Inside this issue
Alex Farrow-Hamblen (21) is a self-taught amateur photographer, specialising in monochrome landscapes from Yarm-on-Tees, England. At twelve, I saw myself as a budding artist! Then, I got my first camera: a Kodak EasyShare M853. A digital screen and 8.3 MP, I was ‘over the moon’ on photoshoots in my back garden!
My interest in landscape photography
If I were to define my current style, I enjoy taking monochrome (B&W) landscapes. I feel as a landscape photographer colour can, at times, distract the eye. With B&W however, it can emphasise natural light, add depth, accentuate shadow and aids the perception of scale. With this, I feel B&W lends itself to Mountain scapes. The peaks, swirling clouds and mystique of the World’s most iconic summits, once stripped back in B&W, adds intrigue and mystery; something that can inspire us all. Being a lad from the North East England, one of my earliest inspirations was Joe Cornish and his wonderful portrayal of Roseberry Topping and the North Yorkshire Moors. To this day, I keep my JC calendar close and have shared many stories whilst abroad with fellow photographers about his work; isn’t it a small World?
Why I love photography and my future plans
Images inspire. I feel at a time where conversation is seen as a ‘dying art’, photography can communicate; able to engage individuals of all ages, sex, backgrounds and cultures. My mantra is if it catches your eye, makes you smile, think or identify with a particular place or person, you are on to a winner. Above all, just have some fun! I would love to continue my adventures in the Alps (that is if my University friends invite me back!) Having had my bridge camera for a year now, in the future I would love to invest in a DSLR, lenses and a tripod having borrowed a GoPro Tripod this Summer. The latter would help me on tricky terrain and would help eradicate the pitfall faced by young amateur photographers: the excited ‘shake’, especially in low light - keeping my shots sharp and reducing the dreaded wobble on my next adventure!
Each of these shots were taken high above the town of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps; on the lakeside of Lake Riffelsee, overlooking the Matterhorn and surrounding glaciers (Gornergletsher) - Summer, 2016.