I've always been drawn to the countryside. From my earliest days I've been happiest amongst trees and rivers. My first holidays in the English Lake District opened my eyes to nature's dramatic grandeur, it's beauty and serenity. The spectacular grabbed my attention, but something else kept it. Wandering the fells and valleys was more than a search for the next 'view' - it generated more profound feelings of peace, adventure and connection. The landscape had become my happy place.
Northumberland has more than its fair share of the spectacular. The coast and castles, the Wall, forests, valleys and waterfalls... All of these yield a well known selection of images, testament to a world-class landscape founded largely on the back of the Whin Sill.
Living in rural Northumberland, however, has emphasised another focus. The county's quiet everyday beauty. 2020 has undoubtedly changed most people's perspective. We've become more aware of the landscape at our own doorstep. I'm fortunate to have a lovely doorstep - quiet lanes, gentle hills, pastoral fields, woods and streams. Living in a community defined by these landscapes reinforced the significance of the quiet, everyday beauty that I experience.
As a landscape photographer, my focus is increasingly drawn to the mid-range. The space between the macro and the micro. Between the mountain range and the flower head. The simple, everyday beauty of sunrise on a country lane, or the magic of livestock emerging from the mist. My work aims to convey this beauty and the sense of enduring calm that this landscape evokes for me.
Thanks for visiting my site, I hope you enjoy these images, and that they provoke some sense of what they mean to me - even that they might resonate with your own sense of the landscape.
Photography is a constant process of learning - trying to become better. If you're interested in this process, please pop along to Instagram to see what I'm up to.