James Davis has published a stunning glossy book chronicling his travels in more than 100 different countries

A Braunton photographer is inviting people to join him on a 50 year journey around the world with his new book.

In a career spanning half a century as a cruise ship and then travel photographer, James Davis, 74, has visited more then 100 different countries.

The results of that can be seen in a new hardback coffee table book entitled 50 Years Around the World and packed with stunning photographs from countless destinations.

Alongside it James tells the story of his life behind the lens from his days as a cruise ship photographer before moving on to become a fulltime travel photographer supplying top tour operators.

James, originally from Somerset, is now semi-retired but still enjoys photography and processing digital images.

He became interested when he joined the school camera club and said he was fortunate when a local photographer took him on as an apprentice for five years.

The cruise ship phase saw him join cruises but also what was then known as voyages around the world.

After leaving the cruises he provided commissions for tour operators and was eventually able to focus on that full time, building up a huge library of pictures to which he kept the copyright.

Pottery in Bahrain. Picture: James DavisPottery in Bahrain. Picture: James Davis

He said: “I had wanted for years to put a book together but it took an awful lot of work and looking through an awful lot of photos!”

The official launch of the book will take place at Braunton Countryside Centre in Caen Street on Saturday (October 28) from 10am-4pm. All are welcome and James will be signing books and chatting about his adventures.

The book will also be available from Amazon or James direct, by emailing wjdavis@talktalk.net

Iguassu Falls, Iguassu, Brazil. Picture: James DavisIguassu Falls, Iguassu, Brazil. Picture: James Davis

The River Tagus Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: James DavisThe River Tagus Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: James Davis