Mike Stephenson - Biography
Around 10 years ago I picked up my first real camera and jumped into the realm of landscape photography. During that time I have been fortunate enough to visit 4 continents and over 20 countries. Some of these have become firm favourites such as the USA, Norway, Italy and Iceland.
This portfolio contains my journey in photographs through this time taken in these locations and many, of course, within the UK. Having used Canon, Fuji, Leica, Lumix and more recently a dip into large format photography with 4 x 5 plate film the images vary considerably in content and style.
My voyage started with Lee Frost in Northumberland I have been fortunate to visit these locations with other photographers, friends and in some many cases alone. A special thanks to Lee Frost, Ross Hoddinott, Lee Pengelly, Paul Sanders, Paul Gallagher, Michael Pilkington and more recently David Clapp for helping me see what is often hidden by the casual glance.
My friends who have travelled with me over the years have also no doubt influenced my style and helped me find the locations within this book. Cath, Bryan, Paula and David being the main culprits. David in particular in recent years, after much discussion over a glass or two of Gentleman Jack, has helped me realise why I take images.
In short, I take photographs for myself. I no longer take images because I should, or to enter into competitions, or because everyone else is taking the same image. I take images because I want to take that image and often they remind me of the day, the location, the atmosphere or in many cases a feeling at the time of pressing the shutter. Photography for me is a hobby, an escape, a time to switch off and soak in the fresh air (sometimes freezing cold). OK, sometimes the air isn’t particularly fresh and sometimes the dust and sand has been known to accompany me home in my suitcase but it all adds to the experience!
So, the images in this portfolio are a selection of “my” favourite images taken over the last 10 years or so from various locations. The folders are, as much as possible, in chronological order and cover a wide range of views and locations. Some are taken in a group, with friends or whilst alone but all are taken by me and mean something to me.
I am also a member of Nature First and am proud to support their principles which are below. Let's all try to follow these when we are out there.
1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles
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