courtesy of Nigel Danson

I have been ‘into photography’ for as long as I can remember, from my first hand me down camera as a child, through the frustrating times of film where post processing consisted of sending the roll off to a lab and waiting a week for the ultimately disappointing results to return, to the beginning of the age of digital cameras and finally to where I am now, having access to equipment and processing technology that quite simply blows my mind.

Landscape has always been my favourite flavour of photography, however, a fairly nasty knee injury sustained back in 1996 limited my ability to immerse myself in this particular genre as you need to. Contrary to how it sometimes appears, landscape photography can involve a huge amount of time and effort, often at times and in weather that is more traditionally spent in bed or curled up in front of the TV. It’s wonderful.

A few years ago, and after numerous operations, I had a High Tibial Osteotomy that improved my mobility immeasurably. Part of the intensive rehab involved cycling, which as my distances increased, took me further into the countryside. The beauty of which ultimately reinvigorated my desire to be a creator instead of just an admirer of landscape photography.

Nowadays, as much as I’ll happily point my camera at whatever catches my eye, after all it’s always worthwhile trying out new things, I am most at home working with nature in all it’s glory as my backdrop. 

Being a lover of mountains, valleys and waterfalls, the relatively flat south east of England can present a challenge, albeit a challenge that is good motivation to show off my corner of the UK. That said I do find myself drawn to the more dramatic topography offered by the Lake District or Wales, or given just a spare day or two I’ll head over and up to the Peak District which I am really very fond of. 

I also hold a private pilots licence which although an incredible privilege to be able to fly over the countryside more or less where you want outside of controlled airspace, can be frustrating from a photography point of view. Simply put, the type of atmospheric conditions I like to shoot in are very much not the conditions I want to be near in a light aircraft. Conversely, the ideal flying conditions, make for pretty lifeless two dimensional landscape images. That said, a camera is usually within reach, sometimes I get lucky.