I love finding beauty in what I see around me every day, both in the natural world and also man-made landscapes. The idea of capturing the calm of a traditional English countryside scene or the grandeur of a mountain landscape is irresistible.
What really inspires me is simplicity and elegance; reducing an image to its key elements. Using Black & White is part of that process but it is also about composition, describing shapes and forms in order to to produce an outstanding photograph.
The photographs is this collection were taken on folding cameras dating back to the 1920s, made by Voigtlander, Ziess Ikon and Coronet, and a slightly more modern Bronica SQ. I use traditional film from Ilford. I love the elegance and timeless quality that is achievable. Even in the digital age it is remarkable the quality and level of detail cameras well over half a century old can produce.
I produce prints using a large format printer with archival inks and either archival photo paper or traditional artist’s watercolour paper. I carry out all my own developing and printing. I feel it is important to be in control of the whole process, from capturing the image to producing the final print.
With each picture, my aim is to produce an individual work of art, something of value that will last, something unique in a modern age of mass production. Something to be proud of.