I’m a image maker based in a small rural Northumbrian village only two fields away from the family farm I grew up on.
With Northumberland as a home its iconic but subtle landscapes, coastline and nature in general have shaped my vision from an early age and continues to inspire me – though the thought of the challenge of a change of scene does appeal now and again.
A long time self-confessed nerd, I’m most comfortable not just out in the countryside or on the beach with a camera but also shut away in front of a computer for hours on end making images from the data our digital cameras produce. I’m one of those photographers who has no qualms of carrying out extensive processing work to perfect the image, what was actually there at the time of capture is only a starting point for me.
My preferred styles of photography are long exposure work – both vistas and minimalist, and the intentional camera movement abstract landscapes that I have been working on for about 3 years now.
My main photographic inspirations have been the works and techniques of Joel Tjintjelaar, Hengki Koentjoro, Valda Bailey and the seascapes of David Baker. Away from photography and inspiring my abstract landscapes are of course the late works of JMW Turner, depending on my mood a bit of Rothko, and I’ve recently discovered the work of Kerr Ashmore who is currently doing with a brush and paints the exact style of images I’m wanting to make with a camera and image processing.
After being part of regular YouTube photography discussion show Midweek Phototalk in 2012 I have been on the periphery of the team behind photography website fstoplounge.com since its inception and an occasional contributor since 2013.
April 2018 – Group Exhibition “#Connected2018” – Patchings Art Centre. Nottinghamshire
October 15th 2018 – Talk for Harrogate Photographic Society
February 19th 2019 – Talk for Eden Valley Camera Club
Landscape Editions: Volume 12 – “Intentional” Published by Kozu Books
May 2017 – “#ConnectedTEN” – Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham
May 2016 – “#Connected2016” – Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham
September 2015 – “Through the Lens” – Gallery 45, Felton
May 2015 – “#Connected2015” – Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham
“Commended” – Urban Category – Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
Featured In Print:
Book – Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 (2016)
Book – The Plus One Collection 2013
OnLandscape Featured Photographer – Issue 134 (April 2017) (Paywalled)
Wex Photographic – Creating Abstract Landscapes with ICM Photography (Oct 2016)
Digitalab Featured Photographer: Andy Gray (Nov 2013)
Photographer In Focus – Andy Gray | fstoplounge.com (May 2013)
Work Available from:
The Pineapple Cafe, Alnwick, Northumberland