I have been around photography and photographers for more than three decades. The last 12 years have been spent solely running landscape photography courses and workshops; the previous 20 were spent editing photojournalism on UK national newspapers.
A huge amount has changed in photography during that time. One aspect that hasn’t is my continuing appreciation of self-expressive photographs and all of the processes, both technical and particularly creative that go into producing them.
These days it’s the people who make successful photographs in the landscape who fascinate and this is why I enjoy bringing together small groups of photographers for a creative time on a workshop.
In combination with my tuition I have an enduring interest in trying to gain more understanding about the creative process photographers put themselves through when they are out in the landscape and also back home using imaging software.
I have taken the first step in starting a BookBlog of landscape photography books in the hope that my reviews will eventually build into a resource for landscape photographers who share my interest and value the contribution these books bring to the overall pleasure we get from our photography.
I have always believed that good photography has the ability to reveal something about the personality of a photographer, in addition to the subjects they choose to photograph, and this is why I feel spending time reviewing a body of work in a book or at an exhibition is more informative and inspiring than the single image.
In addition to the photobook reviews, there are two additional blogs on the website called “The Inner Game” and “In Search of a Wild Place” featuring articles that endeavour to explore further what it is that motivates us to head out into the landscape and make photographs that go beyond being images of record.