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Zero Footprint

2009-2014

Ted Leeming

Ted Leeming

Professional landscape photographer based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.



Morag Paterson

Professional landscape photographer based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.



The Zero Footprint project, explained in a nutshell, is a series of landscape photographs captured from one single location over a period of five years, and counting. The restriction is purely geographical – roughly one square metre of the patio outside our kitchen, we could use any camera and lens combination and had the entire (not insubstantial) vista as a palette. The one other stipulation was that each image should be aesthetically pleasing in it’s own right, as well as forming part of a coherent portfolio of work.

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Other photographers have explored ideas that constrain opportunities in one form or other, for various reasons. For us it was the experience of building our own low carbon house that inspired us to attempt a project from one fixed location, thereby minimising the footprint of the work, in a very literal as well as in the environmental sense of the phrase.
Other photographers have explored ideas that constrain opportunities in one form or other, for various reasons. For us it was the experience of building our own low carbon house that inspired us to attempt a project from one fixed location, thereby minimising the footprint of the work, in a very literal as well as in the environmental sense of the phrase.

While the outlook from the house itself is spectacular, we quickly found the view alone doesn’t easily lend itself to traditionally pleasing photographs, - even in what would normally be considered “good” light, partly due to a lack of foreground, the sheer distance to the horizon also resulting in a tendency towards flat images. Initial explorations and experiments with varying degrees of success led us to the conclusion that we would have to allow the weather and atmospheric conditions to inform compositions by shaping and framing the landscape, often using low cloud and - more frequently – the mists and fogs that form along the river valley and loch system.

Launch events

Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton 27th September from 2pm with a talk at 3pm
www.joecornishgallery.co.uk
Country Buildings, Wigtown Book Festival, Wigtown 28th September 4pm
www.wigtownbookfestival.com
Beyond Words, Edinburgh date tbc
www.beyondwords.co.uk

Email or phone for more information:
info@leemingpaterson.com or 01644 430 004



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