Treasure Trove of Landscape Photographers

As I said in an earlier blog post, I'm currently down helping out at my parents this week. This, as is quite often the case, gives me a few moments to myself while they both (yes even dad has been sucked in) catch up on countless TV soaps. 

I happened to click on my bookmarks menu in Chrome and scrolled to the list under Photographers -> Landscape. I was shocked to find about 50 different items in there. I say shocked as my own browsing of late has become rather predictable. You know, the usual sites, the usual pattern, the usual stories. Relying on bookmarks less and less. 

As I scrolled down this list there were, of course, a few familiar names, but also a number of sites which I didn't immediately recognise. Quite often if I come across a link, especially one shared via twitter while I'm browsing on my iPhone, I'll send that to my bookmarks to check out later. Later, it would seem, can becomes never. 

A quick browse through some of the sites under my bookmarks folder has already revealed a treasure trove of artists. A box brimming to the top (and in fact overflowing) of inspiration. I thought it would be good to perhaps start a bit of a series on some of the artists in my bookmark list as perhaps there will be a few in there who are new to you also. I'll try and post a few links and ramblings in an ongoing series over the coming months. I hope you too find some inspiration in these talented folks, I know I have. 

Karl Mortimer (http://www.karlmortimer.com/) 

A photographers website, in my humble opinion, should engage you from the first moment the home or landing page loads (sadly I've yet to get a look on squarespace I'm totally happy with). Upon landing on Karl's site you are immediately taken through a rolling slideshow of misty trees, seascapes and abstract forms. Give it a few moments before clicking through his site, there are a a number of beautiful images in this showreel which give you a real flavour of what's to come. 

And so onto some of his images. I just love the color palette throughout his site but especially in his Seascapes (volume 1) album.   Turns out Karl isn't much of a 'burn your eye balls until they melt sunset' type of person. More subtle, yet evocative colours used which, for me anyway, help to give a sense of being there. And then there's the misty trees. As a photographer I think you either love them or hate them. I personally love them, but have to admit find shooting in a woodland the most challenging. I love to wander through backwater woods, especially with a heavy mist clinging to the branches of creaking trees, but find my senses and emotions are difficult to represent in a single image. Quite often all I get is chaos and mess.  I'll keep trying mind and Karl's woodland images are such an inspiration. 

I also love the space he has created (including a totally separate site) for some of the projects undertaken, especially 'As The Sun Sets' which was formed over a few evenings in his back garden. Proving once again that quality work is all around with the right mindset. 

Mornings and afternoons simply spent drifting through the woodland, responding to both my surroundings and my moods, not planning, not expecting, just being. Sometimes intimidated, sometimes filled with hope, but always moved, always challenged, always grateful. (Karl Mortimer) 

Christopher Swan (http://christopherswan.co.uk/)

I first discovered Christopher's work through a link retweeted on twitter for his book on Harris, published by Kozu Books 'Harris in the Spring'. Despite not yet having the opportunity to visit Harris (or Lewis) I seem to spend countless hours trawling through images on other photographer's websites, 500px and Flickr. I've even spent time virtually exploring the area thanks to Google Earth and Maps. Heck, to visit the islands and wild camp is high up on my Bucket ListI've read his latest (at the time of writing) blog post on his most recent trip to Harris countless times. I think these words and images, more than any other, have me determined to visit in 2017. 

Once again the color palette presented through his images is beautiful and allows me to spend minutes (rather than seconds)  on each image, delving in deep, flitting my eye around the frame, exploring relationships of colour, complex compositional lines and of course feeling the emotion of the place. Since moving to the North Coast of Northern Ireland I've been paying much more attention to light, especially the effect it has on areas where the horizon meets the sea and the sea meets the sand. For me this relationship is beautifully shown in his Minimalism series. Would love to see some of those images in print. 

I don't know what it is, but something about Harris speaks to me. It has grabbed me and when I'm not there I find myself thinking of it like no other place I've been before. (Christopher Swan)

Two more photographers in my bookmarks coming soon .... 

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