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Interview with Iain Sarjeant

Iain Sarjeant discusses 'The Pool' (and other things...)

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Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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  • Stuuning work Iain and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’m a big fan of working locally and trying to concentrate on a subject and your work here gives added inspiration.

  • iainsarjeant

    Thank you for the kind words David, much appreciated.

  • Joe Cornish

    Iain, your series really gives meaning to the phrase, ‘less is more’! Brilliant. But having said that, I look forward to seeing more in the future!

  • Joe McCabe


    This collection is a lovely series of images. I too am drawn to images of local reflections (in my case, mostly reflections of locally based fishing boats). It’s nice to see more intimate reflections of natural subjects. Your images are inspirational – and that’s the highest praise I can give. Thanks!

    Cheers from Juneau, Alaska!

  • iainsarjeant

    Very much appreciate that Joe – yes, given the wider scale of some of the projects I’m working on, I enjoyed keeping this series as simple as possible. Many thanks again for the kind comments!

  • Such beautiful images Iain, and to think they were all made on a stretch of water a mere two metres across. Maybe I’m tuning into this because of my own interest in the ‘ordinary’ local environment, but I do seem to be detecting more landscape photographers taking an interest in what’s outside their door. It’s a good thing.

  • iainsarjeant

    Thank you Chirs & Joe M – appreciate that. Yes, I agree that more seem to be turning to their local patch, and that this is very positive. I think finding interest in the ordinary can help photographers reveal more about themselves and the way they see, rather than visiting well-known dramatic locations where it is hard not to be influenced by those before you. And of course it is cheaper and more accessible!

  • vxisme

    A very interesting and intuitive article.. a often overlooked part of photography, a series of shots from a concentrated area that are wonderfully done, certainly making us think more out the box regarding the big scape that I myself often favour, with this article firmly in mind.. I will now be looking for something to get to grips with.. many thanks Iain for the kick in this direction… :)
    Grand stuff indeed..
    And a superb website also you have.

  • A beautifully intimate and balanced set of photos. And like a few others here, it’s sparked off a train of though in my mind….

  • iainsarjeant

    Many thanks for the kind comments folks – and glad the series is maybe throwing up some ideas too.

  • I’ve just spent a nice hour going through the images on your website, what a fantastic collection you have there, very inspirational.

  • Beautiful images Iain that for me achieve a transscendent quality, they leave the simple depiction of the landscape behind and take me into a magical world of a calm contemplative and meditative state. Thank you!

    One question that seems unasked in the above, ” is the local important to you?” Do you have a greater connection because of its familiarity, or is it simple usefully accessible? It’s something I have been puzzling about in my own head recently and I wondered if your approach could help resolve some thoughts.

  • Enjoyed looking through your website Iain; particularly like the winter abstracts. All complemented by the simple presentation.

  • Fine work. Inspirational.

  • Doug Chinnery

    My word, Iain. These are just stunning and so inspirational. I love the toning too and the way you have kept it balanced across the series. This series would look wonderful in an exhibition

  • iainsarjeant

    Apologies for not responding sooner – I have been away. Many thanks all for your kind comments, much appreciated, it’s always good to get feedback on work, especially from photographers whose work I enjoy and admire very much.

    Rob – I am drawn to working in my local patch for a number of reasons. As you have said, from a purely logistical point of view it is easy, quick and cheap – these can’t be underestimated in terms of allowing you to get to know a place very well. I think it is possible to build a much stronger relationship with an area when you are immersed in it all the time, with and without a camera. You experience it in all different moods (me and the landscape!) and this affects how you interpret what you encounter. So I suppose it is the ‘usefully accessible’ that makes it possible to have that closer connection which is so important.
    Of course, all that said, for other work I quite enjoy the challenge of a completely opposite approach – immersing myself in a place I don’t know and haven’t been before, and see how I respond. Equally interesting, and both approaches I think end up revealing as much about the photographer as the place.

    Doug, thank you, I really appreciate the kind words. I do hope to exhibit the series some time after I’ve produced it in book form.

  • Iain – these are lovely and work so well as a series, though I particularly enjoyed no.8. When walking the dogs, I often see things that I feel have potential – but it’s quite another thing to translate that feeling into arresting images as you have done here. Good luck with the book, Lizzie

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