So, I thought I'd kick off this blog with a few thoughts on landscape photography and what it means to me.
There seem to be so many different things that draw people to landscape photography. For some it may simply be the pleasure of hanging beautiful pictures of the outdoors in their home to remind them of places they've visited or places they'd like to go to in the future.
For others its the technical side - how was it taken, what camera, how was the camera set up and what focal length did the photographer use etc.
For me, there is certainly a little of both of these in my love of landscape photography, particularly when looking at beautiful pictures in a book or online.
However, like many of the photographers I've met, landscape photography has a deep draw which can sometimes be hard to put into words.
I have a strong connection with the outdoors and I am lucky enough to live fairly close to some of the most beautiful locations in the UK. I have hiked, kayaked, cycled and mountain biked for as long as I can remember and the majority of my happiest memories involve the outdoors.
I also love being creative. I love art, but can't draw. I love poetry, but being mildly dyslexic I've always struggled with creative writing. I love music, but can't play anything well and I love story telling, but I'm not a very confident speaker.
But photography.................I can do that!
I genuinely believe that there is nothing in the world better than being at a beautiful location as the sun rises or sets, knowing that you are witnessing something special and unique. Of course, there are always other sun rises and sun sets, but like fingerprints, each sunrise and sunset is unique and different.
Photography has also helped me keep fit. It takes a lot of stamina to get up a mountain and I have definitely seen an improvement in my overall health and fitness since I started going higher for my shots.
I also can't talk about why I love landscape photography without mentioning the peace and quiet you find in some of the locations I shoot, as well as the general sense of calm and well being that this nurtures. Time to think, time to ponder, time to just sit and enjoy being out in nature.......can't beat it!
Through photography I have made lifelong friends, improved my fitness and general health, found the excuse I sometimes needed to get out the house and go for a walk, discovered beautiful places I may otherwise have missed and found a creative outlet which allows me to get outside and share my experiences of the outdoors with anyone who want's to listen.
I love the outdoors and it is always my hope that this passion for the landscapes that I encounter comes across in my work.
I'm really looking forward to sharing the stories behind my images and I do hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!