This weeks image was taken in the Peak District, UK. As we very rarely get snow at home and the roads had begun to clear, I decided to head to Castleton to see if there was anything worthy of shooting. As I pulled up on a car park close to the bottom of Mam Tor, I decided that I liked the contrast between the two hills which are similar in height and close together. Win Hill is the peak topped with snow, which looks barren and inhospitable yet Lose Hill is the opposite. Using a tripod, I took three images of the scene which were later combined into a panorama in Photoshop. This allowed me to be able to crop the image whilst retaining a high image quality. Editing the image was quite simple as I only used the dodge and burn tools along with a sharpening layer and a monochrome conversion.
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.