Iain Gilmour

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Impressions of Dungeness

Published April 8th, 2012

Like many photographers based in the South of England, I've visited Dungeness countless times over the years. Ironically, during all these visits, I've never met anyone who new much about these old boats. However, yesterday I met the grandson of the guy who built one of the old "wrecks" in 1946. It was interesting to hear his views on the management of the Dungeness Estate and the desire in some quarters to see the old boats and sheds removed. Personally, I think the area would lose something of value were it "tidied up", though how you tidy up a nuclear power station on the horizon, I've no idea. Anyhow, back to photography. Part of the reason I like to visit is that I always know there are subjects to experiment with some of the more creative aspects of photography. I've had a Lensbaby sat in my bag for a couple of year, not made too much use of it, possibly always dreaming that I'd save up and buy a proper tilt-shift! So, decided to give it an outing yesterday and combine it with a ...

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Britain's favourite view

Published February 23rd, 2012

I have a confession to make! At times, I can get as excited as a little kid in anticipation of a photograph when I sense that everything might just come together for once. I suspect this is a consequence of the shear number of times that, when photographing landscapes, the reverse is true and everything completely fails to come together! The latter seems to have been the the case for 90% of my photographic effort over the past month, at least on the occasions I've actually planned a visit to a particular place - unplanned opportunities seem to have been more successful! So, it was with no small amount of trepidation that we headed off to Wast Water, one of the more remote of the English Lakes and it was a relief to discover that the lake was neither bathed in bright sunshine nor grey monotonous cloud! This view, or something similar to it, was once voted "Britain's favourite view" in one of those bizarre TV polls. Have to admit, the view's not bad though I suspect it being Britain's fa ...

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Movement in the landscape

Published February 20th, 2012

For all its majestic grandeur, the English Lake District can seem a rather claustrophobic landscape at times. The eastern Lakes, with their picturesque, touristy villages where lakeside private property can limit access really do leave me cold. Fortunately, the same can't be said for the western and more remote lakes such as Buttermere and Wastwater, where the landscape still retains a certain untamed rawness. This is the well known "lone tree" at the north end of Buttermere, usually seen against a tranquil sunset. Well, yesterday there was no way the Sun was going to set tranquilly as stiff winds coincided with the arrival of a cold front, winds that nearly saw me lose my camera as the tripod toppled! While a long exposure, I've kept the time to 13 secs to try and create more of a sense of movement in the landscape, including the lake itself.

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Well trodden paths

Published February 7th, 2012

I recently heard it said, I think by Brooks Jensen in his Lenswork podcast, that your best photograph is not a destination but a process. One of the problems of living at the busy end of a small island is that most 'photogenic' landscape locations have been photographed more times than Mrs Windsor. Every pier on the south coast of England, every lighthouse in Wales, every loch in Scotland has had its fair share of sunrise/sunset colour images and beautiful deep toned monochromes made of it by very accomplished masters of landscape photography. It would be easy to get rather jaded and think that it's going to be real hard to create anything particularly original without winning the lottery and traveling to the far ends of the planet, though in my case if I won big enough I'd buy a trip off the planet as well. However, I keep reminding myself that I take photographs first and foremost for fun and my own personal fulfilment. So, does it really matter if the particular lighthouse, pier or ...

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Mists and waters

Published June 27th, 2011

In January of this year, we made a return visit after a 5 year absence to the island of Madeira in the Atlantic ocean. Madeira is a remarkable place in terms of landscape photography, but extremely challenging to photograph. The island itself sits atop a giant shield volcano, fortunately it hasn't erupted for thousands of years! Do a search for photographs, and you'll come across a multitude of typical tourist shots. So, the challenge was to make some fine art photographs that captured some of the remarkable drama of the Madeiran landscape. The result is a portfolio I've called Névoa da água (Mists and waters). The image concentrate on the north (wet) coast of the island and some of the 1800m high peaks, both of which give an array of atmospheric and lighting conditions conducive to black and white photography.

The full portfolio is visible on my website: Silver Expressions

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