Chain reaction

Standing on the shoulders of giants, a well known sayin passed down the centuries and to help explify what the scope is about this blog.

The world is a beautiful place full of wonder and charisma. Artisits have for a long time contemplated and expressed their thoughts through their artwork. The first motions of art were primitive and today they can be deep, complex and bewildering with the boundaries ever expanding. Everyone is influenced consciously and sub-consciously from experiences and rhythms. This process can go deeper and reflective with the artist. They can work out what they like, dislike and new ideas to develop from what they have seen, herd or felt in art but also in life experiences as well. So in other words the artist can like another artist's work and then put a little (not all) of that idea into their own work, most often in a subtle way as we are surrounded by multiple influences, some weak and others strong and clear. On that note, another famous saying- good artists copy, great artists steal is the same process but a well managed one. Just blatently copying someone else's work will not warrent any merit in the long term, finding a voice is the true path.

Without the inspiration from other artists my work wouldn't be like it is today. I say artists as that is how I like to think I harbour my influences. 

I have a few influencial favourite 'artists' that I can connect with listed below in no particular order. I have met some briefly and a few others I would regard as a friend. I follow them on social media and collect their work in photography books and fine art prints.

 

Charlie Waite

Charlie a dear gentleman holds a wealth of landscape photography experience learning his craft well before the digital age and is appreciated the world over. I can't remember the first time I saw his pictures probably with a less attentive eye. It wasn't until I saw his exhibition for the second time at a local gallery that I had one of those epiphanic moments where his calm spiritual message transcended to me. The more I look at his pictures the more I am absorbed in a higher level of tranquility. Furthermore, with his extremely well executed prints in my viewing experience it reminds that regardless of mainstream photography becoming ubiquitous, a great landscape photograph doesn't happen very often, but when it does it's rather sacred and special. As he is also a residence of southern England and photographs the area intimately I have learnt the south can and will offer excellent design elements.

 

Valda Bailey 

I first saw Valda's work of Flickr and noticed quickly she had a strong artistic expression with her intentional camera movement and multiple exposure methods. Myself, having a background in painting before landscape photography I like the idea of breaking the boundaries of conventional landscape photography for a deeper personal and more fluid expression. The technical side is just a means to an end. The pictures I first saw of Valda's on Flickr were some images of poppy fields in Sussex. I found these pictures much more engaging than the conventional pictures of Sussex poppy fields. Her talents have made me aware that frequent and tight conventions in landscape photography can quickly read a short lived engagement. After meeting up on one of her first tuitions she now leads workshops with the well established Light and Land tours. 

 

Doug Chinnery

Like Valda, another expressive photographer and hugely talented. Doug is a well experienced full time photographer and is a very good teacher, I admire his capability of teaching and also creating a very stunning and personal body of work at the same time. One of his mottos is 'there are no photography police' or in other words there are no rules when creating pictures. Rules once mastered can be broken, manipulated and then personal expressions can be focused found. I find his work is very 'painterly' and more focus on mood rather than the rigid mainstream rules of front to back sharpness and wide angle nonsense. When I met up with him at his workshop, I took the opportunity to photograph the Peak District, particularly woodland scenes and have now included this in my portfolio.

 

Fay Godwin

When I first came across Fay Godwin, I was intruiged of her development in a generation before the close connection of social media and the process of digital technology. Her moody black and white pictures are striking with a natural eye for composition. I find it romantically appealing that without the distraction of social and absence of digital technology there was more time to lose one self in the great outdoors to connect and develop a relationship with the landscape and the drama that shapes it. 

 

Joe Cornish

Joe is well known in landscape photography world and rightly so. The first photography book I owned was First Light by Joe and is now regarded as a classic. The book introduced me to the manner of careful considerations needed to achieve a very good landscape photograph such as timing, light and composition. I also like his work ethos such as post process as much as needed but no more. 

 

Mark Littlejohn

I first noticed Mark's pictures on Flickr and his work just seems to get better and better and better building a good body of unique work in one of the most popular national parks....Lake District , which is a credit in its self. I find his naturally balanced compositions together with his carefully mastered split toning incredibly evocative, whilst capturing playful slivers of light. I like his independent work ethos of taking pictures of what you like, not what others may like and using techniques that works for him. That's where the magic can happen.

 

Peter Drombrovski  

I was first introduced to Peter's work in photography books via online video presented by Joe Cornish and Tim Parkin. I could tell Joe was a great admirer of the work Peter produced when going through the pictures that graced each page. I love absorbing into impeccable compositions that have a touch of personality as well as shot in beautiful locations. Obtaining one or two of Peter's sought after books would be treasured by any respectable landscape photographer. 

 

As I write this blog, I continue to come across new (to me) photographers that have found a voice in their art and passion. It's a never ending spiral of admirers and influences. This is just the beginning, there is no end. I have to give credit to the virtual network online of accelerating my awareness of great and talented photographers to follow and nurture from. Hopefully in turn I will influence others through the art in the landscape and the respect of the natural environment it dearly deserves. It's a chain reaction.