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What constitues local?
18th September 2017 - 0 comments
In an ever connected world what constitutes "being local"? For me the "hour to Cirencester" gives me a glorious swathe of the northern Cotswolds, north Oxfordshire and South Warwickshire to play with.

Yet an hour east or north takes me to where exactly - I admit to not really finding out, familiarity definitely plays its part.

The Cotswolds and South Warwickshire are a natural draw for tourists on a "whistlestop" tour of the UK. North Warwickshire, Leicestershire and even Northamptonshire don't feature. The gently undulating landscape of this hinterland surely holds hidden gems, maps and scenes to be studied over winter.
Catching the light on a family holiday
01st September 2017 - 0 comments
The golden hours at each end of the day are perfect for photographers, but waiting for that decisive moment is hardly conducive to family harmony when small children are around.

You can't beat a cottage in the heart of a Cornish fishing village, or the rolling Dorset hills, or the Cumbrian mountains - everyone loves an evening walk by the river or lake or harbour.

Thankfully my children are teenagers, the myth of them being bed bound exploded one morning when they walked in at 5am and announced 'the light was great - were we going out with the camera?'

Which genre is it?
23rd August 2017 - 0 comments
Landscape or travel - the lines are increasingly blurred. When I create an image of my local landscape I have travelled to it - perhaps just a mile or so, but I have left one place to get to it.
Perhaps it means studying the late night weather forecast and going to bed knowing that "you'll be out there" in the morning.
So what does it mean for landscape images created on the move, where waiting hours for the perfect light isn't possible, the conditions are what they are - where do they fit.
In the end maybe everything is travel....or landscapes

New for 2017
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments
Happy New Year
2017 has arrived and 2016 culminated in a major cull - but it frees up space for more updated and more localised images.

Please feel free to comment on individual images, it's always good to hear what people think, and what they make them think of.

Thanks for passing by, I hope you return again soon.

Martin