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The Pleasure of the Search for the Unexpected

Another article has been published in On Landscape Issue No. 240 with the above title. It is about the role of allowing for the uncertain, the unpredicted, the unexpected, the serendipitous in finding images in the landscape. It can be found at https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2021/09/the-pleasure-of-the-search-for-the-unexpected/. The article is illustrated with images from Sweden and Yosemite, including the…

Loss in the Landscape

Another article for On Landscape has appeared in Issue Number 231 with the title Loss in the Landscape on the subject of retreating Swiss glaciers, a retreat that seems to be accelerating. There is a bit of science, including the issues of water resources and hydropower for the Swiss and a bit of the impacts…

The Devil’s Dictionary of Photography

Another article written for On Landscape has just appeared. This takes its inspiration from the Devil’s Dictionary polished (between 1867 and 1911) by the American author Ambrose Bierce, and said to be one of the greatest works of American satire (an example: DISTANCE, n. The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to…

The Still Dynamic: a new book of images

The Still Dynamic is a book of images of water and the marks of past water has been published in 2021.   The images are collected into surface reflections and skypools, surface caustics and caustic sheets, frozen waters, water waves,waterfalls and the marks of past water. The photographer and image maker Paul Kenny has provided a…

Mallerstang in Winter

A new Blurb book of Mallerstang images has been produced with the title Mallerstang in Winter. The images have been taken over the last 20 years or so, with an introductory text referring to the Mallerstang winter of 1963. The book was instigated during a period of snow and ice during lockdown in 2021 and…

Talk to Settle Photographic Group

Until last night I have to admit to having never been to a camera club meeting. It has only taken 70 years but having been invited by Harry Pinkerton to give a talk at the Settle Photographic Group it has happened. It had to happen remotely of course but it seems that a good number…

On the Edges of Mallerstang

A new article for On Landscape has just gone live in Issue No. 222. The text and images are based on the Blurb book “On top of the world on the edges of Mallerstang”. Many of the images come from wandering around the Mallerstang watershed as part of my exercise regime in the first lockdown…

Peter Henry Emerson article

A new article has been published in issue 214 of On Landscape on Peter Henry Emerson and his book Naturalistic Photography that was published in 1889. Emerson was well-known for his books and images of the Norfolk and Suffolk landscape, and had some very strong views on photography as Art, including how depth of field…

Landscape and Philosophers of Photography

A new article has been published in Issue 208 of On Landscape magazine, dealing with Landscape and the Philosophers of Photography. It was instigated by reading the book on the Philosophy of Photography by Vilem Flusser. He does not say much about Landscape Photography but introduces some interesting concepts, including the idea of redundant photographs…

New Mallerstang book on Blurb

I have used some of my isolation time to produce a new Blurb book on Mallerstang. This one is called “On top of the world on the edges of Mallerstang” and represents a journey around the Eden watershed. The photos have been taken over many years on both film and digital, but some were taken…

7 Principles to reduce impact of landscape photography

Sarah Marino recently published an article in On Landscape magazine on a community initiative to reduce the impact of landscape photographers on the landscapes they photograph. While it seems a little sad that such an initiative should be necessary, it is clear that there are many people who do not think too much about the…

The Representation of Reality

Another article has been published in Issue 193 On Landscape. Entitled Creation by Ducks and the Representation of Reality it contains some further discussion of the concept of equivalence in making images. It was initiated by reading articles by Jean Paul Caponigro and Guy Tal, who also by chance had an article called Beyond Equivalence…

The Dunes at Oceano

Another article for On Landscape was published recently in Issue 186 These photos were taken on film back in 1997 using a Mamiya 6. More can be found in the Still Dynamic Monochrome Gallery. The article may be found here.

The Physics of Caustic Light in Water

A 4th article has been published in On Landscape concerned with understanding the physics behind those bright spots called caustics that often appear in images of water (as well as something about skypools and landpools). The article is illustrated with photos from the Verzasca, Sarine, and Eden, one of which made it onto the cover…

On Landscape: Meeting of Minds

Last weekend was the 3rd On Landscape Meeting of Minds conference at the Rheged Centre, Penrith (and the 3rd time I have been along to it). It was another excellent meeting, with more people than ever. A superb range of speakers, including Charlie Waite, Sandra Bartocha, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Paul Hill, Theo Bosboom, Nick White,…

The Essence of Place

1st July 2018 : A third article has been published in the on-line photography magazine On Landscape. The title is “Reflective photography and the essence of place”. This article originated from something I wrote in the previous article about the essence of place, that caused me to reflect on such a concept and what others…

19th Mallerstang Music Evening

Saturday 19th May 2018: Music this year was provided by the Luca Brasi 4. Excellent Jazz, excellent weather, and an enjoyable evening all round.

Another article for “On Landscape”

10th December 2017 : An article on “The Impact of Photography on Impressionism; the Impact of Impressionism on Photography” illustrated by some of the photos from the MallerstangMagic site has just been published in issue 150 of the online photography magazine On Landscape. It was inspired by reading the book “Mad Enchantment” by Ross King…

Large Format in Glencoe

4th November 2017: Just back from a large format workshop based in Glencoe, Scotland run by Richard Childs and Tim Parkin (and visiting old friends near Mallaig on the way up). It was good to meet some other photographers interested in continuing with large format film and fun to give it some concentrated time, with…

Petits Fontaines

20th August 2017 : Petits Fontaines is an alpage chalet, high in the valley above Grandvillard upstream of Gruyère in the Canton de Fribourg. We are just back from 3 weeks there without email and a mobile signal (without going for a bit of a walk) and surrounded by the sound of cow bells (fortunately…