Tamworth photographer Andrew Pearson launches book of landscapes from New England, Liverpool Plains

LAUNCH: Anna Pollard, 9, watches Andrew Pearson sign his book for her mum Joanne Stead's birthday. Photo: Carolyn Millet 110217CMA01

LAUNCH: Anna Pollard, 9, watches Andrew Pearson sign his book for her mum Joanne Stead's birthday. Photo: Carolyn Millet 110217CMA01

TAMWORTH area photographer Andrew Pearson has held a low-key launch and signing of his book - 272 pages, about the same number of images, four years and countless kilometres in the making.

Under a Big Sky features the skies and landscapes of the Tamworth region, Liverpool Plains and New England tablelands.

Mr Pearson said it was great to finally hand over the book and share the region’s beauty with a wider audience.

Three hundred copies have already gone out, including to Tamworth Regional Council and the city’s new Mercure hotel - where the launch took place - to share with visitors.

“I feel very relieved that the project’s done, because it's been a lot of work and a lot of travelling,” Mr Pearson said.

“I also feel very thankful and humbled when anyone pays money for the book; I feel it’s a great compliment.”

Mr Pearson, who moved to Piallamore in 2012, said he’d been surprised by the diversity of the area, and even more surprised it hadn’t been captured in a book.

“It’s one of the most beautiful regions in the country … I feel very proud to have created a product in which locals and visitors can see the beauty in the region.”

He said one buyer was a flight steward who’d learnt about the book after seeing one of Mr Pearson’s prints on the wall of a Mercure room.

“He said he can’t believe how beautiful the landscape is here - and he’s from New Zealand, which is renowned for its landscapes,” Mr Pearson said.

“How he felt is exactly how I felt when I first saw the region.”