Photography gives me the perfect incentive to travel, and that includes journeying to wonderful locations I might otherwise have never got around to visiting. Travel doesn’t always have to mean far, of course, and living on the doorstep of some of the best landscapes in the UK, I have spent many happy hours photographing in the Peak District.
There is something special, though, about researching and planning a foreign trip. I love traveling and would do it more often if I had the time and means. It expands my horizons - discovering other cultures and encountering landscapes that make me marvel at the wonders of nature. It also makes me appreciate home, but once back it’s not long before I’m thinking about the next trip.
Given my impulse to visit many of these locations is driven by a desire to return home with at least one powerful and memorable image, I realized early on in my photographic journey that I needed to define what a ‘good’ landscape image looks like - otherwise, how would I know which ones to pursue?
This is, of course, very personal but for me a truly great landscape image is all about the emotion it arouses in the viewer. There are thousands of ordinary, straightforward photos – what we call in photography ‘record shots’ - of every recognizable location in the world; just type a place in Google images and you will be awash with a choice. For me, though, what makes a landscape image special is that it makes you imagine what it would have been like to be there.
We have all seen these types of images, the ones that speak to you more than others. You experience an emotion as you look at them, like feeling the bitter cold of an Arctic mountain, the searing heat of desert dunes or the wild force of a terrifying storm as it whips up massive waves that crash into an isolated coastline. It’s an image that transports your mind to the instance the camera was clicked, this is the kind of image I try to capture. Here are the stories behind four of my favourite landscape photographs, where I hope you feel a sense of being there as I pressed the shutter.
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Peak National Park and Ride
Andrew Griffihs asks what the future holds for transport in the Peak National Park and talks to Julian Glover about his Landscapes Review
Mike Smith explores the village of Bradbourne, which has a particularly poignant tale to tell
What lies beneath
Exploring the hidden depths of Ladybower Reservoir, which conceals secrets of a fascinating past
Battle for our birds
Paul Hobson analyses our complex relationship with birds of prey and how these fascinating birds are fairing in Derbyshire
Explore the Peak Forest
A walk through autumn fields and forests with far reaching views enriched by snippets of mystery, romance and the area’s industrial past
Pictures to transport you
Chesterfield photographer David Keep continues his photographic journey, this time recalling his favourite landscape images from around the world
The magic of Christmas
Ideas for days out, gifts and where to find local produce in Derbyshire this festive season
PENNY for the Guy
We take a look at Derbyshire’s bonfire tradtions through history
From hardship came happiness
Pat Ashworth speaks with Chesterfield based retired Colonel John Doody about his inspiring life, from a diffiult childhood to overcoming diversity and finding happiness
A place to call home
Lady Edward explains to Derbyshire Life why Haddon Hall is so much more than 900 years of history
Cruise amid the remote beauty of Greenland.
An artisan creating comforts for body and soul
As autumn days grow darker and colder, many of us pine for summer, just like Shawna Villalvazo.
Into the Denmark Strait
A bristlingly cold gale whipped across the silvery North Atlantic and up the narrow fjord.
See the world through the viewfinder of one of the world’s foremost adventure photographers.
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Whether landscapes or wildlife, airline liveries tell a story from nose to tail.
The Meditation Revolution
Changing the way we see the world through the power of digital well being
Find Balance in Bali
Gain a fresh perspective on wellness as you embrace the island’s bounty.
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