Born in the early 1950s and brought up in Somerset, my parents loved walking, especially on Exmoor, the Quantocks and Dorset Coast, and this gave me an appreciation of the countryside. Many holidays were spent camping in the Lake District and, although I’ve been visiting the Lakes for more than fifty five years, I still look forward to going there whether for the day, weekend or for longer holidays. Now, instead of walking somewhere, I am looking for photographic opportunities.
Having lived in County Durham for over thirty one years, I’m fascinated by the bleak landscapes of the North Pennines, the beauty of the Durham Dales and, in particular, the North East coast. I often return many times to favourite locations recording the different seasons.
Being a geographer, I’ve always had an affinity to hills, mountains and the coast, so, when it became impossible for me to walk any distance due to severe osteoarthritis, I took up landscape photography in 2008 but only started to develop this seriously in 2011. It may seem a strange choice when my mobility is restricted, however, it keeps me in touch with landscapes I enjoy and is a challenge to produce images that may be recognisable but, sometimes from a different perspective.
The inspiration to take up landscape photography came from the images I'd admired on greetings cards and calendars by Colin Prior and Joe Cornish, both internationally renowned photographers.
The information and knowledge I've gained from 1-2-1 courses, with Keith Fergus at Scottish Horizons, have given me the opportunity to try and achieve the images I'm aiming for; something that will convey my feelings about the views I've seen. I am constantly learning and seeking out new inspirations in the landscape, as well as developing techniques and skills.