This week I was travelling through the Peak District when I was surrounded by thick fog. It became so thick that I felt that carrying on driving on the winding country roads would be too dangerous so I pulled in at the nearest parking spot. As the fog lifted and I gathered my bearings, I realised that I was at the top of Monsal Head, a well known beauty spot. Before leaving, I grabbed my camera and found the best place to shoot from. I decided that a panoramic image would work best due to the 90 degree view. Working from left to right, I fired off 9 frames which I later stitched together in Adobe Photoshop. I then converted the image to black and white and used the dodge and burn tools to add selective contrast. A 16:9 crop completed the editing.
Growing up in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England, I began to appreciate the beauty of the British countryside at a young age. I also often visited the coast with family for days out and holidays so have many fond memories of being besides the sea. These places are where I now feel inspired to create images, drawing from memories of summers past and how these locations have changed since.
After university, I relocated to Manchester and started a family. It was having my first child six years ago that ignited the passion for photography. Beginning with child portraits, I then expanded to landscapes and seascapes on days out. Shortly after the birth of my second child in 2013, I enrolled on an evening photography course, discovered a passion for long exposure monochrome images and have been building this body of work ever since. Determined not to let my limited mobility hold me back, I often research disability friendly places to visit on days when I feel able.
I have won multiple awards for my work and have also had my work featured in magazines, blogs and featured image galleries alongside some of the country’s best photographers. I would consider the highlights of my photography career so far to be achieving my LDPS Distinction and winning the ‘Best Image in the Advanced League’ award from The Disabled Photographer’s Society 2016 Exhibition in London.