12 February 2013
Last updated at 05:57
Former Coronation Street star Bill Ward says an exhibition of his photographs of Greater Manchester shows off "many of the places, and themes, that have intrigued me about the area".
Passing Through captures a variety of locations around Manchester, Salford and the surrounding area and features photographs which Ward took "on routes I repeatedly explored first hand whilst working in the area, and which I travelled on at almost every conceivable hour of the day and night".
The actor, who played builder Charlie Stubbs from 2003 to 2007 and is currently appearing in the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever in London's West End, said his "photography is a response, and in many ways an antidote, to the time I spend working in the public eye".
He said the pictures "experiment with how the passing of time can be captured in a single frame" and that "many of the pictures in the exhibition were taken with long exposures, sometimes up to three minutes and beyond".
He added that many of the works featured water, which was "a constant theme" in his work. He said he was "born and bred in the North East, where my grandfather ran one of the last great shipyards on the Tyne, and so I've spent much of my life either in or around water, getting very wet indeed".
The exhibition, which Ward said also explores the "constant juxtaposition of old and new, industrialisation and reinvention, past and present" is at the Wendy Levy Gallery in Didsbury until 1 March.