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Photographer with an eye for the Black Country's hidden charms celebrates book launch

A photographer with a passion for snapping the urban environments of the Black Country is celebrating the launch of his book compiling his photos from around the area.

Photos taken by Tom from around the Black Country

Tom Hicks, 50, from Kingswinford, has now released a book called 'Black Country Type', made up of photos of locations from all across the region, which he took whilst out cycling.

Tom said: "It all started around five years ago where I began taking photos of signs and graffiti around the Black Country.

"I do a lot of cycling and I noticed that I have a lot of photos that I had taken whilst out cycling and I didn't know what to do with them.

Photos taken by Tom from around the Black Country

"So I started an Instagram page called Black Country Type and it stuck. The page grew and very early on I got offered an exhibition, and it has grown through word of mouth and people love it.

"All the photos in the book, they're taken randomly when I go cycling, and it feels good because sometimes I'll feel lost but I see some really good stuff to capture.