Yorkshire Life Reader photos - Andy Hemmingway
PUBLISHED: 00:16 24 February 2011 | UPDATED: 11:59 28 February 2013
Hundreds of photographs taken by Yorkshire Life readers have been uploaded on to our website over the past few months. We showcase the work of Andy Hemmingway
Hundreds of photographs taken by Yorkshire Life readers have arrived by email or have been uploaded on to our website over the past few months.
We have particularly enjoyed these from Andy Hemingway who has made photography his life
I held a lifelong love of the sometimes bleak but always beautiful hills and moors of the Pennines, said Andy who is a graphic designer and commercial photographer from Barnsley. My photography captures the changing moods and often dramatic atmosphere of the hills I call home.
I was born and raised in Huddersfield. My passion for the Yorkshire landscape began at an early age. My father would often take me on walks from an early age, in the hills around where I grew up. Some of my earliest memories are of drystone walls, old water troughs and the local focal point which can be seen from almost anywhere in Huddersfield, Castle Hill.
I studied for a BTEC in art and design at Huddersfield Technical College, before graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1991 with a BA(Hons) degree in fine art printmaking.
My work has always been about the landscape. Not just how nature has shaped its contours but how human beings have lived and interacted with the land. From traces of prehistoric habitation, to the scattered gateposts and millstones, it is easy to forget that many landscapes were until quite recently working landscapes. The people who lived on the land had to somehow eke out a living and they left their works, stories and names behind for us to find if we care to look.
I believe it is important to know the locations where I take my pictures intimately. I research the history and folklore of the areas that I photograph and by visiting locations often, you begin to understand how the light at different times of year falls on the views that you want to capture.
Sometimes you have to wait for months or even years for the perfect conditions to capture the image that you have envisioned. Landscape photography is about so much more than capturing the scene before you but attempting to capture something of the spirit of the place.
Andy has an exhibition at Castleton Visitors Centre in Hope Valley, from July 2nd 30th with colleague Chris Charlesworth.
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