A photographer visiting the Kaipara region has captured the hearts of locals with his spookily beautiful shots.

Brian Dean, an award-winning photographer from Queensland, Australia, is currently holidaying not far from Dargaville on Northland's west coast.

Dean says he can't help taking photographs of the region because, "everywhere I turn, every corner there is another incredible view."

Te Kopuru Hospital now rather dilapidated and derelict since being abandoned. Photo/ Brian Dean
Te Kopuru Hospital now rather dilapidated and derelict since being abandoned. Photo/ Brian Dean

The retired former construction manager is humble about his work and says he's just an amateur photographer, but admits to having won a few awards for this work.

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He says the area with its raw natural beauty has inspired him to capture an

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