Water is a central feature of so many landscapes, and capturing its movement and the play of light on it as surface provides endless possibilities to the photographer. In putting together this collection, with its visual emphasis on water, ‘landscape’ seemed an inappropriate description. ‘Waterscape’ is much more apt for a group of images made in, on or on the edge of bodies of water.
I have been a keen landscape photographer for over a decade, but have been interested in paddle sport for over 35 years. So it was only a matter of time before I combined these too activities. Many of the images in the exhibition were made from a canoe or a kayak, or from islands otherwise inaccessible to a more pedestrian photographer. Those not made afloat still involved wellies and wading.
Getting away from the bank allows a different perspective, although it adds a whole new range of technical considerations, from ISO and shutter speed to how to stop the tripod washing away or how to get the filters out of your pocket without dropping anything in the river. Shooting from the canoe is handheld, but this means letting go of the paddle and controlling the boat by balance alone!
The locations for these images are all within the UK, but not just in the traditional wild places. Water is everywhere, so the potential for an image is too.