Dennis Hardley – Born in blitz-sieged Liverpool on the 5th of January 1940 – Prior to coming to the Oban area Dennis had been an electrician working as part of the team building the Concorde aircraft . He was also a semi-professional pianist working with the likes of Ken Dodd, Geraldo, and the Stan Clarke band, which brought him into contact with BrIan Epstein and the Beatles.
Quite the entrepreneur, Dennis and his wife Dorothy decided to start a new life in Scotland following his burning ambition to become a Professional Photographer. As his reputation grew so did his portfolio, with his work being published worldwide. He worked with companies such as British Rail, Scotrail, Caledonian MacBrayne, Holiday Tour Companies, Postcard and Calendar publishers. Over the years Dennis has had 13 pictorial books on Scotland published including titles such as: “The Secrets of Scotland” for Barnes and Noble’s in the US & Canada and “The Magic & Mystery of Scotland" by Dempsey Parr here in the UK at which time his publisher noted he had driven over one million miles photographing Scotland.
He inspired and encouraged photographers locally and was a past president of the Oban Camera Club. He trained his son Tony in the subtle art of Photography and his legacy will live through his son.
Dennis was a dedicated Husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who’s passion for life was recognised by those he met. He was always extremely supportive of OLTA's work and over the last 20 years our organisation has used many of his superb images online and in print. We are in no doubt that his skills as a photographer helped us attract thousands of visitors to our area. Scotphoto, the company founded by Dennis and continued now by his son Tony, is an excellent resource for anyone sourcing images of Scotland and of course there are numerous examples of Oban and Lorn and the scenery around the Hardley's home in Benderloch, such as this one below of Tralee Beach and Loch Creran.