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.
As such, it came as both great delight and genuine surprise when David Baker informed me that he had seen Refuge in the magazine, selected as one of their feature black & white picks from the Landscape Photographer Of The Year awards. Needless to say I’m super pleased because I instinctively thought Refuge might catch the eye of the judges in this year’s competition and it looks as though it didn’t just stop there. To be selected with other high quality images gives me a real buzz – I’m sharing the page with overall winner Mark Littlejohn and over the page are photographs from Giles McGarry, Paul Shears and particularly pleased to see Ian Mountford’s image selected too. All great photographs and great guys to boot. With this issue comes a particular bonus however, one of my photographs actually appears in the same magazine as those from Michael Kenna – it absolutely doesn’t get any better than that!
I must say I absolutely love this magazine, even the cover shot this month is spellbinding to my eye, an image from one of my long held photography heroes in Kenna no less, so this caps of a pretty good year all round and puts a small tick in a box on my ‘must do’ list.