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Photographer inspired by Black Country landscapes set to release a book of his urban snaps

A photographer from Kingswinford is set to release a book of his snaps inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Black Country.

Tom Hicks photographs the Black Country when travelling around on his bike

Tom Hicks has been capturing images of the region and sharing them with his followers on Instagram for around five years.

The 50-year-old takes the pictures on his iPhone camera whilst he is walking and cycling around different areas, inspired by the sights he sees along the way.

Tom has now collated more than 100 of his snaps to form his first photobook, "Black Country Type", which has been issued by Manchester-based publishers The Modernist Society.

A photo taken by Tom Hicks of Central Snooker Club in Lye

The self-taught photographer said he is particularly inspired by typography in the area, whether that be factory signs or graffiti on a wall, as well as the splashes of colour seen in the Black Country landscape.

Tom, who is a librarian at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "I think signs and letter forms have a kind of nostalgia and they place that area in a particular time period.