Living and growing up in Lancashire in the North West England, Russell Turner has grown up surrounded by natural beauty, taking it for granted as a childhood playground and being a part of it through many years of outdoor activities. Childhood holidays in the beautiful and unique Isle of Man have made it a favourite haunt and now the location of many family holidays for his own family and for his passion for nature and photography.
Lancashire, between the industrial city of Manchester and the all too famous Lake District; bordered by the coast to the west and the Pennines to the east, is often passed by. With miles of unspoiled coast line, fells and woodland, the finest nature has to offer is left undiscovered. The stunning Forest of Bowland (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the dramatic Pendle Hill, the foot hills of the Pennines, remnants of bygone industrial times, and agriculture producing some of the finest ingredients farmed in the UK, Lancashire glows with both natural beauty and ruggedness, while holding a structure, purpose and history.
Those who have visited the area will instantly recognise the inspiration behind Russell’s images and the drive to capture and record those special moments that nature presents.
Russell started on his photographic path in his teens, armed with rolls of film and various 35mm cameras, driven by the need to record and share that around him. With the advent of digital technologies and cameras with ever increasing quality, Russell migrated to shooting digitally in 2005 and maintaining his own successful photographic blog with a dedicated following since early 2006.
Inspired by the images and technical perfection encapsulated by the great contemporary landscape photographers such as Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, David Noton and Peter Watson, Russell is driven by the light within the landscape, the wonderful warm tones that only sunrise and sunset bring, the balance in nature, and so capturing these aspects with style and a drive toward photographic perfection. He is creating images that convey a unique sense of the emotion instilled by the beauty of the landscape.