As long as I can remember I’ve had an obsession for photographing our landscape but hopefully not entirely in the way as you might ordinarily find. My vision is pretty simple, it’s all about the art of the landscape, that is to say I often try to work with and manipulate different photographic approaches and techniques to craft a more artistic, ethereal image beyond recording a documentary version of a scene. It’s not art for art’s sake though, I’m as happy depicting and capturing the beauty of the land as it is but in my view there’s far too much fakery these days in landscape photography so I’m equally drawn to a more natural, realistic muted colour palette and let the light and land speak for itself in my photography.
But there’s another level to this art beyond technique and composition…
For me, the sum of landscape photography is more than taking pictures, it’s about showing people how you connect yourself to the earth. This is an important point because if photography doesn’t reflect who you are beyond what you’re looking at then it all feels incredibly hollow and somewhat pointless to me. Hopefully something of my DNA and the way I look at the world translates from the sort of photographs you will find here.
When I’m photographing the landscape I’m always waiting for a piece of my soul to be reflected back at me – those are the moments I’m trying to capture. To this end, I will spend time served in peaceful English woodland at dawn, seek out the feel of the rolling Cotswold countryside or take in the brutal elements and drama of our jagged coastline. I love that sense adventure and take a huge amount from the whole creative process.
I’ve long lost the need to travel hundreds of miles to capture images others have already done. Yes, you will probably recognise some locations from the photographs on this website, that’s almost inevitable, but these days I’m equally happy standing over a pond I’ve come to enjoy which is only a few hundred yards from my front door. It’s amazing what’s possible from a few trees and reflections in a pool of water when you use something like Infrared to work with the scene.
With my Backwater series I’ve become compelled to make images like this, I love getting lost amongst the leaves, highlights and the imagination of it all, something I hope the viewer can feel too.