TIMELESS images of the North York Moors by a contemporary photographer, but made using Victorian photographic and printing processes, go on display in the National Park in March.

The Moors is a new exhibition of images by Saltburn-based photographer Charles Twist.

It can be seen at the Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, North Yorkshire, from Thursday 6 to Monday 31 March 2014, daily from 10.30am to 4pm.

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The sepia prints are made using a printing method derived from Sir John Herschel’s argentotype process, originally developed in the 1840s and now known as the Van Dyke Brown process. The result is reminiscent of both etchings and watercolours.

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Charles Twist is a traditional film photographer. For these photographs he used a plate camera and a wide-angle lens from the 1880s, which complement the printing method.

He said: “These pictures are timeless, not in the gratifying sense of great art but in the literal sense of being outside time.”

Charles has established a strong reputation as a user of bellows cameras, first with his landscape photographs of Teesside and Cleveland, and now with his black and white portraits. In his studio at Preston Park Museum in Stockton, he creates period portraits on film with vintage lenses in any style from mid-Victorian up to the 1960s.

Visitors are invited to ‘Meet the Artist’ at the gallery on Saturday 15 March from noon to 3pm, with music by harpist Elisabeth Westhead for 30 minutes at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. There’ll be a second opportunity on Saturday 22 March from noon to 3pm, with Charles giving a talk entitled My History of Photography at 2pm. Admission to the talk is free, but places are limited, so prompt arrival is recommended.