Photos of Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast
On this page: Lois lives and works in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. She takes landscape photographs of coast and countryside from Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Available as digital images for stock use and framed or mounted fine art prints.
I've been taking photos since my early 20s, but it was when I turned 50 that I finally found my own way of seeing the world - or more precisely, my own corner of England. It's easy to find pretty views here - but you have to work a bit harder to find memorable images, with some aspect of colour, line or texture that sticks in the mind.
I tend to find the same themes cropping up in my favourite photos again and again. Arable fields, livestock, orchards and market gardens; trees, hedgerows and wildflowers, wild woods and moors; the sea and the beach, beach huts, hill forts and village houses. These reflect my general interests in agriculture and local food production, the natural world and rural settlements. I'm a great believer in making the most of what's on my doorstep: Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire. Rather than wanting to record exotic places, I prefer to stay close to home for most of the time, becoming familiar with my home ground in every season. (I make an exception for the northwest of Scotland, where I have been a couple of times and would love to go again.)
I print my own photos, and have sold them in local galleries as framed, mounted or loose prints. However, in this day of the digital camera, most people are happy to use their own photos to decorate their homes, so I offer a service to local residents and holiday home owners to prepare, print and frame their own images. A new venture is selling greetings cards at the Town Mill Arts Guild, which I have recently joined - and ended up designing and managing their web site.
I have quite a large library of stock photos that are available for use in commercial and editorial projects. I haven't yet fully catalogued these and put them online. Enquiries are welcome however - sea, beach, fossils, cliffs, sky and clouds, fields, orchards, trees, wildflowers, wild fruits; Lyme Regis, Uplyme, Dartmoor, Exmoor, parts of the Jurassic coast are all represented. I can also undertake specific commissions, and am particularly interested in local sustainable food production.
I'm also working on a series of 'digital paintings' - starting from a photo as the basis, and working on them to come up with something that works in its own right as a printed canvas or greetings card. I give an example of a 'before and after' below.
A few years ago, we had an unusual fall of snow in November, while there were still some leaves on the trees. It was followed by a glorious sunny day, and I took a lot of photos before it all melted away. This hedge is only quarter of a mile from the house, and I was taken by the low sun shining though a gap across the rippled snow. I warmed up the cold blue highlights to give an impressionistic feel to the scene. This works nicely as a card, and I'm thinking of getting it done as a stretched canvas.
You can also visit my specialised photography web site, where I display some more of my favourite images, and explain a bit more about my philosophy and approach to the craft.