The conference will be held on 2nd - 4th November 2018 at the Rheged Centre in the edge of the Lake District, just above Ullswater.
Making photographs of the landscape is often, necessarily, a solitary pursuit. But that doesn’t mean we want to be hermits. What we want is the company of like-minded people. We want a place to view the photographs of others and, perhaps, somewhere to show our own work. We also want a place to find new ideas – both aesthetic and technical.
On Landscape provides the ‘virtual’ place where all of those things can happen, a place where the disparate community of landscape photographers can meet and exchange ideas. It’s the perfect environment in which to share our passion. But wonderful as the online magazine is you can’t beat meeting people face-to-face.
And so was born the deceptively simple idea to hold an On Landscape conference; A Meeting of Minds (MoM) Conference 2014 and our subsequent conference in 2016.
Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world's leading Landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Waite's photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world, and he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA.
With over 30 books to his name, Waite's distinctive images are recognised around the world and his work has received wide critical acclaim over many years. A recent article in the Royal West of England Academy of Art Magazine featuring Waite's work commented 'Waite's landscapes are rare perfections of light, colour, and composition, and offer the viewer a luxuriant portrait of a planet at peace.'
In 2000 Waite was awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers. He is also a sought after writer, public speaker and television presenter, and has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography. Read our interview with Charlie Waite or visit his website.
Sandra Bartocha is a professional photographer & editor from Germany, lover of light, forests, the sea ... good coffee and everything visual. She loves combining still and moving images with the specific aim of creating images that evoke an emotional response. Find out more on her website and read our Featured Photographer interview.
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Thomas Joshua Cooper is one of the most celebrated and distinctive landscape photographers working anywhere in the world today. He was born in California in 1946 but has lived in Scotland for many years. Cooper is the founding head of photography at Glasgow School of Art but spends much of his life seeking out the edges of the world. Like artists such as Richard Long, and Hamish Fulton, Cooper is a traveller, a nomadic artist whose extraordinary photographs are made in series at significant points around the globe, most often at its extremities.
Using an 1898 Agfa field camera and specially made photographic plates, Thomas Joshua Cooper creates extraordinary, meditative landscape photographs printed with selenium-toned silver gelatin. Each work begins as a location found on a map, which Cooper then exhaustively researches and tracks down. Composing only outdoors, he captures each site in a single exposure, stressing the “made” and “built” quality of each print over its documentary or snapshot elements. In his ongoing “Atlas Project” (1989-), Cooper charts the extremities of land in the Atlantic Basin, from South Africa and Scandinavia to the Arctic, Antarctica, and South America. Read our interview with Thomas Joshua Cooper.
Paul Hill's early career in the 60s and early 70s moved from newspaper reporter to photojournalist. In 1974 he moved to academia, first as Lecturer and as head of Creative Photography at Trent Polytechnic.
At this time he also set up the 'Photographer's Place', a residential photography workshop with a prestigious guest list - Martin Parr, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Blakemore, Brian Griffin, Raymond Moore, Fay Godwin, Lewis Baltz, Bill Jay, Hamish Fulton, Andy Earl, Aaron Siskind, Paul Caponigro, Jo Spence, and Cole Weston (note the strong landscape leaning).
His work is in the art collections of the likes of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford; Arts Council England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm and many more. A major influence on contemporary British photography, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and, four years later, was awarded an MBE by The Queen for services to photography. Between 1995 and 2010 he was a professor at De Montfort University, Leicester, and set up the MA in Photography course in 1996, which was of the first in Britain. Find out more on his website.
Theo Bosboom is a passionate photographer from the Netherlands, specialising in nature and landscapes. In 2013, he turned his back on a successful legal career to pursue his dream of being a full time professional photographer. He is regarded as a creative photographer with a strong eye for detail and composition and always trying to find fresh perspectives.
Theo's photographs are regularly published in magazines such as National Geographic (Dutch edition), GEO, Outdoor Photography and OnLandscape. Theo has won numerous awards and recognition in international photography competitions like Wildlife Photographer of the year, European wildlife photographer of the year and International Landscape Photographer of the year. Theo has published two photo books: Iceland pure (2012) and Dreams of wilderness (2015). Currently, he is working on a new photo book Shaped by the sea about the Atlantic coasts in Europe. Read our featured photographer interview with Theo or visit his website.
Paul was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1951. He graduated with a Fine Art degree from Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1975. In 1976 he started work in local government but photographed in his spare time.
In 1996 he gave up his job and began working full-time as a photographer, specialising in abstract still-life images. Since then he has held numerous solo exhibitions of his work, which is represented by the Beetles + Huxley gallery.
HIs book Seaworks 1998-2013 was published by Triplekite in 2014. He lives on the Northumberland coast with his wife Margaret. Find out more on his website and read our interview with Paul.
Nicholas J R White
Nicholas J R White is a commercial and fine art photographer based in the UK. His personal work examines our relationship with landscape and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces. In 2017, Nicholas was named as a winner in the Lens Culture Emerging Talent Awards and was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary in association with the Photographic Angle.
His debut monograph, Black Dots, exploring bothy culture across the UK was released in January 2017 by Another Place Press www.nicholasjrwhite.co.uk
In a career spanning thirty-five years, Colin Prior photographs capture sublime moments of light and land, which are the result of meticulous planning and preparation and often take years to achieve. Prior is a photographer who seeks out patterns in the landscape and the hidden links between reality and the imagination. He has produced seven books that include, The World’s Wild Places and Living Tribes, which were published internationally and is working on a long-term assignment in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains. His current project, Fragile is an exploration into the habitats of wild birds and their vulnerability to change. Colin was recently the subject of two BBC documentaries entitled Mountain Man. Find out more on his website.
Our hosts for this years event are Joe Cornish and Mark Littlejohn.
Essentially it is explaining a few of the techniques I use as a designer to overcome those creative lulls and applying them to photography. Naturally it won’t be comprehensive, but just a few tips which might help.
Karen Thurman - “How to Become a Superhero”
What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over. Photographers see things in nature that other people don’t, and that’s important because the key to falling in love with something is seeing it first. By helping others see what you do, you can easily become Mother Nature’s superhero. In this talk I’ll show you a few things you can easily do to help save the planet using your camera.
Caroline Fraser - “If Only I Had More Time”
On an artist residency in Switzerland and how it led to a hand made book production for charity with artist Nina Rodin.
Margaret Soroya - “Healing Art - the connection between nature, photography & healing”
Photography gives us the gift of being able to step momentarily into another world and to be totally absorbed within nature. Studies show experiences in or of nature are beneficial to health and well being. So the question is how far is landscape photography about the images and much is it about seeking time, space and solitude within the landscape.
Michel Lucas - “More than a rock?”
Landscape photographers are always on the lookout for visually interesting elements. We need them as main characters in our compositions or as foreground interest. Spectacular landscape images often use mountains and rocks. In Holland we have none of these. In my local Moorland I found an alternative in tufts of Moor grass. As a biologist I had to overcome an aversion against Moor grass, as it’s indicative of ecological disturbances. But once I got over that I discovered how photogenic Moor grass is, and the endless possibilities it offers the landscape photographer.
Michael Hirst - “How a project focuses the mind”
I am in the process of capturing every kilometre of the Lake District National Park. I will discuss the journey I took in arriving at this project. I will then look at how this project has given me a focus and determination like nothing before.
Julian Barkway - “Landscape as Muse”
Bois de Chènes, a small patch of woodland near Geneva. There would be a preamble about muses in general and then I’d launch into a summary of my ‘love affair’ with this beautiful place which has become a sort of ‘muse’ for me with, of course, a bunch of pictures.
Mark Littlejohn - “Phones and Snapseed”
A pressure free way to capture those little every day moments that put a smile on our faces.
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Weekend Ticket £250
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Day Ticket £130
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Attending the first On Landscape Conference was a bit of a revelation for me creatively - I had made many trips to locations like the Lakes and Scotland that are usually regarded as highly productive for photographers yet came away with nothing that I felt was remarkable. Jem Southam's talk about his concentrated and detailed studies of his local area helped me realise why my previous approach wasn't working for me. ~ Mike Curry
It takes tremendous organisation and commitment to put on a conference like OnLandscape 2016 (and the 2014 event) and I would like to say a hearty ‘Well done!’~ Richard Garlick
Thank you so much for all the work you have done with On Landscape. I was able to attend both days of the conference and had a wonderful time. I am left with my head full of ideas and inspiration and for want of a better expression the general positive vibes that come from being in contact with like minded individuals. ~ Paul Graber
Well done and many thanks for such a great conference. The varied speakers were all great and even if their work wasn’t to my taste they had something interesting to say. Bruce Percy, Charles Cramer, Simon Norfolk and Mark Littlejohn were my particular highlights. Funny, interesting, informative and stunning images. The logistics were great and the Rheged is a great venue ~ Ursula Lawrence
Just a quick note to thank you both for organising such an informative, rewarding and fantastic weekend. I had a really great time, as did everyone else I spoke to ~ Rod Bennington
One of the joys was the sheer variety of speakers, backgrounds and approaches - there was no danger at all of getting bored with a single view of landscape photography. A considerable contribution to that was the introduction of the Lightning Sessions - a great idea which enabled us to hear 18 rather than 8 speakers over the two days. ~ Paul Graber
The Rheged Centre is close to the geographical centre of the UK, and is easy to get to. It is just a couple of minutes drive from the M6 (J40) at Penrith in the Lake District, along the A66.
We will be holding a drinks reception on Friday 2nd November for all delegates. This will be held at The Rheged and will open at 6.30pm.
We’ve been working behind the scenes on the On Landscape Conference and are delighted to announce the 2nd On Landscape Conference Exhibition in collaboration with Fotospeed.
The exhibition will run over the weekend of the conference and will include not only images from our speakers but also images from attendees!
Each attendee will have the opportunity to have a 16x12” (or 16” long edge) landscape photo, printed and mounted on foamex (or equivalent) and hung alongside our speakers prints in the exhibition room for the duration of the conference.
This 'community exhibition' is a chance to share your work with a like minded audience and chat about the work of your contemporaries and speakers whilst having a coffee. For more information about submitting your image please viist our exhibition page.
We are using the gallery space at The Rheged for our exhibitors & coffee breaks. This is on the top floor of the building (there is a lift available for disabled access).
Long Valley Books
We have organised a three course sit down dinner for the Saturday evening for the conference delegates. This gives you an opportunity to network and discuss the day's talks further. Places are limited on this due to the size of the venue, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please note, the evening dinner ticket is separate to the conference ticket. The dinner is currently full, and if you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please contact. Charlotte Parkin.