ABOUT ALASTAIR ROSSlandscape and nature photographer
I’m a non-award winning and occasionally published landscape photographer based in Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District in England. I tend towards landscape, environmental and nature photography in what I do, but have been known from time to time to dabble in street photography. The Peak District, Snowdonia in North Wales, the Lake District and the Outer Hebrides of Scotland are all places that I love to photograph when I get the opportunity. I’ve never felt a strong need to travel abroad to take photographs when we have so much to discover and explore in Great Britain. I even feel slightly guilty travelling all the way to the Outer Hebrides, when I’m having to drive past so much beauty to get there – sometimes the scraggy woodland and allotments behind my home in Sheffield are enough for me. That said, I did spend six weeks traveling around Europe in my campervan in 2018 with my wife, kids and dog – it still feels like I’m editing the pictures from that trip now! My most recent work can be found here.
My photography is about capturing the moment (or moments as time passes) and conveying a sense of place. In my work I hope to convey a feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature. I also try to tie my photography back to the history of the land and the people – or at least understand more about what I’m taking a picture of. Photography for me is an opportunity to slow down, learn more, enjoy the peace and quiet of nature (and enjoy some coffee from my flask!). When I’m photographing the landscape I’m always hoping that I capture a wee bit of that calm and peace – I don’t always get it right, but that is my hope.
You can hear me talk about my love of pinhole photography in this interview with BBC Radio Derbyshire – (From 11 minutes and 20 seconds) https://soundcloud.com/alexhowick-1/oldfashioned.
- 2013 – Onlandscape, 4 x 4 , On Gardoms Edge, 9th February 2013 – http://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2013/02/on-gardoms-edge/
- 2016 – Onlandscape, 4 x 4, 19th February 2016 – https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2016/02/subscribers-4x4-portfolios-108/
- 2017 – “Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Book 3”
- 2018 – Outdoor Photography Magazine (OP229) – Viewpoints – Ardnamurchan
- 2018 – Onlandscape, End Frame, 23rd September 2018 – https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2018/09/east-branch-middle-brook-somerset-county-new-jersey-william-neill/
- May 2014 – BBC Radio Derbyshire – (from 11 minutes and 20 seconds) https://soundcloud.com/alexhowick-1/oldfashioned
- October 2014 – Hothouse 2014 – presentation about “Ties to the Land” pinhole photography project
- October 2016 – Onlandscape Conference – presentation about “Ties to the Land” pinhole photography project – https://youtu.be/DPO8_zz9tg4
- Connected 2014, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
- Connected 2015, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
- Connected 2017, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
- Connected 2018, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
- Top 50 in the inaugural Pilkington Prize for Photography 2015
- “Commended”, Seascape Category – Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
I can be found in lots of places on line (in order of use) :-
- Twitter – @alastairrosstog – though be warned its not all photography and it can get inane
- Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alastairrossphoto/
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alastairrossphotography
- Flickr – alastairross
Please note that all images are copyrighted, if you are interested in either buying a print or licencing an image please contact me via the form below.
I haven't been able to get out with the sole intent of "doing" photography for a good six months (probably more). I needed to get out and decompress - and I think I achieved that on Friday. Sat up on Curbar Edge in the Peak District looking down the...read more
I'm speaking at "#Connected : Landscape Inspired", up at The Water Wheel Inn in Liverton Village in Cleveland, on the 10th of November. My talk is called "If this is your land, where are your stories?", taking inspiration from the book of the same title...read more
In my previous post, I discussed campervanning and in particular my first camper van “Diggy” the Mazda Bongo and “Vivi” the Vauxhall Vivaro, which came along last year to replace the aging and somewhat smaller (when your family is growing up) “Diggy”. ...read more
As I've written elsewhere, I have had a desire to visit Abruzzo in Italy to do landscape photography since reading Michael Kenna's "Abruzzo" book. The drive from Pompeii was surprisingly good, once we got clear of Naples. On rounding a bend approaching...read more
Despite living next door to the Peak District, it has been a good number of months since I was last able to be out in the Peaks taking photographs - the small matter of campervanning around Europe may have been a factor 🙂 So it was good to get up early...read more
After an afternoon of electrical storms, as evening came you could start to see the other villages with light glinting off the rain damp streets around the valley near Barrea in Abrruzo. Taken from the other end of the valley above the village of Barrea. ...read more
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