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I talked about the 'cliché' in my last editorial and it's a subject that is undoubtedly going to be talked about over and over. In this issue I spend a bit of time trying to work out what a cliché means to me and whether they are inherently bad things. In the process of writing this I learned quite a few things myself, the main one being that if you are truly trying to create something for yourself that means something to you then it doesn't matter what it is you photograph.
I've also experienced the joy that people have standing in a wonderful place, watching the sunset over a sublime landscape. (in my case I was with my father taking this photograph after being asked to 'stop mucking around with trees and stuff and show me a proper landscape).
And the fact is that it is exhilarating - it all the addictive qualities of gambling (the rush of the win, the disappointment of the bank of cloud on the horizon) and I think this is what brings people back again and again.
For me, I don't see a reason to exclude either experience from my life. I enjoy using cameras and I enjoy being in places like those shown above and see no reason to deny myself the experience. I also enjoy trying to create something that is more about me and the subject and will continue to develop that area of my photography.
At the end of the day, self awareness is all that matters..
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The work in the book are quite subtly sequenced and I'm sure each reader will interpret them differently but perhaps with a common theme. For me there is a sense of the progression of the photographer here as well as the sense of the woods themselves. more
We all need that echo of familiarity to help us have the confidence to make a body of work. We want to emulate the impact that these images had on us, and this can be as restricting as it can be liberating. more
In this instalment of the Lightroom videos we'll be looking at Lens Corrections module. This corrects chromatic aberration, vignetting, distortion and perspective correction. more
Just before Autumn, Mark Littlejohn and I went for a couple of days wandering on Holme Fell and approaching Grange Fell. We thought we'd write a little about our morning scouting on Grange Fell and show a couple of images made whilst planning a longer journey sometime in the future. more
The MOORSVIEW Exhibition is at the Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton from 14th November and running until 19th December. The exhibition features work by renowned local photographers Lizzie Shepherd, Dave Mead, Karl Holtby, John Potter, Richard and Janet Burdon, & John Clifton. more
This issue the 4x4 portfolios are from Matthew Bender, Roger Voller, Scott Rae & Yoav Friedlander. more
I can think of many images I love and many photographers I admire, however the more I think the more my mind keeps returning to two names. more
The national parks have a rich history of photography and in fact the first national parks owe a great debt to early landscape photographers for their very existence. more
Entries are now open for the annual Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition more
I still consider myself relatively new to photography, and I think it takes time to find your own way and a way of presenting your vision that shows who you are. more