Andrew Stannard Landscape Photography

About Me

Born in Norwich in 1978, I was fortunate to have parents who valued the great outdoors. Although I didn't realise it at the time, regular holidays in the Lake District and other areas slowly gave me a passion for the UK landscape - it's a landscape that offers such diversity and such a range of character.

Whilst I spent many happy times exploring this landscape, my photographic interest didn't really start until after university. On a five week post-university trip to western Canada I took along a small Canon APS film camera, and when I went somewhere, so to did the camera. The quality of the images I took wasn't great, but when I got the prints back I realised that, in some images, I had captured the emotional aspect of the landscape, whereas in others there was something that was just missing.

Why was this? What was it that made some of my images good, and others poor? I guess a part-time voyage of discovery took place after this - I didn't take any formal photographic training, but I began to read books, look at other peoples' images and continue to try and make photographic sense of the landscape around me. As the digital camera market began to grow I first purchased a decent compact, and then quickly moved to an SLR and all the greater flexibility and quality that they bring.

The work of large-format experts such as the likes of Joe Cornish has always been an inspiration, but so too have the stunning and atmospheric images produced by Galen Rowell on his 35mm camera - and at the moment the portability of a DSLR suits my style well. I like to get out and feel part of the landscape, and whilst I have my fair share of images taken close to the road, in truth I prefer being high up in the mountains or alone in a wild expanse of moorland with just the sounds of nature to accompany me.

If you spend enough time in our landscape then you begin to realise that at times it can be something special - the final rays of sunshine catching distant mountain peaks, or the first light of day illuminating a misty scene. It makes you feel alive, and landscape photography for me is about capturing these moments - about capturing the drama and the emotions that they bring.

This website has been developed to share this passion and share my work. Browse for as long as you wish, enjoy your visit, and please check back soon.

Andrew.

A Winter Shoot in The Lake District © Andrew Stannard

A Winter Shoot in The Lake District