I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs from as far back as I can remember. My father was a devotee too, often quietly engrossed in a corner of the attic developing black & white images. He did well - happily succeeding in a few competitions along the way. Even today his prints remain as fresh as the day they were made.
But times have passed, and changed. New odysseys have begun and nowadays digital cameras take centre stage. Their evolution has been overwhelming and irresistible.
Surely this must be a golden age for photographers. Easing through the spellbinding ocean that is digital photography I can only say that I find the whole thing ridiculously compelling. It fits perfectly with my lifelong passion for the natural world and, of course, with the maturity of software such as Adobe Photoshop, digital imaging has become so much more interactive - a fantastic fusion of art and technology. I often wish it had all started years ago!
For me a camera is such a fantastic way of looking at the natural world. Seeking pictures encourages me to look deeper, seeing things I might otherwise have missed. I feel a successful photograph transports the viewer into the scene, evoking sentiments that arose at the time of its taking. Through sharing my images I hope to be able to reveal corners of our amazing world the way they seem to me.
But yet, despite all that - and despite all the amazing pixel technology - the more pictures I take, the more I realise that the perfect picture will always remain somewhere in the distance, just past the edge - out there, beyond the unreachable peak. It's an addictive challenge and knowing there’s always a better picture out there, still waiting to be found, keeps me returning to the landscape time after time.
Back on the ground I am happiest under a big sky - preferably somewhere near water and without too many fences. But even when that isn’t possible; even if I'm just messing about close by - there’s always something to take a picture of, somewhere. Everyone looks at the world in their own way - but we need never look far.
All the best