Light & Land
After over thirty years as a working photographer, and nearly twenty years leading tours and workshops, Joe's love of and enthusiasm for photography remain undimmed. "Every day out with the camera is a good day, especially if it involves a spot of walking." Joe says, emphasising that passion for the landscape is integral to his photography. Supporting others to improve their photography is also an important part of his life, one in which he is still constantly learning. Initially a reluctant convert to digital technology, having been a passionate large format film photographer, he has learned digital the hard way on medium format backs and through printing, and has become an enthusiast. "The potential of digital photography is limitless, but it does require thought, practice, passion and commitment to make it work for you," he says, "Understanding the links between fieldwork, light, composition and how that can best be served by suitable post-production and interpretation is where the process becomes an art." Joe's own photography has been widely exhibited and he has contributed to large numbers of books as well as writing land illustrating a number of his own, including First Light, a landscape photographer's Art, one of the most influential books of its kind. Joe has been involved in a number of high profile roles including the Distinction panels of the RPS, the judging team of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and as host of the Natural History Museum's annual Understanding Photography events. However, these do not distract from his main preference in life, to be outside with his camera, and to encourage others to do the same.