Pensioner fights cancer to open new photography exhibition

Photographer Brian McBean is hosting an exhibition of his photos in March, despite dealing with cancer and parkinson's disease.
Photographer Brian McBean is hosting an exhibition of his photos in March, despite dealing with cancer and parkinson's disease.

A HARTLEPOOL retiree will be hosting a photo exhibition after beating cancer.

Brian Mcbean, 76, is a keen photographer and a selection of his work will be on display at the Central Library, Hartlepool.

The exhibition will be held on Monday, March 2 and comes after Brian has overcome the odds for it to happen.

Brian said: “During the time I have been putting this collection together, I have had bladder cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

“I have been living with Parkinson’s for seven years and four years with cancer.

“Initially I just got on with living, my Parkinson’s is slowly getting worse but after a 10-hour operation to remove my bladder and prostate, I am now cancer free.”

Brian, who has been retired for 18 years, has used his retirement to get back into the hobby he started decades ago.

He said: “I started photography in the 1980s, but I had a break of 20 years until I returned in 2009.

“I had not really thought about photography until I saw a group was starting in the Fisherman’s Arms, since then I have taken thousands of photographs.

“It has been very therapeutic and I have made dozens of new friends.”

Brian, of Welldeck Road, Hartlepool, specialises mainly in black and white images of various landscapes.

He was encouraged by his friends to hold an exhibition, including Peter Gowland of Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency, who said Brian’s photos are “brilliant and deserve to be seen”.

The Central Library, on York Road, will be open from 10am until 6pm on the day of the exhibition.