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John Finney

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John Finney

John Finney

Self-taught semi-professional landscape photographer, specializing in Landscape fine art.

Michéla Griffith

Michéla Griffith

My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Website

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John Finney creates atmospheric landscape images – misty mornings, trees and villages lost in the fog, valleys and hillsides draped in cloud and punctuated by piercing light - frequently dynamic views in which weather is a major element. Over time these have become increasingly dynamic and he has now made two trips to the USA to chase tornadoes. The little he has so far shared about himself online is mostly about his love of bicycles and his racing experience, so we thought we’d try to coax him to talk a little more about all things photographic.

Convective Power

Convective Power

Can you give us a little background on what your early interests were, what you studied and where this led?

As a kid I was always outdoors - a sense of adventure and love for being in the countryside started early in my childhood when touring the countryside in my dad’s old VW campervan - and having the Pennines on my doorstep meant it wasn’t long before I started cycling into the Peak District.

As I grew up the cycling kind of took over my life; by 19, I was racing for three different cycling clubs in different disciplines of the sport, but it was the mountain biking that I loved the most. I raced cross country and downhill mountain bikes for 14 years and then concentrated on just racing downhill for another 6 years before I ‘found’ photography. Although when young I didn’t have anything to do with photography, I did do quite well at art at school, hence taking up photography in my late thirties re-kindled my dormant creative side. I have done a wide variety of different jobs since leaving school, from plumbing to coach building, picking up quite a lot of different skills but nothing to do with photography. I am currently working in the Aerospace industry which I now also do commissioned photography work for.

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  • Adam Pierzchala

    Wonderful images John and I am impressed that you succeed in capturing such a wide range of moods, from serene English mist to the wild and dramatic US storms. Well done!

  • Richard Fox

    Thanks John for the mention – I have to say you inspire me a lot – I hope to achieve what you have in the future :)

    • Thanks Richard, I just enjoy getting out with my camera; I don’t know what all the fuss is about : )

      • Richard Fox

        Very true LOL

  • Scott Rae

    As someone who works in the meteorological business, I’m a long time admirer of your work John – it’s spectacular! It’s also great to see the journey that someone I follow on Flickr has taken, rather than just seeing the output!

    I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with my work, and I’d be interested to hear more about your journey as it sounds like the kind of journey I’m on. I’m particularly interested in yours (and other contributors) relationship with Flickr actually!

    • Thanks Scott! It is nice that I people are following me, I hope I send out positive waves and lots of inspiration! Cheers.

  • Mark LJ

    Some beautiful images and an interesting read. Nice to see a mention of my old mate Scott Robertson. His Buachaille image is rather special.

    • Thanks Mark! Very kind words : ) Yes I agree; Scott’s Buachaille image is more than outstanding! Cheers.

  • giantsquid

    ‘About time’ is all I can say! John’s work is a constant inspiration, always breathtaking and beautiful.

    • Thank you! It is so nice to know that people appreciate my photography after all the travelling and early mornings, cheers :)

  • A pleasure indeed to gaze at your photographs. They show a deep sense of both a ‘connection to’ and a ‘fascination with’ the landscape and weather… very immersive and visceral. Bravo!

    • Thank you, your comment is very accurate on how I try to put my experiences across with my photography work; because the natural world certainly fascinates me but at the same time i do feel a connection to how it all works.

  • A great account of one of my favourite photographers. Keep up the good work John!

    • Cheers Robert, I could say the same about your work, always a pleasure to see your stuff, thanks!

  • Superb work. What an eye you have for weather John! You have my deep admiration for that shot of Cave Dale – it is a tough one to get early light into the valley for starters and then that mist caught before it has burnt away, well done.

    • Thank you Fran, Yes the Cave Dale is a memorable shoot; I can remember climbing up Cave Dale in the fog whilst it was still dark that morning. I got frightened out of my skin by a rouge sheep than ran right into me as neither of us could see anything!
      You have some stunning work – especially like your ‘Deep midwinter, High Cup Gill’ shot. Cheers.

      • Thanks, we obviously both have a thing for difficult to photograph dales! Yes beware the sheep – I have had far too many run ins with indecisive sheep in steep places. However, it was a red grouse that nearly finished me off on Stanage Edge. I was so startled I nearly fell off it. :D

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