, along with his brothers, used to run a traditional fruit and veg shop on Matlock Street.
Each picture comes with its own anecdote.
Now Paul hopes to continue his hobby for a second time and photograph every shopkeeper in the town.
He said: “Every photo has a little story behind it. I like the photos of people as there’s nothing more interesting than the human face.
“I do like the photo of Graham, it might not be technically the best picture but I think it captures him and Graham was really touched that people around the world could see the photo of him.”
Paul’s photographs can be seen at www.blipfoto.com/paulmorgans.