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The Royal Landscape Photographer

The Duchess of Cambridge

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

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

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The Duchess of Cambridge, or "Creative Kate" as the Daily Mail have patronisingly called her, turns out to be a landscape photographer and has been posting her pictures on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website. Now the pictures may not be world class quality but they're pretty good for an amateur. What is a bit rich is the comments that have come from some of the press revealing certain attitudes to landscape photography.

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  • Jason Theaker

    Oh no, some very poor critiques, especially the people and scale rubbish! Some people really show themselves up by making such naive narrow minded comments! It’s sad really, that some people believe them. Anyway, having such a famous advocate for the landscape photography is surely a good thing. Oh by the way, the Gursky needed something to give it scale (o:

  • jeknepley

    I believe that Gursky, as captured, included pedestrians as well as buildings which were Photoshopped out. So your “altered” is really an “altered-altered”. ;-)

  • John Buckley

    Sounds like the Duchess may enjoy a complimentaty membership to spur her on! do you have a Royal patron yet?

  • Sam Jones

    Great wee piece, Tim. Typifies the British attitude to landscape photography and the narrow mindedness and lack of ambition of our wonderful media. Love the Gursky but I do feel that it would be enhanced with a shaggy dog.

    • Robin Sinton

      I showed the Gursky to a friend of mine who is an artist. His comment was that it could do with a tree or two. I told him that for $4.3m I would Photoshop a whole forest in to it, wherever he wanted them.

  • Richard Childs

    It seems to me that there is just more and more b**^@”$s spouted by so called critics on a day to day basis. They aren’t great photographs but they may yet prove to be a financial hit for the author once the media get their teeth in. I would love to see some sort of art work created by a critic to back up their own artistic credentials but very few, I fear, would know where to start with a camera/paintbrush/hammer and chisel etc. At least the Duchess is having a go and, perhaps with some guidance, will improve given time. She is certainly set to visit many amazing places in the coming years.

  • spodzone

    It’s taken me a while to spot the good bits, but: she likes trees and light and black&white. There’s worse mentalities out there.

  • Jeremy Moore

    The worrying thing is they probably criticise serious landscape photographers using the same criteria……still, at least he’s heard of Ansel adams!

  • James Mills

    Your Banksy take on Gursky made me smile.
    As for the journos, cheap shots at an easy target.

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