ABOUT

My aim is to bring nature into people's everyday lives, by decorating our interior spaces with relatable and distinctive imagery of animals and landscapes.

I create contemporary fine art prints, for home wall art and commercial interiors.

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NATURE

I’m drawn to nature & wild places, and photography is my creative outlet for sharing that passion. Exposure to nature is beneficial for our well-being and stress-reduction, as well as providing an aesthetic feature for the room. I love to spend time outdoors, and to share the brilliance, beauty, and fragility of the natural world through my photography.

LOCATION

I'm currently based in Bedfordshire, UK, and though many of my subjects are local, I love to travel and I photograph wildlife and landscapes in some of the most spectacular environments around the world. I’m particularly drawn to the Arctic & Nordic nations, and areas of the Boreal Forest such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Canada.

MEDIA

To date, I’ve seen my photos published in The Times & The Times Online, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Digital Photographer Magazine, Photo Technique Magazine, Amateur Photographer Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine, The Mail Online, and used by ITV.com, BBC TV, and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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FOOTPRINTS

Launched in 2019, Footprints is my long-term commitment to improve the footprint my photography leaves behind.

I choose sustainably-sourced papers, and partner with ethical & responsible fine art printers.

I donate a portion of my print sales to the World Land Trust, to support their Plant A Tree programme; helping them to restore once-lost eco-systems into viable natural habitats for wildlife and the health of our planet.

CREATIVE APPROACH

Most of the time I begin as a conventional artist would, with a strong idea of the image in my mind’s eye. Pre-visualisation is important to me, and I rarely set out on a shoot without at least one clearly defined shot in mind, and a plan for how to achieve it. My best photos are often those which have been meticulously planned and executed accordingly.

My approach is strongly influenced by a background in art & design. A few years ago now, I used to draw animal portraits in pencil, charcoal, and pastels, using photos for reference. That was a great way to learn the disciplines of art, composition, form, and lighting, but ultimately I found the restriction of needing a reference photo didn’t quite fulfil my appetite for creativity. So I set out to start taking the photos myself, and I’m now working in the modern medium of digital photography, combining in-camera techniques and post-processing.

Photography is a great medium to work in, and I enjoy it very much, but my passion is certainly for the creative process over the attraction of the technology, gadgets, and gear. I have that in-built creative urge, and photography gives me an outlet for it. I enjoy the digital processing as much as the shooting. It takes me back to my drawing days, and gives me the opportunity to experiment with different styles, treatments, and effects to achieve the look I have in mind, and all in my own time.

I use natural light for my nature photography, mostly at sunrise or sunset for best effect. The soft, warm light is often the most effective to capture either a dramatic landscape photograph or an intimate portrait. Outdoor photography is a demanding pursuit but nature is always inspiring, and time out with my camera and the light is always time well spent, regardless of whether I get the shot.

 

I take inspiration from various different media; from fellow photographers and artists, to film, TV, interior design, and the natural world. In recent years Scandinavia has become particularly influential on me, in terms of culture, approach to art & design, and a healthy connection to the outdoors.

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GeorgeWheelhouse  - Skuleskogen National Park

Skuleskogen National Park, Sweden

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