The Editors’ Blog
I came across Landscapes by Women back in 2013 and was really excited to find a group that was passionate about raising the profile of the many talented female landscape photographers in this country and beyond. I felt honoured to be asked to join them – it gave me the chance to both get to know and learn from fellow photographers I admire. At that time, I was working on my first book, and was very lucky to gain the support of Landscapes by Women for this project, a project that was a huge milestone in both my photographic and personal life. Several exhibitions followed, giving me the opportunity to have my work seen far and wide. I truly believe that being part of Landscapes by Women opened doors and helped me along my photographic journey. It also helped develop some wonderful friendships over the years!
It was a privilege for me to work on the editorial team and I look forward to many more joint ventures with my fellow photographers!
As we move on, I am hoping to find more time to photograph, and to pursue and develop my various photographic activities that have emerged over the past few years. One is presenting to camera clubs far and wide, be that via zoom or in person, with the last few months taking me as far as Ireland and the United States. I am excited to be part of Light & Land, one of the leading providers of photographic holidays, where I teach photography via courses, tours and workshops. And last, but by no means least, I am working on a new book, which I hope to publish next year!
What begins, obviously has to end. For me, almost ten years working on LBW was a great time. It felt good to fight for balanced representation of female photographers, and even better, to see some positive changes over the years. It was also such a privilege to get to know so many of you talented photographers. Some of you came to my life for a day, some for a few years, others stay inspiring colleagues and reliable friends; for all these I am grateful.
The main reasons of the change in LBW operation have been explained in the main announcement, but there is also another one, more personal – the lack of time. Time is something money cannot buy. I have been very busy in the last decade, making photographs, writing, mentoring, editing, judging. Somehow in all these, my editorial duties and writing took over and photography slowly slipped down to the last place. It is time to reverse it. I will still write books and articles for magazines, but photography will be my priority. Photography and hopefully trips, if Covid is kept at bay in the years to come. I want to spend more time by the sea and wander the streets of interesting towns and villages. I want to learn more and push photographic boundaries. I want to finish my latest book, start thinking about new challenges and exhibit more. Last, but not least, I want to have more time with my family, as this has always been my priority. Wishing you all the best in your creative journeys.
I first joined the Landscapes By Women group when it was in its infancy and I had the pleasure of meeting several of those members. I was very much starting out with my own photography and felt privileged to be in the company of some talented and inspirational photographers and in awe of what they had already achieved in a somewhat challenging environment for women landscape photographers. Spurred on by these encounters, I’ve achieved personal success in being awarded a Licentiate with both the Royal Photographic Society and the Disabled Photographers Society. I’ve also had images featured in several magazines and exhibitions, including most recently at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
For the past few years I have been happy to be part of the LBW editorial team and contacting fellow photographers for an article in our ‘Spotlight On’ series. This has been a success with many talented women agreeing to take part with a varied range of information and images included.
My mobility is deteriorating but I am determined to continue with my photography and the inspiration that has come from so many different women will give me a platform to build on. Nowadays my photography is very much from the roadside or the wheelchair!
Emma Stokes Photography
My landscape photography journey began four years ago, when I went on some workshops following a redundancy from my job of twenty years. It proved to be just what was needed after a difficult time, and over the next few months I attended more workshops, learnt new techniques and spent more time out with my camera. Since then, I have enjoyed exploring other genres such as night-time, street, macro, wildlife and even wedding photography, but it is my love of landscapes and in particular coastal photography which I am drawn back to, and my recent exploration into ICM photography which I would like to present to you here.
Having spent many of my childhood summers outdoors exploring the Kent and Sussex marshes, waterways and coastline, it is perhaps no surprise that I feel most at home near water. It brings me a sense of calm and a clear head space, something which I hope to reflect in my pictures with an atmospheric and often minimalist style. My photographic process when out with the camera is almost entirely intuitive, without much conscious thought of the more traditional text-book compositions, and ICM photography has allowed me to take this one step further, using creative freedom to capture movement, space and light.
I hope to inspire others in their photography through local photo walks and 1-2-1 tuition, and I sell prints, cards and calendars of my work. I feel fortunate to have had some competition success, winning the Daily Telegraph Big Picture Travel award and shortlisted in UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, NatureTTL, Fine Art and Close-Up Photographer of the Year as well as having work published in Digital SLR Photography and Outdoor Photography Magazines.
I hope to hold my first exhibition next year and look forward to helping others explore their potential through offering coastal photography workshops.
Kate Somervell Photography
Based in North Yorkshire, I love nothing more than spending time in the landscape with my camera in the North of England or Scotland, apart from a brief flirtation with colour last year on a beach in Wester Ross, the majority of my work is black and white.
I am incredibly fortunate to be able to show my work as a Gallery Photographer at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, where my Seaweed Series in colour is on display. However, the images I have selected for you are from my favourite city in the world, Venice. I first visited in the 1970s and I fell in love, returning as often as possible. It is an incredibly challenging place to photograph with so much being so obvious, therefore I am always seeking a new take on the familiar or delving deeper into the city. The sense of anticipation as I wander the streets to discover yet another gem of a building, bridge or canal, exploring the lesser known parts of the city and the early start of having St Mark’s Square to yourself is worth the sleep deprivation! It is a magical place with columns and colonnades, and finding images between sunset and sunrise, you discover a less obvious, and darker, somewhat haunting side to the city in mood and emotion, after all, the history of the region has been tumultuous. These images are among those being exhibited at The Garden Rooms at Tennants Auctioneers (tennantsgardenrooms.com) in Leyburn, North Yorkshire from 21 September to 3rd October, and the images will be on my website at solitudephotography.co.uk
Kim Grant Photography
For me photography has always been about connecting deeply with nature. My journey began at the tender age of 16. I would spend many evenings down at the beach in the village I grew up in. I noticed back then that no two sunsets were the same and the changing tides made every evening unique and interesting. I never quite knew what I would be greeted with. This resulted in me buying my first camera to begin to capture these moments. Moving forward twelve years, I now work as a full time outdoor photographer, contact creator and creative mentor. Something I never knew was possible but that I am so grateful to have achieved. I am incredibly passionate about the landscapes of Scotland. I find my home country to be very diverse and I am forever discovering new and exciting things to capture. The coastline is of particular interest to me – it is where I feel most free and at home creatively. After all, the coastline is what inspired me to pick up a camera in the first place. I am on a mission to capture every lighthouse in Scotland in an effort to connect more deeply with the coastline’s heritage. Much of my work and adventures around Scotland are documented and shared on my YouTube channel. I like to inspire people to get out there and discover nature and Scotland for themselves. My enthusiasm for Scotland has gained me a devoted following over the years and I always look forward to creating more videos to share with the world. My mission as a photographer is to help people find their voices through creativity and develop a deep connection with the natural world around them. I host photography workshops in Moray and Aberdeenshire, and have an online mentorship programme where I mentor people globally to find their creative voices. My work is forever evolving and I am always looking for new ways to develop my own creativity and help others do the same with theirs. Professionally I have gained good relationships with Nikon, where I am listed as one of their Z creators, and NiSi filters where I am an ambassador. I write mindful photography articles for the magazine ‘On The Couch’ and have done some online and radio work with BBC Scotland.
Workshops. Mentorship and Retreats: http://www.visualisingscotland.co.uk
Lena Bruce Photography
I started painting as a teenager and created some very expressive, and surprisingly abstract images (without ever intending to) but I eventually submitted to the realisation that this was neither where my heart, nor my finest skillset lay… My husband had an SLR which he frankly did not use (well, you can’t let things go to waste can you?) and within seconds of its improved ownership I was in love with a new way to extract my latent (read hidden) talent, and a long, hard learning curve to present my work in a way that the local humans appreciated. That was twenty years ago and since that catalytic moment I have gradually refined my technique, just a little, and now get great satisfaction out of my ability to capture and create an alluring image from the original, and to turn the mundane into something moreish. I suppose what I am trying to say is that when I manage to make someone involuntarily say ‘wow’ and ask where I took it, (better still – ‘what is it?’) I get an incredible buzz, which I hope will never leave me, and I enjoy the relentless search for better technique, to find new vistas or objects to capture. Capturing subjects at their best is just the most incredible feeling, and when I started in this magic image harvesting business I would never have guessed that it keeps getting better, and that my sensitivity and technique would continue to grow with it.
Ellen Bowness – The Photographer’s Guides
I’m an enthusiastic photographer and author of the ‘Photographer’s Guides’ series of location guidebooks. My interest in landscape photography only started after leaving university, but I quickly realised it was something I’d like to spend more of my time doing. I live in the Lake District and had always loved the outdoors, but photography was a great motivator to get out more often, explore new areas and have a mental break from my job as an editor for a large educational publisher, writing biology books of all things! As well as photographing my native Lakes I also became hooked on spending every holiday I could visiting beautiful locations around the world to photograph them, like Iceland, Antarctica, Vietnam and the American Southwest.
For every photo trip I’d spend months planning it, scouring the internet for information about good locations to visit, when to go to get the best conditions, and practicalities like where to park and how long the walk was. It was after a trip to Utah in 2013, where I’d used an excellent location guidebook written by an American photographer, that I began wondering why these type of books didn’t exist for the UK. And that with my publishing background, maybe I should write one.
After pondering the idea for a while, I decided to take the plunge and self-published ‘The Photographer’s Guide to The Lake District’ – a location guidebook for the Lakes to help others get the most out of their visit to the area. To my delight, it was well received by other photographers, so I started writing another guidebook for the Yorkshire Dales, then another one after that. And 8 years later I now have 10 titles covering various parts of the UK, as well as one for Iceland. These are all self-published by my one-woman publishing company, Long Valley Books.
I’m really passionate about encouraging people to get out in the landscape more and explore beautiful places with their camera. So please visit my website to have a look at my different guidebooks. You can also sign up to my newsletter if you’d like to find out about new titles coming in the range.
Lynne Douglas Photography
When I took up photography in 2010 I never imagined myself doing it full time. I had a successful career as a research scientist putting two daughters through Uni. on a single salary. Ten years and three house moves later I find myself looking out of my studio window at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye. My passion for Photography turned an obsessive hobby into a full time career.
Over a period of several years travelling on weekends to shoot in remote places, I built my portfolio website and opened several online shops. It was a lot of fun and my oversized prints sold well, which was encouraging. My husband offered to build me a small studio and we found the perfect combination of house and work space on the Isle of Skye, the spectacular views were an added bonus. The studio idea morphed into a small gallery, then a gallery with a cafe and, finally, after three years of hard work overlapping the gallery setup with my day job, The Skye Blue Gallery opened its doors. What a roller coaster! We quickly became a hotspot for tourists, artists and photographers from all over the world. Famous photographers and artists passed through often with tour groups, and I spent many happy hours talking about photography and art.
But the fun and popularity had a downside, the cafe was exhausting and my creative drive sank to a low ebb. I had very little time to spend on my photography and my online shop sales dwindled for lack of attention. Come March 2020 and COVID lockdown, I confess I was relieved to close the cafe and return to Photography full time. I have gone full circle.
We never know what is around the corner, for me, this has been a change for the better, a chance to unwind and I feel I am back where I belong. Now, as I sip my coffee and look out the window I see images in the landscape and I get that familiar rush of adrenalin as I pick up my camera and step out of the door.
Linda Bembridge Photography
I don’t trace my photographic heritage to a box brownie, I started much later than that. My parents were enthusiastic amateur photographers and were kind enough to gift me a cutting-edge Nikon D50 as a birthday present. They took a risk; I thought, why not! It wasn’t long before the bug started to bite. I played, tried out different settings and scenes to see what worked and even read the manual, admittedly much thinner in those days. The years rolled by and I continued to cultivate an interest in abstracting the landscape in as many ways as I could. My work/life balance was simultaneously deteriorating until I had to put my camera down as a coping strategy.
A couple of years ago now career burnout prompted me put a stop to my punishing career and I introduced myself to my camera again. It was to be the start of my second (and current) photographic journey and I am excited to say that photography is a major part of my life again. My style continues to evolve as I learn more about what inspires me. Using in-camera blending and colour shifts I photograph any scene which attracts my attention. I don’t place arbitrary restrictions around processing techniques, I will happily devote time editing images if I can communicate more clearly. I play with tones, shape and colour if the result pleases me. My camera is a tool allowing me to pull the viewer out of a logical and recognisable world into a space more alive and joyful. I am drawn to shapes, lines, rhythm and colour as I move along the continuum between representational and abstract. Every image I produce is part of my journey to find and express my creative voice, each has its place and its own story to tell.
Helen Storer Photography
As a local Norfolk photographer, I am so lucky to have both the Broads National Park and the North Norfolk Coastline right here on my doorstep. I started my photography journey just over ten years ago having found a love for using a digital camera on holiday, and then visiting traditional Norfolk landscape photographers’ hotspots at weekends. However, after a couple of years or so, I found myself getting very bored with taking those classic location images. Although I had won a few international awards and been published, I had lost my mojo somewhat. So, one day back in 2016, I grabbed an OS map and off I went exploring in search of Norfolk’s hidden gems. I have never looked back and still go off most weekends exploring new areas. What a wonderful county Norfolk is with its varied landscapes and wildlife.
Over the years I have continued to develop my own style of photography which is described more of an impressionist nature. I find myself pausing at times and thinking a lot more about why I am pressing the shutter. What am I feeling right now? I aim to capture the emotional impact I felt at that given time. I personally enjoy shooting at sunrise along the coast. My personal happy place is when I locate that ideal composition, camera settings are dialled in and all that is left to do is wait for that perfect moment when all the elements come together– this for me is what creative landscape photography is all about.
In coming along to any of my day workshops, participants will have time and space to learn new photographic skills and leave the day hopefully feeling relaxed and confident in using their camera. My popular beginners Get off Auto and Get Creative photography day out is great for beginners; and for those with some experience already of using their cameras, I offer intermediate and advanced photography landscape and nature workshops both along the Norfolk coast and in the Broads National Park area.
For more details www.storersphotos.com
Mobile number 07584031217
Faye Dunmall Photography
I am a fine art landscape and nature photographer from Bedfordshire in the UK.
My interest in photography began in 2016 on a holiday to Jordan. Inspired by the vast, fiery red landscapes of Wadi Rum I returned home with a burning desire to visually document the beauty of the world we live in. Since then I have endeavoured to learn all I can about photography and have travelled extensively around the UK and Europe with a camera in hand. Although my passion for photography began with vast vistas, I have a current appreciation for more subtle and intimate imagery. There’s a certain kind of beauty in impermanence, a certain kind of magic in a moment. Sand patterns created by a receding tide. A millisecond of golden light. The perfect wave.
I am a skilled drone pilot and have been commended for Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 and shortlisted for The British Photography Awards 2021 with my aerial images. I’m also proud to be a member of Nature First, helping to ensure photographers minimise their impacts on the natural environment and work in a sustainable manner to help protect and preserve the natural world.
More example of my work can be found on my website. I offer prints for sale and am in the process of setting up workshops for the future. I hope you’ll come and find me on social media and say hello too.
“Love wild and make good art.”
Clubhouse: Faye Dunmall
Margaret Soraya Photography
“My love of the sea and water runs through my work as well as my lifestyle. I swim outdoors and surf, paddle-board, and spend every moment by the waters edge possible. There are a few values that I uphold in my life, including quiet, nature, and kindness. These values have become the pillars of how I lead my life and run my business. As an introvert, solitude revitalises me and allows my creativity to come through. I feel strongly about sharing the idea that introversion is a positive trait and is also one that allows me to embrace my creativity fully. I believe in nature and being outdoors is fundamental to our well being and finally, that kindness should be at the core of everything I do. Openly sharing and teaching in a kind and gentle manner has become my purpose.
I spend a lot of time alone on the Hebrides and other Scottish islands. Travelling solo in my van, I often stay out of signal for many days. The Scottish islands are the embodiment of my values. Wild, peaceful places where I have time and space for myself. I believe that creativity and time for yourself is crucial to our mental and physical well being. It is often lost along the way as we raise our families and spend our energy and time on others. Most of my work is photographed on the Hebrides where I spend most of my winter. These months are when I find the stormy, wild conditions in which I love to photograph. The rest of the time, I am home in Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch ness with my two teenage boys.
I have run a full-time wedding photography and commercial business alongside my landscape work. For the past 17 years, I have supported my family solely through my photographic business. I have worked for Build It Magazine for many years and private estates, shooting interiors and events. I shoot many elopements on the beaches of the Hebrides or within the Isle of Skye’s dramatic landscapes. My wedding business is rooted within the same landscapes that I adore. I have recently exhibited at the Bosham Gallery in Chichester and the Taunus Gallery in Frankfurt. The collection is based around seascapes of the Hebrides and is called” Quiet” My ideas of solitude, introversion, and quiet places come together within this exhibition.
My retreat and workshop business, Quiet Landscapes, was born in 2018 out of a desire to teach and take others to the beautiful landscapes that I know so well myself. I take a gentle approach that is in tune with my ideas of slowing down and photographing mindfully within quiet places. A place for learning and gentle teaching where like-minded people can come together and immerse themselves in the most remote and beautiful places in Scotland.
During the pandemic, I founded Creative Haven when I saw a need for people to feel inspired to be creative during a difficult time. My idea that creativity is an important outlet for our well being became increasingly important during this time. I wanted to encourage creativity, support, and uplift others, so I created an online community in which to do this. It is now the mainstay of the business, and I have never been happier supporting my community. I also regularly speak to camera clubs and teach online courses. I am soon also to release a podcast focusing on creativity and well being.”
Workshops & retreats : www.quietlandscapes.co.uk
Fine art website : www.margaretsoraya.com
Marie Davey Photography
Landscape photography is my passion, and even though I’ve only been doing it for a relatively short time, I find it very hard to remember what life was like before I discovered it. I have distant memories of my dad sometimes going out with his camera at sunrise when we were on holiday, and thinking how very strange it was that he would willingly get up early, but now I too have become that person! Sunrise is my favourite time of day, and I think it’s hard to beat the magic of a new day dawning.
My photographic journey started in earnest in 2016. Before that I’d had a quiet interest in photography, but had never gone out with the sole purpose of just taking pictures. Ironically, it was after a trip to Australia, where I had been visiting my brother in law (a very talented landscape photographer himself), that my passion for photography finally clicked. Upon my return, I realised that I didn’t really have any shots that I was particularly proud of, which when you’ve been to one of the most stunning places in the world, is pretty frustrating! However, I had loved the process; the early mornings, the exploration, the eternal hope for the right conditions and light – it ignited something in me that spurred me on to dedicate more time to photography, and since then I have never looked back. I launched my website at the end of 2016, and over time have slowly built up a portfolio of images, predominantly from around the Surrey Hills where I live. I also spend a lot of time on the coast of Essex as I have family there, and now take my camera with me wherever I go. I have exhibited in both Surrey and Essex, and have had images commended in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year and International Garden Photographer of the Year competitions. I am also part of an artist collective that permanently exhibits at The Wisley Gallery at RHS Wisley.
Photography for me is about constantly learning and evolving. Every time I go out with my camera I learn something new, whether it’s something technical, something about my environment or simply that I’m cold and that I should always wear more layers! I am always grateful for time spent outdoors with my camera, and if you throw in a bit of mist too then I really think it’s hard to beat.
Facebook: Marie Davey Photography
Amy Bateman Photography
I am an Award-winning commercial photographer living and working on our family farm, just outside Kendal in Cumbria. Having attended the local arts college on an evening class into intermediate digital photography only four years ago, I got hooked and have never looked back. Initially, I photographed everything – literally, as I even had a go at photographing the kitchen sink! I take my camera everywhere with me. I don’t have a handbag; I have a camera bag. This paid off as a picture I took whilst walking a friend’s dog won the title of Fotospeed Photographer of the Year. Buoyed by success I continued to read every camera magazine and practice when I could and blame a finalist in OPOTY, and Royal Society of Biology POTY.
Living on a farm there is no shortage of content and having a social media presence gave me the perfect outlet for sharing my images. Followers grew and I started being asked to take pictures of friends, their families and pets. I tentatively set up as a Professional Photographer and then took a picture that changed my future. At lambing time, I look after the pet lambs in a stable, the last feed at night is very atmospheric and it was taking this image that won me British Life Photographer of the Year. This competition also introduced me to Sony, being the prize, I was bowled over by the technology and quality of brand and made a complete switch from Nikon, another move I have not looked back from. I am now a Sony Alpha Creator producing content for webinars and giving presentations and hope to run seminars from our farm when the pandemic recedes. I am now a leading agricultural Photographer whilst also doing commissions for businesses in the North West and still doing pet and portrait images from home.
I adore being a photographer, having a second career in my 40s makes me feel incredibly grateful and fulfilled. Hope you’ll come and find me on Twitter- @croftfoot, Facebook – Amy Bateman Photography and Instagram- @amybphoto
Verity Milligan Photography
I work as a professional photographer and educator specialising in landscape, urban and architectural photography. I’ve always been interested in nature despite growing up under the shadow of the steelworks in Corby. My late father was a keen birdwatcher and we would spend many happy mornings outdoors. However, photography was something that only found me after I’d been through my education and already entered the world of work. Despite not picking up a camera till I was 25, I’ve slowly built up my career as a photographer over the last decade, making mistakes and getting to know who I am as a creative. I’m lucky that social media has been a real help, especially Twitter, connecting me with both clients and other inspirational photographers. I suppose that my work originally gained coverage through my imagery of Birmingham, where I currently reside, which featured in the national press. Photographing urban environments came through a lack of opportunity to get out into the landscape, and I applied the same approach I would have taken if I was capturing a rural scene. I hadn’t considered that others might find merit in this approach, as it’s certainly not original, and it was a real surprise when people began engaging with my work. I now have a fondness for capturing urban environments, but I’m happiest outside in nature at sunrise, especially if there’s mist or fog. I spent as much time as I can in the Lake District and Scotland (especially my beloved Outer Hebrides where I got married in 2019) because there’s a wild beauty to the landscape that speaks to something primordial in me. As someone with an anxious mind, I find that my anxieties are quietest when surrounded by nature, and photography helps me focus my attention. As difficult as 2020 has been for me as a creative freelancer I feel very lucky that I get to do what I love whether it’s in the city or the countryside. Currently I’m also lucky enough to indulge my first love, which is writing, and contribute to several photographic publications. I also represent Zeiss as an ambassador and run photography workshops and tours for Light & Land alongside ad hoc 1-2-1 tuition.
1-2-1 Tuition – http://www.veritymilliganphotography.com/workshops
Light & Land Workshops:
Glamorgan & Gower Coast – https://www.lightandland.co.uk/photography-tours/view/glamorgan-heritage-coast-photography-tour
Metropolis Birmingham Photography Workshop – https://www.lightandland.co.uk/photography-tours/view/metropolis-birmingham-photography-workshop-2021
Worcestershire in Spring – https://www.lightandland.co.uk/photography-tours/view/spring-in-worcestershire-photography-workshop-2021
Caroline Fraser Photography
I am an intimate landscape photographer and book artist whose work is inspired by nature. I recently retired as a GP, and my photographic journey began after treatment for breast cancer in 2004. There is nothing like a taste of mortality for realising what is important in life, and for that I will always be grateful. Since taking up photography and engaging with a passionate community of artists my life has been so much richer. I gained my ARPS in 2011 with abstract images of sand and water from the Hebrides. Also in 2011 I achieved a post-graduate certificate in photography at Central Saint Martins, London.
I worked as a GP locum in New Zealand in order to spend time photographing the spectacular landscape of South Island. Iceland, Greenland and Scotland are other favoured locations. I love mountains, trees and water. I enjoy layering my work, whether double or multiple exposures, and recently with a paint layer worked in. The Canon 5-D and Olympus OMD E-M5 allow different multiple exposure features. My studio is in Rye, East Sussex, and I am an artist member of Artspring gallery, Tonbridge.
Making books is an important part of my work. In 2017 I published ‘Land of my Father’, a hand bound book about the death of my father using images from the Scottish highlands. That started me on my book art journey, and in 2018 I completed one year towards an MA in book art at University of the Arts, London. I found that studying in a central London environment adversely affected my wellbeing and creativity, so I left the course without the MA but with new skills and ways of approaching my work. My next ambition is to offer workshops in book making.
My blog “An ordinary life” is a light hearted look at my artistic journey.
My website is www.carolinefraser.org
Emily Endean Photography
Hi I’m Emily! A chaser of light, ocean addict and lover of nature. I’ve reached a point in time where I actually don’t remember life without photography… Specialising in landscapes and nature, I enjoy being outside as much as possible, capturing the beauty of the world through my lens and chasing the light and the weather at its best, mainly around my home county of Dorset. Being on the coast means I absolutely love a stormy seascape. I do also love to travel, capturing the diversity of this world we live in is something pretty exciting! Again, I usually head for coastal destinations, my connection with the ocean is just too strong!
At the age of four I moved to the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth. It was not long after that I picked up my first camera and I became captivated by seizing moments through a camera. Following that, I was given my first DSLR around 2013 and I was hooked!
My work has previously been exhibited locally and I have been lucky enough to be featured in local and national press too. I’m also a member of the Guild of Photographers, which is a highly respected association for all photographers. As a qualified member of the Guild of Photographers, it means that my work is approved and is highly regarded by a team of incredibly experienced professionals.
In February 2018 and 2019 (fingers crossed for 2020!), I was awarded with membership to the Photographer’s Bar. This is a unique distinction awarded to those who have successfully had images assessed by the Guild at an extremely high level. Membership of the Photographer’s Bar is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve and I feel very privileged. I have also been awarded Members Choice Award 2018, and a finalist in the Landscape category in both 2018 and 2019.
I have been shortlisted and commended for Landscape Photographer of the Year, The British Photography Awards and Garden Photographer of the Year in recent years, which were all my highlights in my photography career so far.
In addition to my own photography, over the past couple of years I have held 1-2-1 and small group photography tuition sessions. These have ranged from beginners getting off of auto and learning to get the best of their camera up to tips and advice for the more experienced photographer.
More recently, I have indulged further into my love of the ocean and whilst spending so much time out in the deep, I have captured seascapes from within. This will be an ongoing project for me, which I’d love to see develop (excuse the pun!) as time goes on.
This project and more examples of my work can be found on my website:
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Lorraine Heaysman Photography
My name is Lorraine Heaysman and I am a part time landscape photographer, living in Worthing in the south east of England. Getting out with my camera is a lovely respite to my day job as a bookkeeper.
My love for nature stemmed from my early years spent scrambling round the countryside with my grandfather; we used to go out early and collect mushrooms for breakfast! Perhaps that is why dawn is my favourite time of day, the peace and quiet feels like the rest of the world is asleep. A calm morning with mist in the valley always makes my heart beat faster.
I first picked up a DSLR in 2009 and, intrigued, used my local beach to learn how the light, water and weather interacted with each other. It wasn’t until my son started taking part in adventure activities with the Boy Scouts, that I started noticing how much the South Downs National Park had to offer. His excitement at hiking through the great outdoors introduced me to the breath-taking beauty around me, the rolling hills with their misty valleys. I was captivated. The downs became as special to me as the coast, and I familiarised myself with the weather conditions that might cause early morning mist, my favoured conditions, earning me the nickname, “The Mist Lady”!
I love being involved in my local arts scene, and have helped organise Open Houses in Worthing for the past 5 Years. I run “Seasons”, a beach hut gallery on the Worthing seafront, part of the East Beach Artists Collective. There are over 20 artists involved, and we enjoy sharing our various skills with local visitors and tourists alike. I am proud of my involvement with the historic Cuckmere Cottages, their annual exhibition and charity, Cuckmere Haven SOS. Being a member of Parhelion enables me to work with a group of other local photographers. I also run workshops for beginners, a great way to share my passion and knowledge of my beautiful part of the world.
Lucie Averill Photography
I am a landscape photographer living and working near Marazion in the far west of Cornwall. Although I have always taken family pictures, it was only when I bought my first digital camera that my interest in creative photography really took off.
Working as a primary school teacher for many years, whilst also bringing up my own family, meant that time was limited. I began to seek quiet times out with my camera and it was through this ‘me time’ that my love of photographing seascapes and landscapes began. I searched out empty beaches and vast cloudscapes, and fields close to home also became an inspiration. I revisited local areas many times during different seasons and weather and was intrigued by the way familiar places were continually redefined by changing light.
Much of my work conveys the sense of space and solitude that I crave: huge cloud reflections in wet sand, or longer exposures for a more painterly image. Often, I’m the last person left on the beach long after the sun has set and this is my favourite time of day to make images. Abstract patterns, shapes and colours in more intimate landscapes also fascinate me – especially as they are often overlooked.
Printing and exhibiting my work has become important to me. I sell fine art prints through my website and I am part of a collective of artists exhibiting in Marazion Gallery. I am currently in the process of rescheduling two exhibitions at different venues for next year because of Covid-19. As well as giving camera club talks, I run 1:1 workshops and I photograph art works for galleries and individual artists.
Jenifer Bunnett Photography
My name is Jenifer Bunnett, a fine art seascape photographer. I have wended a circuitous route through the world of photography to reach this point, with breaks here and there to raise my sons, relearn photography as a digital process, and battle the many dramas that have landed at my feet.
The sea was always part of my life, being born into a sailing family; my parents ran a sailing school while I was very small. I became a competitive swimmer and taught life-saving. That I should eventually specialise in sea photography is no surprise, and although I have now lived in landlocked Surrey for many years, I aspire to return to the coast as soon as I am able.
As a youngster I spent much of my time drawing and painting, and after I’d completed an Arts Foundation Course, it had been my intention to continue that journey. But perhaps because I had spent so long helping in the family photography business, I ended up with a BA in Photography and remained in that industry. The last ten years or so have seen me combine my art training and photography to develop my own style which while always evolving, is reminiscent of my loose, impressionist painting style.
I exhibit as often as possible; printing and displaying my work is the final flourish of the image making process. Most of my images are sold in short run limited editions. As a member of Parhelion Group, I am also able to share my world with like-minded people. Together we can develop ideas and projects, enriched by the differing skills of each member.
Thank you for your interest in my work.
Lorraine Finney Photography
I’m Lorraine Finney (LSINWP), an award winning Fine Art Landscape Photographer, based in Bournemouth, Dorset. I create wall art for your home and office, framed, aluminium or on canvas. I draw inspiration from my Dorset seaside home, solitude and nature; whatever and whoever I encounter on my travels at home or abroad. When my children flew the nest, I was encouraged to follow my heart by studying at the Institute of Photography. Now graduated, I’m pursuing a fine art photography career. This led to becoming a member of the SINWP, gaining my Licentiateship and I am now planning on my Associate this year. I set up my website on International Womens Day 2018 to showcase my work to a wider audience and to further my development. It has been a challenging and fascinating journey as I have developed my skills and my personal style. The support and encouragement of fellow professionals has been invaluable as have the friendships made whilst on workshops or at the SWPP annual convention. Achieving three hangings in this years gallery alongside so many talented photographers was confirmation for me that I am on the right track. Fulfilling the dreams I had as a mother and homemaker has been so rewarding but now it is my time to shine and follow my passion in photography. I love simplifying compositions to highlight the beauty within nature that is so often overlooked, as we carry on with our daily lives. Photography for me is about a connection. Whether it is with people, the landscape, or a calling from the sea. It’s being in the moment and capturing that magical image. In the last six months I have been preparing for my maiden, solo exhibition which I have thoroughly enjoyed the process, and all the elements involved in preparing for my dream, including advertising, marketing, printing, framing, networking and making new contacts. My background in marketing and printing has proved really useful, however social media has been a challenge but rewarding. Unfortunately my exhibition has been postponed due to the Coronavirus so I now have the time to explore my photography further. Check out pages 132-133 for my story in the Dorset Living Magazine.
Valerie Dalling – Shifting Perspective
“My business is to paint what I see not what I know is there”
As a Peak District based photographer there is nothing more enjoyable for me than to explore my local surroundings, drawing inspiration from the light, colour, shape and texture of the beautiful Derbyshire landscape. While keeping an open mind on interpretation remains key, the list of inspirational artists behind my abstracts and more representational photography is endless, from Turner, Rothko and Hepworth, to Hopper, Godwin and Blakemore for example, but it’s the landscape itself which will always remain my biggest influence.
Moving to the heart of the Peak District in 2016 has brought new and exciting challenges for me through local projects, including Journeys Through The Landscape, in which I explore the views, rivers, people and history within the area. However, by also looking beyond my local surroundings, both in the UK and overseas, it’s not only broadening my horizons, but it’s beginning to open up new doors in terms of my creative practise.
When I’m not in my studio experimenting on the computer (or more recently with the paintbrush), I’m either out making work for myself, very often with nothing more than my phone, or I’m enjoying the opportunity of encouraging the community to do the same, by looking a little deeper into the landscape, with a particular interest in how they also visually respond to the world around them.
As a result, in 2008, I founded The Image Club, which provides non-competitive group forums for discussions on image making, through the sharing of ideas and knowledge, in relaxed and informal environments. Currently I’m working on projects with both Derby and Sheffield Hospitals including co-facilitating two such groups for members of NHS staff, providing them with numerous opportunities and social activities to relax and enjoy photography together, while fully supporting wellbeing in the workplace and beyond.
I offer coaching, talks, exhibitions, commissions, visual workshops, walks with the camera, collaborative and community focused projects, as well as my own range of bespoke limited-edition prints and greetings cards. For more information, I invite you to visit my website.
Carys Jones Photography – More Than Just Horsing Around
I’m a UK-based equine fine art photographer lucky enough to combine my twin passions of horses and photography. Increasingly working with horses in their native environments, travel to some beautiful locations is an obvious bonus. Recent quests have taken me to Iceland, the Outer Hebrides, the Camargue, Austria and the Netherlands, with some U.K locations in my sights for 2020.
I am never happier than when I’m outdoors with my camera and equine companions, with the physical and mental space to indulge my creativity. Having a subject matter to specialise in has helped me develop my style and also given me confidence to experiment. Increasingly I am exploring a more inventive approach, using slow shutter speeds and very slight camera movements, with the aim of creating images more akin to sketches than photographs. Shooting through different filters and glass has also created some intriguing results and I’m always looking for new ways of interpreting what I see through the lens.
Whilst the process of creating an image gives me a great sense of achievement, ultimately there is nothing more satisfying than to see my work in print and enjoyed by others. To this end, I sell limited edition prints through my website and art fairs including www.contemporaryartfairs.co.uk, and have some work licenced.
To see more of Carys’s work please visit www.carysjonesphotography.co.uk
Sue Trower Photography
I live in Jersey, part of the Channel Islands which nestle in the Bay of St Malo, not far
from the French coast.
Whilst I always enjoyed taking family snaps, it was not until the first digital cameras
were produced did the photography bug really bite. What freedom to be able to shoot
and produce my own photographs. I signed up to as many workshops as I could
afford, they were not as numerous as they are now, and I learnt as much as I could.
In fact, I never stop learning and being inspired by the amazing photographers and
artists I come across.
I find it helps to have a goal to focus on and I started the Royal Photographic
Society’s distinctions path, gaining my Fellowship in 2017. This was a very special
personal achievement, one which 12 years ago was nothing but a pipe dream. This
distinction has given me the confidence to try and experiment and to trust my vision.
Whilst I do travel a lot, the majority of my photography is done on the island and
seascapes are my passion. The challenge is to find a viewpoint or technique which
can set my image apart from others and which I have not done before. The ever
changing seasonal weather and different coastlines provide opportunity and plenty of
scope whether it is of the sea or a more intimate coastal landscape. And then
there’s the big wide world to tackle, the most interesting so far being Greenland and
Iceland where I am still drawn to the sea and all the beauty it has to offer.
I love seeing my images in print and sell privately through my website.
Sarah Howard Photography
I am a UK professional landscape photographer based in the Cotswolds with two passions in life; travel and photography. Fortunately the two combine well and I am at my happiest whilst exploring the great outdoors with my camera.
My initial interest in photography came about via my father, himself an accomplished amateur photographer, who gave me my first camera. Inspired, and subsequently mentored, by the renowned UK landscape photographer Charlie Waite, I was encouraged to develop my photography further and so it is to him I owe much gratitude for supporting me and helping me find my path in life.
In my photography I like to remain faithful to the landscape, and getting it right in camera is very important to me. If someone were to ask me what my favourite subject matter was, I’d have to say, I have a soft spot for trees, barns and beautifully positioned churches.
In 2010 I set up ‘Image Seen’ which offers a variety of landscape photography workshops throughout the UK and overseas. I also offer tailored one to one tuition in the Cotswolds where I am based. I absolutely love sharing my knowledge and showing people around beautiful places that inspire them.
I give regular presentations to camera clubs and also enjoy writing articles for various photography magazines. Currently, I am working on my second book; ‘Photographing the Cotswolds’; part of the FotoVue guidebook series.
As a creative tool the camera has allowed me to express my love of the landscape. Photography has opened my eyes allowing me to really ‘see’ what is around me and through it, I have found my vision has become more fine-tuned. With a greater appreciation of the landscape I feel I have also developed a greater connection.
Gill Prince Photography
I’m a freelance photographer based in Buckinghamshire, focusing primarily on landscape, urban and travel photography. In addition to my commercial work in Milton Keynes and London, I also sell framed prints through Bosham Gallery on the south coast, and stock photography through the popular image library Alamy.
My main area of interest is travel photography, and this encompasses both traditional landscapes and also more urban landscapes – with a particular passion for stitched panoramas, especially of urban skylines. More recently, I have also developed an interest in street photography, and in using creative techniques such as ICM and multiple exposure – but these are more personal projects at this stage.
In 2017 I published a book called ‘Unexpected:MK’ as part of Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday celebrations, which was sponsored by local businesses and included 50 images of the city as it was then – to show what had been achieved. This was well received, and led to me being interviewed on BBC Breakfast on the morning of the 50th birthday itself, amongst various other regional TV and radio channels. Definitely my ’15 minutes of fame’ so far!
In addition to my photography work, I also write articles for my own website and other photography websites, as well as running 1-2-1 and small group photography tuition sessions – from ‘off auto’ upwards, and also including Lightroom training. I am planning to expand this activity during 2020 and beyond, to include small group workshops in various locations around the UK and hopefully further afield as well.
To see more of Gill’s work, please visit www.gillprince.com or to find out about her photography tuition services, go to www.gillprince.com/photography-tuition. Unexpected:MK is currently sold out, but you can learn more about the project and the story behind it at www.gillprince.com/unexpected-mk.
Gill Moon Photography and Workshops
I am a landscape photographer living and working in Suffolk. I love the sea and all things nautical and am drawn to the coastal fringes which inspire much of my work. I am an experienced yachting photographer covering many sailing events on the East Coast but my passion is really for the natural environment and all the wonders it has to offer. I love exploring the coastline of Suffolk and enjoy creating images that shy away from the traditional local landmarks. Working in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means that I have a wealth of wonderful locations on my doorstep. Recently I have been drawn to the woodlands and heaths and am enjoying discovering some of the more intimate landscapes that this area has to offer. I am passionate about the local environment and the wildlife that lives here and am keen to share my knowledge with others. I have written and published a guide to ‘Photographing the Suffolk Coast’ which I hope will inspire others to explore the often overlooked landscapes of Suffolk. To accompany my book I run small group workshops and 1-2-1 sessions which cover some of my favourite parts of the county. I am also developing a series of monthly free photo walks which are all about observation, learning to ‘see’ the environment and having a bit of fun with creativity. The initial sessions have proved good fun and a great way to meet and chat with other photographers. I am currently working on a project entitled ‘the Enchanted Forest’ which explores the magical Suffolk woodland of Staverton Thicks.
Photographing the Suffolk Coast Book available at www.gillmoon.com/suffolk-coast-book
Beata Moore – Judging ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Competition
I was very pleased to receive recently an invitation to join the judging panel for the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year. I am truly honoured and excited. To assess the LPOTY 2020 competitions’ thousands of images will be a difficult yet thrilling task and I am very much looking forward to it. Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2006 by Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers. Currently, this well-known and established competition attracts thousands of entries. As LPOTY is such an esteemed event, I would recommend any photographer to enter as it can give your career a major boost. For those who are hesitant and would like some general information as well as to understand what I look for in an image when judging, here are some tips. Firstly, always follow the rules and make sure you understand the competition and categories/themes. Obviously, images should be technically sound, but more importantly, they should be creative and memorable. Images that stand out from the crowd resonate with judges, so choose unique entries, entries that tell a story, images with a clear concept and perfect composition. Remember that photography is all about light, shape, shadow, contrast and pattern. Do not be afraid to use unusual perspectives or angles and remember to eliminate unimportant and distracting details. Most importantly, follow your instinct and enjoy every step of the process, as your passion is what will show mostly in your photograph
Beata Moore website: http://beatamoore.co.uk/
Linda Wevill ‘Creative Photography’
I like a challenge and after the euphoria of gaining my Fellowship of the RPS, I was looking for a new project. Luckily, the bad weather on a photographic trip ended up giving me the inspiration for my first book. I was on the Isle of Skye with some photography friends. It had been raining heavily all day and after a trip to some waterfalls, where we were soaked through to the skin, we spent the rest of the day in a local bar chatting. We got on to the subject of writing books and how to go about publishing. It seemed to be just the challenge I needed and I decided there and then to write my book. I had already given presentations, with notes, to my local camera clubs and the RPS Visual Art Group where I demonstrated creative Photoshop techniques. These notes then formed the basis for the Photoshop section of my book. I then set about researching the in-camera techniques. I had already used long exposures for seascapes and intentional camera movement (ICM) so I was extending my knowledge and experimenting further. I took images to demonstrate the different techniques to go with the text I had written.
I decided to publish with Matador, part of Troubador Publishing, as they produce high quality books and deal with all aspects of publishing, including organizing ISBN numbers, marketing if required and so on. I wanted to keep my book reasonably priced so went for a soft cover but I also wanted the photographs to look good so chose a good quality paper inside. I have always been happy to share my photographic experience with those wanting to learn and pursue more creative ideas and the aim of my book is to encourage the photographer to experiment and to come up with their own creative style.
To see more of Linda’s work or if you would like to buy a copy of her book, please see her website: www.lindawevillphotography.com or go to Troubador’s link below: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/media-the-arts/creative-photography/
Susan Rowe – “A Different Point of View”
I’m a landscape photographer from County Durham and love to visit the coast. However, I am disabled, suffering from severe osteoarthritis in most of my joints. I’m usually in the wheelchair, pushed by my husband who sets up the tripod for me and attaches the filters. I struggle to operate the controls on the camera and even changing lenses is awkward. Hand held shots can be very hit and miss as I can’t always keep the camera steady. Also, I can’t stand for more than a couple of minutes, cannot bend down and need a location fairly flat and easily accessible.
I have a Nikon D3200 as it’s fairly lightweight and simple to use having upgraded from my original D60, bought in 2008. A few years ago, I joined the Royal Photographic Society and Disabled Photographers Society and achieved a “Licentiateship” with both.
I’m currently working on a project called “A Different Point of View” based on locations along the coast of North East England where I can sit in the wheelchair or on a convenient seat taking images. I sometimes use multiple exposures, like to experiment with different shutter speeds and particularly enjoy close ups of the waves. However, it can often be frustrating when I can’t move around or walk down onto the beach anymore. I’ve recently bought a second hand 55-300mm Nikkor lens to try and overcome some of these restrictions. The images shown have all been taken in 2019.
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 (email@example.com) 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”.
CHERYL HAMER – WORKSHOPS & TOURS IN THE UK AND WORLDWIDE
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.