Who are you? 

Chris Doyle 

What type of artist are you?  

Landscape photographer.

Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?  

No background in art/design apart from O Level! First proper camera when was 21 I think. 

Can you describe your creative process?

First step is about planning where to go to for location of photo shoot, thinking about weather, tides, season, and time of day. Next step is enjoy the walk to that location and around it, all the while, looking for focal points to catch my eye. I use a simple pneumonic by way of an aid (OPTICAL) as follows:

  • Object/objective of shot.
  • Position/point of view/perspective/proportions.
  • Tools needed for the job (lens type, tripod, remote control, filters, histogram).
  • Issues identified and how to address them with the above tools (e.g. light levels, obstacles, movement, distractions).
  • Calibrate and click.
  • Adjust and fine tune shot over and over.
  • Look at results created and learn from the results and methods used.

What or who inspires you?

I have many sources of material that helps me learn and develop. I am presently reading Richard Garvey-Williams book on “Mastering Composition”, but also follow Thomas Heaton on YouTube. Last September I was lucky enough to get some personal tuition with Benjamin Graham (Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017). All of these help tune my photographic mind’s eye, but mother nature has a wonderful way of making my eye’s pop too.

What do you enjoy most about the process? 

The peace and tranquillity for one, but when I am in the zone, I will totally lose track of time (always a good thing in my book). Also, I am really proud of the journey I have undertaken so far and through the success and recognition gained I have been able to reinvest my sales income back into improving my gear. I am now on my 4thDSLR camera and have lost count of the number of lenses! 

Can you describe your studio/workspace? 

  • The outside.
  • My PC desk to post shot processing (this also includes access to tea, biscuits and good music).

What keeps you going whilst you work?

The learning journey and the views. Seriously, everyone needs to get out and about one hour before sun up-the light is amazing. You have to see it to believe it.

What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail? 

My best photographic work to date, but don’t expect it to be too conventional and surprisingly few sunrises or sunsets. Some of my images have been mistaken for painted pieces and others have flummoxed people when they try to work out where the location was. Mostly I would invite anyone to come along look at all the pieces and if any make you stop, pause and mentally step into the picture, then I will be delighted to have made a connection with someone.

 Where are you exhibiting?

Russet Gardens in Emsworth, along with about half a dozen other exhibitors. Well worth coming as you get a mini Art Trail under one roof!

 Why did you want to take part in the trail?

It’s been part of my learning journey and gives me the chance to engage with a variety of people and talk about my experience.

 What are your artistic ambitions?

Continue the journey, wherever it may take me!

 Any other fun facts?!

Some of my best shots have come from unintended accidents so don’t ever plan too much. The best advice I can give is let what happens to you, happen to you. Enjoy the moment and if you come home with nothing, at least you got some good exercise and walked the dog (Archie our beautiful working cocker).

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