Andy Chattaway | Landscape & Nature Photography

About Andy

 

My love of landscape photography began more than 40 years ago but my passion for the subject is as strong as ever. When I was 12 years of age I asked my parents for a camera as a gift. I was immediately fascinated by the Polaroid film camera and the photographic process. But it is being outdoors experiencing nature and the landscape that really drives my passion.

I have always been most content whilst outdoors in the countryside and amongst nature. For as long as I can remember I have had a strong interest in the natural world, be it fauna, flora or geology. At 17 years of age I purchased my first 35mm SLR film camera, a second hand Zenith E, to make photographs of the landscape whilst out hiking. When I was 18 years old I joined the RAF and I took my camera everywhere with me, ready for any photo opportunity. One such opportunity that occurred whilst I was posted on Ascension Island in the south Atlantic, was photographing the beautiful but endangered Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) as they came ashore in their thousands (3500-5000) to lay their eggs in the sand. Whenever I was home on leave I would go hiking in the Peak District National Park with my camera and our Border Collie dog. In 2009 I changed from film camera to digital and I absolutely reveled in the exciting new technology. Living just a short drive from the beautiful and dramatic Peak District National Park is a real advantage and a constant source of inspiration for me. Also the Moss Valley is just a short walk away from home and is a stunning ancient woodland area. I especially love to photograph the coastal regions as they provide the opportunity to create dramatic, energetic and atmospheric photographs. Traveling in my camper van allows total freedom to find and explore a location, then wait for the best light and weather to make the photograph. These often fruitless, mostly solitary, but always enjoyable experiences fuel my passion for landscape photography. My Border Collie Jan was a constant companion and great company during often long and monotonous waiting for the light but sadly he recently died at 16 years of age. After all the years together it is sad hiking alone and I guess it’s going to take some time to adjust.

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Regards

Andy.

Winter hiking & location searching in the Peak District, England

Winter hiking & location searching in the Peak District, England

RIP Jan - My faithful companion - I took this photo of Jan, high up on Stanage Edge in the Peak District whilst waiting for sunrise. And it epitomises my times with him as his behaviour was, as always impeccable. He would sit by me whilst I waited for the right light to make the photograph. Thanks for your company, cuddles and companionship old fella.

RIP Jan - My faithful companion - I took this photo of Jan, high up on Stanage Edge in the Peak District whilst waiting for sunrise. And it epitomises my times with him as his behaviour was, as always impeccable. He would sit by me whilst I waited for the right light to make the photograph. Thanks for your company, cuddles and companionship old fella.