Start, stop, and go full circle?

August 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Photography and the creation of visual media has interested me even from a young age.  I think it started on a family holiday to Blackpool in the mid 1970s with a Kodak Instamatic and the postal development services of TruPrint.  It continued with a Christmas present a few years later of a Polaroid Instamatic.  However the prohibative cost of the Polaroid film saw the camera assigned to the back of the wardrobe and photography went with it.

20 years later the chance observation of one image in a magazine re-ignited my desire to once again create images.  The image in question was 'Contours in Blue' by English landscape photographer Joe Cornish http://www.joecornishgallery.co.uk/gallery/item/contours-in-blue.  His first book publication 'First Light' profoundly shaped the type of images I wanted to create myself.  Every failure on my behalf only served to make me appreciate the brilliance of Joe's work even more.  I was lucky to be able to spend a day creating images with Joe in 2005 and this will remain one of my life's outstanding moments.  It is said that 'you should never meet your heroes' - I am so happy I got the chance.  Perhaps it is therefore understandable that my appreciation of, and immersion in Joe's artistry lead me to wear the badge of 'landscape photographer''.  This saw me fall into the trap of travelling far and wide to the 'honeypot' locations attempting to capture my versions of popular scenes.  Call it 'maturity' or 'developing my own style' but I became increasingly unsatisfied, unfulfilled perhaps, with this and wanted to travel a different path.

This made me consider what kind of images I wish to create and in an almost epiphanic moment I looked at the original inspiration 'Contours in Blue' and realised that this was not what many would interpret as 'landscape' photography - perhaps it would be better described as 'of the landscape'.  During this extended period of introspection I have grown to admire the work of David Ward and his abstract, intimate landscape images.  David's work has already started to shape my own vision and will undoubted continue to do so as I discover and develop my own style.

So for the moment I aspire to be an  'of the landscape photographer'.


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