Landscapes by Women

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Phil Starkey Photography and Workshops



I’m based in Plympton in Devon and only a short distance away from Dartmoor National Park where I spend a great deal of time. I previously lived in Cornwall for many years, and so quite naturally my photography is concentrated around the south west of England where there is a wide variety of different types of landscapes to be enjoyed.

I’ve always erred on the artistic side from a young age, however I didn’t start indulging in photography until around 2010. Landscape and the natural world are at the core of what I do. I have had a deep connection with it from an early age, and it has always offered me calm and tranquillity like nothing else can, especially during some very difficult times in my life. I try to reflect its peacefulness in my landscape images.

Artists whose work changes over time, who don’t fall prey to falling into a rut, inspire me. Their work encourages me to do the same, to learn, to grow, to find different ways of expressing myself, and to better understand all parts of my creative side. I am continually evolving as an artist and although I tend to seek calm and tranquillity in landscapes, I’m also drawn to bold, bright colours that bring excitement and energy and this is reflected in my intentional camera movement images.

​I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of the landscape and photography and run residential Dartmoor photography schools in conjunction with my partner and fellow landscape photographer Alan Howe. I also independently run workshops and 1-2-1’s across Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall and give talks at Camera Clubs.

Recently I was excited to become a member of the Landscape Collective UK, and for my work to be represented by the Thurmanovich Gallery. The gallery is exhibiting some of my limited edition intentional camera movement works at The Other Art Fair in London in March 2019.






Lizzie Shepherd Photography and Workshops


I’m a full time, professional photographer, based in Yorkshire and specialising in landscape. If I had to pick a favourite environment in which to photograph, then it would be woodland; however, I enjoy landscape in its very broadest sense – mountains, sea, urban, abstract and so on…

 The way in which I see the world is constantly evolving and I hope this is reflected in my photography. Fundamental to my approach is a deep respect for and appreciation of the landscape and I love trying to find ways to express this through photography. Though I typically enjoy a quieter image, I try to evoke the varying moods of the places I visit.

 I’m a big fan of the printed image and have been producing prints at my home office for many years. Some of these I am lucky enough to have on display at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton and I’ve exhibited in a number of different locations in the UK. I also give talks and write articles for a number of different magazines. I’m currently working on a Fotovue photography guide to the Yorkshire Dales.

 I run small group photography workshops; primarily in Yorkshire but also locations further afield with my great friend and colleague Alex Hare. We thoroughly enjoy working together and have enjoyed the company of many wonderful clients in the Outer Hebrides, the North York Moors and Kent. This year we are incredibly excited to be including a trip to the amazing Zagoria in Northern Greece. I also lead some photography tours out in Iceland for Wild Photography Holidays and am looking forward to heading back out there in early February.























































Marianthi Lainas Photography and Exhibitions


I live at the tip of the Wirral peninsula in NW England, a stone’s throw from the beach. Each day I look out over wide, expansive sands towards the horizon line and feel the wind blowing in across the Irish sea. Having spent most of my life living close to the sea, it is the littoral landscape that inspires me photographically and which I feel compelled to explore visually.

For the past ten years I have earned my living as a professional landscape photographer, the majority of my income derived from print sales and commissioned work. It can be really tricky to strike the right balance between commercial demands and personal work, and a couple of years ago, I experienced a prolonged period of ‘photographic doldrums’; something a lot of creative folk can relate to, I am certain.

I really felt the need to adopt a more tactile approach to creating new work whilst also wishing to spend less time in front of the computer. Attending a bookbinding course in 2017 sparked a new passion which has also reignited my enthusiasm for photography.

Being able to see my work in a printed format is a really important part of the photographic process for me. By starting to present some of my work in the form of hand-crafted books, I found I was able to show collections of images that would otherwise never have been printed.

There are many processes involved in the creation of each book – it is time-consuming and can be frustrating. But I love the fact that I have artistic control of every aspect; from design and sequencing, to printing and production. And I particularly enjoy the fact that the hand of the artist is evident in each carefully crafted volume.

I feel really thrilled to have been able to exhibit some of the books during 2018, and excited that collectors are showing an interest. I’m currently working on a new edition, ‘Birds of Passage’ which visitors will be able to see during the Wirral Open Studio Tour in early June. Other titles can be seen on my website: www.marianthilainas.com/books

Committing work to print continues to be a really important part of my practice, and this year I’m excited to be involved in a joint exhibition in the historic city of Bath. I’ll be showing work alongside four photographers who I very much admire: Sue Bishop, Benjamin Graham, Vanda Ralevska and Linda Wevill.

‘Genius Loci : A Sense of Place’ will run for three months starting 1st May 2018. More information at www.marianthilainas.com/exhibitions



























































Charlotte Gilliatt Photography and Workshops



I was born and bred within the sound of Bow Bells, so I’m a fully-fledged Cockney.  As a child, I remember the hustle and bustle of the East-end, bunking off school and getting up to shenanigans.  My love of London remains as strong now, as it was then.  My London is full of mystery, nostalgia and mischief.

 Whilst I’ve always had a creative mind, I didn’t get my first DSLR camera (Nikon D80) until 2006, but since then, I’ve never looked back.  My aim as a photographer is to capture the atmosphere that I remember….the dark, gloomy and sometimes ominous little alleyways and back streets that are steeped in history.  My method is to seek out hidden corners of the city in the early hours of the morning when the streets are at their quietest, and try to capture images that I feel are as atmospheric to the viewer now as they were centuries ago.  They are still there to find, if you know where to look.  After years of collecting these special locations, I ended up writing the very successful ‘Secret London’ – Gaslights & Alleyways night workshop.

 My influences are mostly from early twentieth century artists such as Brassai, Josef Sudek and Bill Brandt. All of these wonderful photographers knew how to capture atmospheric and emotive images with far less technology then we have available in today’s digital darkroom.  I like to flit between digital medium format cameras and shooting with film and vintage medium format cameras, preferring the beautiful imperfections and feel that can be achieved with film, something that is difficult to emulate with a digital sensor. 

 I would describe myself as an Urban Landscape Photographer.  I ventured into running workshops in London and Prague a number of years ago.  I am now one half of Gilliatt+Gibbins. Together with my buddy Terry Gibbins, I run very successful all-night workshops and three-day tours in London, leading small groups of photographers to hand-picked locations in two iconic black taxis. 

































Valda Bailey – New exciting workshops with Doug Chinnery



We all come to photography with different objectives. For many, it has much to do with the thrill of the chase – climbing the highest peak or waiting for hours in challenging conditions until the clouds part and light changes. Others enjoy the camaraderie, competition and conviviality of the weekly camera club meet. My own objective when taking photographs is rooted in my training as a painter. The causal deployment of the brush that says so much with such apparent ease is something I have always found extremely compelling.  It could be argued that I’m setting myself up for failure before I even begin by trying to make a photograph that is more like a painting as the hand of the artist is always going to be missing but I press on regardless. I now work full time teaching workshops with Doug Chinnery and the time I have available to me to get out with my camera almost never coincides with a high tide or perfect light. I tend to set off with as little equipment as possible and even less of an idea about what I am going to capture. When I find a likely looking place to stop I tend to shoot off a dozen or so frames pretty quickly to give me a vague idea of how the light falls and how the colours are being rendered. Sitting there for twenty minutes or so messing around with multiple exposure options, camera movement, white balance variations and the like allows me to collect my thoughts and, hopefully, for a relationship with my surroundings to start to develop. If the day is going well, I get a vague idea of what it is about the place that I would like to convey and I then set off to find an arrangement of shapes, colours or tones that will allow me to develop this inner monologue.



Astrid McGechan Photography – Passion for Teaching



Hello from leafy Surrey, a county in the South East of the UK, which really is England’s county with the highest concentration of trees! I have been living here since 2004, although I came to the UK from Germany in 1997.

I have been taking photographs since around 2007 but started to get into it in earnest in around 2012, when I was kicked out of my comfy chair and told to publish a book. I duly did, and it was published in 2014. I hold this project responsible for many things, and, among others, for kickstarting my photographic obsession.

For years, I almost exclusively photographed landscapes. But after a bit of a photographic crisis last year, and a change of gear, I started to enjoy photographing in cities. I capture architecture, street life and anything really that catches my eye.

In summer, I was invited to join leading photographic tour company Light & Land, and I am excited to be leading workshops for them, starting in 2019. The first one, on 6 March, will be a day workshop to explore York, England’s ‘Eternal City’. And on 2 May I will be joined by one of the UK’s best known landscape photographers, Light & Land founder Charlie Waite. You can join us in Liverpool, one of England’s most exciting waterfront cities. For more information or to book your place, visit my profile on the Light & Land website: https://www.lightandland.co.uk/photography-tour-tutors/view/astrid-mcgechan. More workshops and tours are in the pipeline, so feel free to connect with me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter on my website at https://www.astridmcgechan.com/,  if you’d like to be kept in the loop.

I also teach a Photography for Beginners course at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames (https://riverhousebarn.co.uk/).  The course runs on alternate Saturdays in term time and consists of 6 sessions with time in between the sessions to practise what is learnt. It’s suitable for those who use their cameras in auto mode but would like to move away from that. We cover the technical basics as well as topics such as composition and light. The next course starts on 12 January 2019, and you can contact Donna at the Riverhouse (donna@riverhousebarn.co.uk) for more info or to book your place.

Sharing my passion for photography with others gives me great pleasure. That is why I also lecture at camera clubs and offer private tuition on a 1-2-1 or small group basis. You can find a description of the available lectures and also a list of forthcoming lectures on my website.


Elemental – An exhibition by Ruth Grindrod

The Aldeburgh gallery – Aldeburgh Suffolk UK




Working towards an exhibition is a mix of great excitement, worry and sometimes frustration. Excitement, because you have a gallery to yourself to showcase your work; worry, will people come and like my work? and frustration as there are a hundred and one things to get right. I chose a theme to show my work which was broad enough, but ensured a focus so that all prints represented ‘Elements’ within the landscape and the atmosphere.  The photos have to flow whilst holding the viewers’ attention and then move the viewer on.

Choosing existing photos is important but shooting new ones is also essential if you are going to achieve a polished result. Once this has been completed the next most important tasks take place: printing and then framing.

We live in a photographic world of digital images, millions and millions of them.  We are literally bombarded with them, and I too, contribute to this via my website and social media. Whilst it is with ease that we can showcase our work, it often means we overlook the details and nuances printing a picture can achieve and make you focus on.   Processing a photo well takes time and patience if you are going to achieve a good print which can be framed and exhibited.  My personal view is that if you are serious about photography, you should be able to print a good print.  If you are limited as to the size you can print then choose printers you know, and who you can work with to achieve a result which is personal to you.

The prints for the exhibition are A3 plus and A2 with a few 8”by 8” prints.  All are printed on Permajet FB Satin 310 or FB Matt 285 with an Aqadia Minuet museum mount board. I have chosen a classic black frame and rounded the whole process off with a particular version of Tru vue glass from Wessex Glass that reduces reflection, whilst maintaining clarity and sharpness. I have to say the end product looks great.

The penultimate stage of the process is hanging them according to the plan I have produced and revised -daily it would seem! Taking time to do this I feel is essential if you are going to achieve continuity and progression in the exhibition.

The final stage is of course The Exhibition.  It would be great to see as many of you there that can make it. Please feel free to come to the Private View on the 19th of October 2018

5-7 pm and meanwhile “May your printing be productive”.























































Well hello from lovely Anglesey – a beautiful island just off the north coast of Wales; I’ve been living here for over 5 years now and I have to say I love it – so much coastal variety in one relatively small space with the bonus of Snowdonia just across the Menai Straits, truly the best of all worlds!

I run a variety of different workshops and photo tours: –

  • One day beginners/improvers workshops here on Anglesey and in Snowdonia
  • One day intermediate workshops – same locations
  • Photographic Impressionism – done in camera not in photoshop, using in camera multiple exposure and intentional camera moment.
  • One or two day ‘One to One’s’ enabling you to have my undivided attention
  • 7 – 10 day tours – locations currently booking are

o   Iceland (Off the Beaten Track) – May/June 2019

o   Giverny – impressionist photography at Monet’s inspirational gardens

o   Blue Ridge Mts of the USA for the amazing autumn colour – Oct/Nov 2019

o   The ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ of Ireland – April 2019

o   Mallorca for the second flush of the Almond Blossom – March 2019

o   Lanzarote – extraordinary volcanic landscape – July 2019

I can promise you a great experience whatever you decide to do, and I get consistently excellent customer feedback – for example Olwen said “Just a note to thank you so much for the excellent workshop yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt so much. You have a natural ability to convey information of a fairly technical nature and making it understood, this is quite a skill. We had a great hands on workshop with a good balance of information imparted and practical information. I have been out today putting as much as I can into practice, your enthusiasm and passion for photography is infectious. Thank you so much – looking forward to the next workshop.”

Just a little bit about me to round off. I’ve been a photographer for 45 years (ouch!) but turned pro and opened my workshop company 6 years ago. My motivation is the stunning beauty of the world around us – I just love it and it’s where I get in touch with something bigger than myself, it has a spiritual element and it feeds my soul. Similarly, I love to share that with other people and help them to really get in touch with the landscape too.

Come and join me and have some fun with your camera, while you develop your photography skills at the same time.