Three trees stand on the side of ‘The Great Ridge’ engulfed by mist. This image was taken on a very windy and wet afternoon at the beginning of February. As ‘Storm Imogen’ was beginning to hit the UK coast, I decided to visit the Peak District National Park to find this weeks image. Upon arriving at the base of Mam Tor, I could see that the weather was creating an amazing atmosphere over the hills. After steadying myself against the car door, I managed to take this image before my camera (and I!) got too soaked to carry on. I edited the scene with the sheer brutality of the conditions in mind so reflected this in the darkness of the image. A simple monochrome conversion and a slight boost in contrast is all that was needed.
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.