My goal is to create simple, structured and contemplative images of the landscape. I seek to photograph places that mean something to me; building a connection with a location can take multiple trips.
The images of mine that have stood the test of time are those with many pictures within the picture. And they are those that show a sense of what it feels like to be present. On first glance, they appear simple. But on closer inspection, more than what initially meets the eye is revealed.
I was extremely fortunate to grow up on the edge of the White Peak area of the Peak District. As a result, the British countryside has been very dear to me since a young age.
While completing my GCSE Art, I studied Black & White photography. It gave me the photography bug, and I worked hard to buy my first SLR camera. I used to sneak into the school darkroom to process my film and make some prints.
I moved to the south east of England for university and have been living here ever since. My life changed in 2008 when I lost my first wife to cancer and then sold my first business in the space of a few months (the latter was planned!).
Photography became an outlet for the pain and emptiness I felt. But I came to realise that getting out into the landscape helped me to put things into perspective; being able to bring the memories back was just a bonus.
I have chosen to work predominantly with large format film because of its inherent limitations. It’s a format that requires discipline and strong intention when I am making images. The format’s limitations also help to guide me in shaping the final image – there are choices I make in the field which cannot be ‘fixed’ in post-production.
My camera is a Chamonix 045N-2 field camera. It is a modern interpretation of an age-old design, manufactured in Teak and stainless steel. It has no electronics, and the knobs on the back and side are for focusing. At 1.5kg, it is extremely
I use a range of film stocks, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of film. Most of my images are on one of three film types; Fujifilm Velvia 100, Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Ektar 100. There’s something magical about viewing
I do still shoot digitally too, but in the interests of saving my
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