Year in Review

In true December style, an End of Year Review would not be out of order I feel.

The year started in January, (doesn’t it always!), with a trip to Jersey. In fact, it’s only because I looked in my diary that I remembered this one. It rained a bit but that didn’t stop us. Two days of workshops plus another couple of days ‘One to One’ and some shooting on the side, Corbiere never loses it’s appeal.

February saw me in Marrakesh, that vibrant, noisy city with the remote Atlas mountains receiving a short visit. Jemaa el Fna at dusk, smoke rising, heady smells of tagine and mint tea, a setting sun, quite a sight.

Snow balls high in the Picos de Europa

March saw me photographing on the Isle of Wight, followed by a brilliant trip to the Picos Europa, northern Spain. The snow covered mountain passes above Fuente De, remote villages, and stunning turquoise ice forms were a real treat.

Then, nipping through Rioja, across to the Pyrenees to the rugged Ordesa national park where ice crampons were ‘de rigueur’ . Mountain lakes, snow and storms were the order of the day her.

Guggenheim Gallery, Bilbao, Spain

The trip was finished off in Bilbao with some night shots in Bilbao of the Guggenheim.

April was spent in the Lake District, shooting from the top of Haystacks down the Ennerdale Valley amongst other peaks before driving down to Tuscany for my workshop there at the beginning of May.

The opportunity to photograph a couple of places on the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast together with wet cobbled streets of Annecy at night was taken on the drive back to the UK.

For the start of June I was again back out to Jersey running a couple more workshops and again it rained. Not all the time mind you, we had some sun for the One to One’s! This is where I neatly did a triple somersault while holding the camera having warned the guests that the slipway was slippery! They gave me an ‘8’ for style.

The Quay at yarmouth on the Isle of Wight

June also saw me over on the Isle of Wight at a number of book signing events for ‘Portrait of the Isle of Wight’ and then at the end of the month Julia and I crossed the channel again to drive down to Provence.

So for July, Marseille was the first shoot location then up to the Luberon to prepare for this years workshop and some new lavender locations in Vaucluse, near the border with the Drome region.

Before dawn in the lavender of Provence, near Sault, France

August was spent at home, other than forays to the Isle of Wight and Dorset for a commission for Time Out.

September was one of those highlight times when light and location come together. The start of the month saw World Famous Photographer David Noton and myself bantering on two days of workshop in the New Forest where my knees at dawn were a sight to behold, but it’s not that I’m talking about. The time was in the Torridon Mountains on the west coast of Scotland. The leviathan mountain range towering above the loch, satanic skies moving across them just after dawn with strakes of sunlight forcing themselves through the cumulous nimbus – brilliant.

October’s start was back up the M6 to the Lake District, this time with a tutoring head on and another magic moment. Mist, pink cloud and reflections on Loweswater and a case of: ‘If you’re not up in time you won’t capture it’.

Later that month it was over to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, for more snow, gales, and of course fall colors (sic).

A year of some simply stunning locations, but it's not just a case of being there. It's about being inspired by the elements and then capturing the moment.