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Artist profile - Sandie Nicholson, Holmfirth

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:26 26 April 2017

A woolly welcome along the Pennine Way on the Marsden Moor National Trust estate

A woolly welcome along the Pennine Way on the Marsden Moor National Trust estate

Sandie Nicholson

Sandie Nicholson is a photographer who lives in Holmfirth and is inspired by the surrounding Pennine landscape. We showcase some of her work here

Iconic Holme Moss with its transmitter shrouded in morning mistIconic Holme Moss with its transmitter shrouded in morning mist

There are few landscapes more dramatic than the Pennines and Sandie Nicholson appreciates how lucky she is to have such a perfect subject for photography on her doorstep. But it’s not just the dark and moody countryside she goes out to photograph.

‘I love capturing humour in my photographs, as well as the dramatic landscapes that we enjoy in the Yorkshire Pennines,’ says Sandie. ‘When I decide to take a photograph, I always ask myself if the scene fits one of two criteria: do I want to walk into this picture or does the scene make me smile?’

Sandie and Crumble, her faithful dog who often features in her pictures, are rarely alone on a photo shoot, often joined by the hardy livestock that roam the Pennine moors. Inquisitive sheep are favourite subjects among local farmers but Sandie does love to photograph the dramatic changes in weather be it ethereal morning mists or heavy snowfalls.

‘I live on the doorstep of Holme Moss, one of the highlights of the forthcoming Tour de France Grande Depart, and I believe that when the world descends on the Holme Valley for the race everyone will be as captivated as I have become by the stunning beauty of the place I am privileged to walk and photograph every day.’

Icy, winter grazing at Wessenden HeadIcy, winter grazing at Wessenden Head

Her landscape photographs have been shown on regional TV more than 400 times in the past four years, says Sandie, who loves to share the ever changing mood of the Yorkshire Pennine countryside with as many people as possible.

To see more of Sandie’s work go to her website photosofyorkshire.com or follow Sandie and Crumble on twitter at @holmfirthphotos

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