Renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish celebrates ten years in Yorkshire with new book
PUBLISHED: 16:07 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 12:05 28 February 2013
Renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish chooses his favourite Yorkshire locations
If the photography lover wont go to the gallery; the gallery will come to the photography lover. Thats the unusual premise behind Joe Cornishs latest book.
Gallery, a deceptively-simple title for such a lush publication, is his selection of the best-loved images that have adorned the walls of the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, over the last 10 years.
Themes from nature are never exhausted, he said. Continuing to develop a language of light and form that reveals the essence of the subject remains at the heart of my mission.
These pictures have proved especially popular in our gallery over the last decade. The accompanying words are a combination of pieces written at the time the images were first published, and new material written specifically for the book.
Joes favourite photographic locations are rural backdrops like Roseberry Topping and Malham Cove.
Although Malham Cove is instantly recognisable from the cliff face below that was once carved by a great waterfall, he said, its the view from the limestone pavement above that appeals to me.
From here the rolling countryside of the southern Dales forms a magnificent backdrop to an abundance of geographically fascinating foreground. I think that the characteristic drystone walls of the Dales are a particular treat, defining and tracing the ebb and flow of the landscape.
Yorkshires coastal havens draw him back again and again too. The location of Staithes is exceptional, said Joe. Its houses seem to grow from the cliff, creating a pleasing sense of man and nature in harmony.
I find the colour, texture and atmosphere of the place are at their best in the low sun of a winter afternoon.
Gallery - Ten Years at Joe Cornish Gallery
Snapshot of the artist
Joe Cornish was born in Exeter in 1958 and studied art at Reading University, graduating in 1980 and working as a photographic assistant for four years in London and Washington DC.
His early travel and landscape photography was accepted into Charlie Waites photolibrary, Landscape Only, in 1986. In the following nine years, he contributed to more than 30 travel books.
Joe moved to North Yorkshire in 1993. He started Joegraphic with his friends Joni and Joe Essex in 1999, publishing cards and calendars, and launched the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton in 2004.
Books continue to be at the heart of his work, including First Light: A Landscape Photographers Art; Scotlands Coast; Urbino, a rare departure into architectural photography; Roseberry Topping, a collaboration with Great Ayton Community Archaeology Group; and Joe Cornish: A Photographer At Work, a unique record of his working methods and philosophy.
Amateur Photographer honoured Joe in 2006 with its annual Power of Photography Award, and in 2008 he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.