I was beside myself with excitement a few days ago when this dropped through my door because it’s finally happened – my first magazine cover ever, and it’s certainly a nice one from my point of view too. When Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography, asked me to write the June Learning Zone feature piece for this edition, he neglected to mention that the cover image might be in the offing too…
In January I featured in Black+White Photography Magazine, fulfilling a long standing ambition. Getting into such publications is important (to me anyway) because they are at the quality end of the magazine stand and so it goes it’s something of a subconscious stamp of approval for your endeavour. It was the start of a fair amount of interest I’ve had so far this year. Things definitely stepped up heavily following my relative success in Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014 so I was very pleased indeed when Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography, asked me to write their regular Lie Of The Land piece for the April edition. Outdoor Photography are another I put in the same bracket as Black+White Photography, so it was great not just to be asked for a photograph but to write something too.
In January Practical Photography Magazine contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in completing a video shoot which would be used on the magazine’s cover disc and website. It’s not something I’d done before so I thought it might be a genuinely interesting experience and I agreed. Having run my own workshops previously, you can’t be a shrinking violet in these situations so I figured it would probably be OK.
I’ve been asked for quite a few images from Amateur Photographer to date, most notably with my Wild Wood Feature last October (watch out for another coming up again soon) so I was pleased to be asked to supply an image which would be used to demonstrate how to “avoid the cliches” as part of their “12 New Year Projects” feature…
I’ve spent a bit of time reconnecting with some mono work lately, especially since I started shooting some night scenes with the Nikon Df. I used to spend a lot more time with black & white than I have done this year and in the process I often looked in awe at Black+White Photography magazine for inspiration. It’s a very cool and elegant title indeed, a volume of genuine distinction and quality, in my view a cut above many of the other monthlies you’ll find it nestling amongst on the shelves of WH Smith. It’s been a long held ambition of mine to get something between the covers and in truth I’d all but given up that it was going to happen.
I wrote a blog post a couple of months back about the pain of seeing some of my favourite images from the last year get rejected at the first hurdle of Charlie Waite’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year competition. I wrote it despite the fact I ended up with a number of photographs being shortlisted because I wanted people to know how much time and effort went into each and every image and regardless of any perceived success that the sting of rejection was still real, whether they believed it or not. Each photograph is a labour of love for me, apart from the road miles, 3am alarm calls and physical effort to generally stumbling around carrying large amounts of kit, the meticulous post-processing and final presentation all adds up to a big personal investment in each frame.
Following a bit of experimentation recently with Multiple Exposure effects, I had a request from Amateur Photographer Magazine for them to complete an interview feature on me and the image below, which I’ve simply titled “Cotswold Trees”. I’ve been interviewed by Phil Hall before for a different piece, he’s a very easy guy to talk to and totally understands the creative process and it was a very enjoyable half hour or so.
Once again a real pleasure to be contacted by one of the popular newstand magazines, this time Advanced Photographer for a special 8 page feature on Long Exposures.