When publishers Amberley asked Peak District photographer Richard Beresford if he could contribute some landscape pictures for a new book about Derbyshire he readily agreed.
He thought he would be one of several contributors and considered himself honoured to be included.
What he didn’t realise was that having seen his work on Flickr the publishing team wanted to create an entire book from his photographs.
“I thought they would want three or four maybe and of course I said I was interested and asked exactly what they wanted. When they said 125 I couldn’t believe it,” said Richard who is a member of the Chesterfield Photographic Society
“It was too good an opportunity to turn down, so I jumped at the chance and I am really delighted with the resulting book.
“To be honest, how the book has been received by my family and friends has been rather overwhelming. I am flattered at the response from people who have seen it.”
Richard, 42, has always lived in Brimington on the edge of the Peak District and as a child his father took him and his siblings out walking always carrying a camera and binoculars.
“I owe my interest in photography to my dad and we still go out regularly together. When I am not with him I love to go with my family and show them all the wonderful places my dad showed me.”
Richard works shifts as a team leader for a new biomass power plant, which has been built on the edge of Sheffield.
The technical engineer enjoys his work but says his job can be quite stressful and intense so when he has finished a 12 hour shift he loves to be able to pick up his camera and head for the hills.
“The shift working means I can get out when the Peak District is not quite so busy, which is great for capturing the peace and tranquility that the surroundings provide.
“I tend to be drawn to the Dark Peak. I think it is something about the wild, rugged moors, the tors and edges. A lot of the pictures in the book are from there.”
Derbyshire In Photographs, has 128 pages and costs £15.99 and is available from Waterstones, Amazon and http://www.amberley-books.com