Growing up in rural Cumbria with The Lake District on my doorstep I believe laid the foundations for my affinity with the landscape. Once I’d realised that I couldn’t kick a ball around for the rest of my life, I started looking up and taking more of an interest in the great outdoors and the activities it had to offer. I still kicked a ball around, but other interests came along and accelerated when I went away to study Landscape Architecture.
I started taking photographs at about the age of 12 when I picked up my Dad’s old Kodak Brownie camera. By the time I was reaching the end of my teens my interest in photography had developed to a level where I wanted to know much more about the art, be able to do more things with a camera and take better pictures.
That’s when I got my first SLR film camera which lead to many years shooting film, both print and slide, colour and black and white.
I very much feel that the connection I have with the landscape and the outdoors, and the bond I have with it is necessary for the success of my photography. It gives me an invaluable feeling for the subject, and therefore gives my photographs the soul I’m often looking for.
My work is inspired by the natural world in all its different guises. The beauty and varying interest of the landscape – the wilder the better – really has a powerful hold over me.
I find the richness of the landscapes the UK has to offer, especially when combined with the changing weather and seasons, is inspiration enough, but I have also been lucky enough to experience many wonderful places abroad; the National Parks of America and places as diverse as Patagonia and Cambodia for example.
Variety is always stimulating. However far I travel though, the landscapes, countryside and wild places of home still resonate with me more than any other.
I am a qualified Landscape Architect and consider myself to be a designer as well as a photographer. The two complement each other as do my other interests. Walking, climbing, backpacking, cycling, running and skiing count among my favourite outdoor activities, most going hand in hand with my photographic adventures. I still kick a ball about but have yet to try that with a camera in my hand!