I’m an outdoor photographer originally from Scotland but now living on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park in the UK. I am also husband to an awesome wife and father to a gorgeous and hilarious young daughter.

 

I call myself an outdoor photographer. I could otherwise be called a landscape photographer or, rather excitingly, an adventure photographer. I’m less concerned with putting myself in a box and more about putting myself outside with a camera in my hand!

 

Photography is my passion and I love being in the outdoors often creating serene and tranquil images as a quiet repost to the hectic world we live in. Hopefully they convey the sense of peace, freedom and wonder I find when I’m alone in the wild.

 

My Background

As a boy growing up in the Scottish Borders I was enthralled by computers more than the beautiful world around me. I pursued that passion and studied Software Engineering in Manchester before moving to London in 1999 to take up a job as a software developer. I returned to the North West in 2007 when my company opened a new office in Salford. This coincided with my 30th birthday, my marriage to my wife several months later and also with developing a passion for photography. Quite a busy period!

 

My father and grandfather had always been photographers but for whatever reason I shunned it. I wasn’t particularly creative either musically or artistically at school, and those lessons clashed with my more proficient classes in computing studies, maths and physics. As much as I consider software development to be as much art as science, it felt that creativity was for other people.

 

During my late 20s I started using point and shoots then bridge cameras as I started to explore the world more widely. This ignited something in me, slow at first, during what I like to think as a period of “waking up”, being less of a young man intent on chasing enjoyment in its less desirable forms and becoming more aware of the world, his place in it and his legacy. In preparation for a trip to Iceland – a place that I love dearly – as a 30th birthday present from my parents in 2007 I picked up my first DSLR (Canon 400D). I think this was the start of me saying “I no longer want to be a consumer and destroyer of things, I want to be a creator”.

 

Since that point I have developed my photography with an ever growing passion and fervour. I love being in the field making images, in beautiful and often peaceful surroundings in all manner of weather. My heart literally skips when the conditions are right, when I see something I am attracted to. I want to translate what I see but, more importantly, what I feel into an image that conveys that earthy isolation. And even when things don’t work out photography-wise I have still spent several hours exposed to nature where I feel a strangely enthralling yet calming sensation.

 

I’m now at a point where, in my own eyes at least, my work is reasonably accomplished. That’s not to say that I feel I’ve reached the destination in my journey. In more ways than one my journey has just begun. But I believe I’m now able to capture and present images that continue to move me after the event.

 

So despite my “non-creative” beginnings I feel I’ve found a creative side to me, one that I enjoy immensely and have a desire and confidence to share. Ultimately I think we are all creative and all have a gift to share. This gift is often represesed either by others or even more often by ourselves. We just need to dig, uncover and share it with the world.

 

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Prints of all of my images are available for purchase on my website: www.duncanfawkes.com

 

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All images are copyright © Duncan Fawkes 2012

 

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  • JoinedAugust 2007
  • OccupationSoftware Development Manager
  • Current cityHadfield
  • CountryUnited Kingdom
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