Paul Hill – photographer, journalist, author and teacher. His written and photographic work on landscapes reminds us that if you have a clear vision, be determined and stick with it. ” It appears to me, as an exhibiting photographer and as a teacher, that I am again in a world where the word is king with photographs as mere courtiers. I believe this trend to be regressive because it undermines photography and most of those who practice it.” – Paul Hill – Newsletter of the Contemporary Group of The Royal Photographic Society, Summer 1993
Justin Partyka – Photographer, publisher and folklorist, exploring the lands of East Anglia. Hard to quantify the significant influence on myself, he produces beautiful photographs of scenes that display an air of despondency and melancholy, through which the strength and optimism of the human spirit prevail. In his words… “This traditional rural existence, which is rooted in place, might seem of little relevance in our age of industrial agribusiness. My photographs tell the story of the small-time farmers who are reluctant to disappear”.
Walter Lewis – Photographer and researcher. His photographs present unresolved elements in our relationship with the land. A mixture of story and reflection, asking on what terms do we approach our subject. Walter is also a Research Associate of the WALK Research Centre at the University of Sunderland, and his writings can be found here. The interviews with Marlene Creates, John Darwell and Paul Gaffney give substance to our developing relationship with the subject matter of Landscape Photography.
John Darwell – Photographer and currently Reader in Photography at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. John spoke at the Kendall Mountain Festival 2015, and gave substance to his approach; ‘take photographs about things, not of things’. A liberating philosophy. His photography emphasises the political nature of how we relate to the land.
Simon Roberts – We English, published in 2009, give credence to the belief that ideas, technique and style with liberal amount of commitment, turn into a major project, in this case, an observation on being English. Simon also hosts a blog on his website which is worth exploring; from current debates and critic, through to contemporary photographic activity.
Paul Gaffney – We Make the Path by Walking, is a meditative engagement with the land. A collection of beautiful images, that allow the viewer room to interpret but never moving far from the idea that we are directly engaged in this exploration. Gaffney proposes a continuous dialogue with the landscape for photographer and viewer through immersion.
Harry Cory Wright – The photographer commented in The Telegraph : “I am after a picture that is less about the specific place or location, and more about our collective understanding of place.” From this approach, I believe the greater understanding occurs as you assimilate different knowledge and sources.
Andy Sewell – His first major work, Something like a Nest, gained widespread praise. A slow deliberate approach, reflecting on a countryside where it is believe that the continuum is never gradual or gentle. A reflection on what ‘pastoral’ and ‘sublime’ mean to us today.