A small and varied landscape

Bedfordshire is the smallest of the ‘Shires’, but manages to contain a wide variety of landscapes within it. I've lamented in the past about the lack of mountains or dramatic vistas, but that was quite short sighted on my part - I just needed to look a little harder and embrace what was on offer. 

I've been fortunate to get to know Emma Garrett, owner of the Pavilion at the Park, and as such, be the first artist on display at the Pavilion in 2017. It's also my first 'solo' exhibition. 

Exhibition Images

Here is a selection of images on display, with a small a description about each of them.

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A Path Through The Park - Taken in Ampthill Park, on a wonderful October morning, where there was some wonderful soft mist. The avenue of trees has been on list of shots to take for a long time, and it was just one of those times that the landscape did all the work and made it very easy for me.

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Winter Reflections - Remembering when I took this shot was easy. We had one morning of snow in 2016. Shot at one of the local fishing lakes, the perfectly calm and still reflection, plus the small jetty lead to a very simple but effective final image. 

Stewartby Chimneys - Living in Marston Moretaine means that I'm very familiar with view of the chimneys at the old brick works. On this particular morning at Stewartby Lake, there was a band of light in the sky which created a lovely silhouette of the chimneys. The long exposure allowed for the water surface to flatten out, as well the clouds. 

Blossoming Trees - I originally set out to photograph some of the views from the Greensand Ridge for sunrise, but on the way, I noticed this group of trees where the sun was just beginning to light up the blossom. The mixture of light and texture captured my eye, and I never made it to the original location for sunrise. Maybe one for 2017.

Ampthill Heath - This is one of my favourite pictures from 2016. Taken on a bright, summers morning at Ampthill Heath, the use of infrared, plus the framing of the trees, is what makes this image work for me. I was also lucky enough to have 2014 Landscape Photographer of the year, Mark Littlejohn, be the guest judge of a weekly twitter competition that I'd entered it into. His feedback was a personal highlight of the year for me. 

I was very impressed with Darren Rose’s Infrared image from Ampthill Heath. I have always enjoyed the old Disney animations such as The Jungle Book for the way the scenery is layered, giving you the feeling of looking ‘into’ an image. This beautiful shot replicates that feeling. The lovely light accentuated by the infrared. It is beautifully framed with a lovely bit of darkness supplied by the overhanging branch. The twisted trunks in the middle of the image are perfectly arranged to take advantage of both the light and framing. I’m not sure whether Darren shot at f6.4 to avoid hotspots, but in my opinion its nice to see folk shooting landscapes at a variety of apertures as opposed to just putting the thing at f16.
— Mark Littlejohn

The work is on display until February 7th 2017.