Michael Smotryaev

Radio presenter by day, photographer, mountaineer and off-road driver the rest of the time.

Born in Moscow in 1971, Michael first held a camera - an ancient Russian "Smena-8" - at the age of 11. Now happier with digital cameras, his prime area of photographic interest has remained the same: the beauty of nature. At times bright and uplifting, sometimes dark and depressing, but always thought-provoking and beautiful.

After he moved to the UK in 1995, Michael discovered Wales and fell in love with it immediately. These days, when not busy working for the BBC World Service, he can mostly be found in the mountains of Snowdonia, on the back roads of the Brecon Beacons, or anywhere in between.

It's not all Wales though. Michael has been taking pictures in places as far apart as Norway and Australia. A stunning landscape is always there, all one has to do is to see it...

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