Stunning scenes of area showcased in exhibition


A photographer will unveil his stunning snaps of the Whitby area at an exhibition next month.

North Yorkshire-based landscape photographer and poet Phil Cornelius will launch his latest book Smoke and Rain at an exhibition of the same name at The Gallery in Ryedale Folk Museum.

His local photography takes its inspiration from the wild areas of moors and coast near his home and his poetry also focuses on the region.

The 64-year-old’s shots include scenes of Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Blakey Ridge.

Images and poetry from Phil’s first book, Shadowlands will also be included in the exhibition, although he said stocks of the book itself may be limited.

This is his first exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum and Phil said is extremely excited at the prospect.

“I have never done a combined photography and poetry exhibition before,” he said. “I hope this will prompt visitors to look beyond the landscape and focus on the people who have lived, loved and died in the region.

“Certainly, I hope it will be a lot more than just a collection of pretty pictures.”

Phil admits that Shadowlands was a leap into the unknown but added: “If they had all ended up in the skip at least I wouldn’t have died wondering.”
As it happened he said, the book was hailed a great success, and has sold to both residents and visitors alike mainly through local exhibitions, bookshops and galleries.

Both books and framed photographs will be on sale at the exhibition - Shadowlands is priced at £7.95, Smoke and Rain £8.95 and photographs £145. Smoke and Rain will run from 3 May to 2 June at The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole. 
It will be open daily from 10am to 4.30pm, admission to the exhibition is free.

Phil lives with his wife Ann in Kirkbymoorside on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. His books and photography are available from Trattles and Geall in Church Street or from his website at