I have been collecting images along the Cornish hedgerows, shoreline, and around the coast and harbours for the past 15 years. There is always something new to discover - especially once you start 'seeing' as well as 'looking'.
Nature creates so many images. Some change relatively slowly and vary with the seasons, others are fleeting and ephemeral. In contrast, the solid rocks and coastline give the impression that they will last forever. The environment provides us with fascinating abstract images of great natural beauty with their own unique challenges for the photographer.
Along the Hedgerow
My photographic journey began in 2007. I needed a new camera and chose a bridge camera which was light and portable but also included all the features I had carefully identified that I would like. I began by walking along the Cornish hedgerows, coastal footpaths and visiting local gardens which were open to the public, taking many pictures of everything I saw. My collection grew over the years - encapsulating the wonders of seasonal change. I love searching for detail and unusual angles and, with the help of a special magnifying lens attachment I could even capture reflections in the dew drops on spiders' webs!
A few years later when walking along the beach at Porthleven I suddenly realised that I was surrounded by magical images in the shoreline rocks - a treasure trove of pattern, colour, texture and form. The wide variety is in part due to the multitude of metasediments which make up a large part of Cornwall's geological structure. The images were very unusual and I decided to have them printed on canvas and aluminiium dibond. I took them to local shops and my pictures started to sell. It was time to set up a website and Facebook page.
My next project required quick reflexes. The expanses of water around our coasts are a source of endless fascination. On a calm day, the smooth surface is like nature's mirror - reflecting images with amazing clarity. But it is when the surface is moving that reflections seem to really come alive. You have to be quick to capture the images as they change with the blink of an eye!