An interview with Guy Richardson, Landscape Photographer15th October 2018 // Bronya Bouchia
Based in Cornwall, professional landscape photographer, Guy Richardson, has a passion for capturing the unspoiled coastline and mountainous areas of the South West.
His landscape images encapsulate the rugged and diverse landscape, with time lapse photography used to add variety and depth to his body of work.
Coming from a graphic design background, Guy explains that his transition into photography was as natural as the landscapes he captures in his images. Examples of his work can be found in his landscape photography portfolio, here.
Having exhibited his work in the Natural History Museum in conjunction with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, Guy’s interview contains some great experience and advice.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I’ve been interested in art in some shape or form from a young age and I’ve always been inspired by my surroundings. It was a natural progression to move towards photography as I got older, especially as digital cameras made it so much more accessible.
What drew you to focus on landscape photography as your niche?
I enjoy being outdoors. I took a real interest in landscape photography whilst living in Cornwall, UK, which gave me a variety of great locations to choose and gain inspiration from. Since then, I’ve strived to reach places not many others have photographed. This means you spend a lot of time in the landscape, usually hiking somewhere remote!
What equipment do you typically take with you on a shoot?
I try to keep it to a minimum. I usually pack my Nikon D850, 16-35mm, 50mm and 70-200mm and a lightweight carbon fibre tripod. Keeping my kit light means I can travel further and faster. This is unless I’m doing film work - then my kit triples in size!
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Are there any trends or changes to the industry that have affected the way you work?
I began just as digital photography was really taking off - the leaps since then have been massive both in cameras and post production. This has meant I’ve had to learn as the industry has changed, and this is especially true with my timelapse work. It would have been unimaginable achieving what I can now, 10 years ago.
What words of wisdom would you give to budding photographers looking to focus on landscape photography?
Fortunately for me I haven’t got wrapped up in the influences that social media has on photography, but so many others have. Many of the popular landscape photographs are repetitive and uninspiring. If it was one bit of advice, it would be to do what you enjoy and to go that extra mile to find something new.
Why should budding photographers choose a career in landscape photography?
In today's age of diminishing wild places in the world, I believe landscape photographers have an important role in promoting and documenting the beauty that nature offers. I often do work for conservation organisations and I find this work gives me the most satisfaction as it feels like I’m making a change.
What landscape scenes do you typically like to shoot and why?
I have to admit this has changed over the years, I used to go for the most dramatic scenes possible, which usually entailed wide panoramas looking into the sun at sunrise or sunset. However, I do have a soft spot for the subtle, pastel landscapes that challenge the viewer a little more.
Do you have a rule that you follow for each of your shots?
That’s a difficult one to answer. I probably have a number of things I do subconsciously but I tend to favour simplicity in my images so I tend to focus on strong, graphic compositions.
Describe a time when a landscape shoot didn’t go quite as planned
Where to start?! In all honesty, most shoots don’t really go to plan, but that’s the magic of landscape photography - you’re completely at mercy of the weather. You have to keep your options open and constantly adapt to the changing conditions.
What’s the most enjoyable part of being a landscape photographer?
For me it’s being able to immerse myself in a landscape and being able to witness (and capture) some awe inspiring moments, whether that’s a mountain top view, a blazing sunset or just the colour of the changing leaves in autumn.
We’d like to thank Guy for giving us a brilliant introduction to the world of landscape photography.
If you are interested in starting out in landscape photography, or would like to discover more about the landscape photography niche, then head on over to the Peli UK Photography Hub where you’ll find even more information about this compelling niche.
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