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A JONI MITCHELL song has inspired a new exhibition by a Norton photographer at Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Big Yellow Taxi profiles the work of David Tarn, taking its title and much of its inspiration from the classic song's strong call for conservation.

Featuring a variety of different images, the display has three distinct sections - landscape, industrial scenes and contemporary views of people and places, all captured by David's camera.

It opened on Saturday, and was "a small tribute to the sheer genius that is Joni Mitchell - surely one of the greatest wordsmiths the world has ever known," said David.

He explained: "Her songs accompany me on my journeys into the countryside and some of the lyrics accompany my work in this exhibition.

"Throughout the various parts of the exhibition I hope people will find the common theme of man's interaction with nature.

"I hope I have illustrated how the natural world feels and how the world of man feels by comparison. Paradise and paradise paved, side by side."

One of the many lines from Big Yellow Taxi which influenced David's work include: "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone" - inspiring the traditional landscape photography for which he is best known.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, February 17 and entry is free. The Gallery, in Church Square, is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-5.30pm and Sundays 2pm-5pm. For more details call 01429869706.

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HAIL THE IMAGERY: David Tarn, right, his inspiration Joni Mitchell, left, and two of his pictures from the exhibition
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2008
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