I always find these ‘About’ pages a bit awkward. I guess that I’m supposed to offer some kind of information that sets me apart from other photographers, or gives you an insight into my USP. I’ve found that in doing that, I end up with an ‘About’ page that just looks the same as the other 5,000,000 photographers in the world. Instead, I’ll just blather on for a few paragraphs and I’m sure that we can get through this together!
I was born in Crosland Moor, Huddersfield in what used to be an old Workhouse. Throughout my childhood, my Dad used to take me out walking on the hills around Huddersfield and fishing (spectacularly unsuccessfully) at the local reservoirs. Although I caught nothing by the way of fish, through these outings I did develop a love of Pennine countryside. The country trackways, drystone walls, old drinking troughs, gritstone outcrops and contoured views were embedded so deeply in my psyche, that even now I couldn’t stay off of the hills if I tried.
Another interest that I have held since childhood, is history. Particularly the history of the Pennines, from the first Mesolithic hunters that followed the herds and made their camps on the local hilltops, to the industrialisation of the valleys and those people who toiled in the mills and factories, fighting for the rights that we now benefit from. I feel the weight of history in every corner of the Pennines.
I’ve always been a sucker for a good story and love nothing more than hunting down history and folklore in these bleak hills. Be it a remote standing stone, a panel of ancient rock art, or a place where a historic event happened. This is what informs my photography. I have nothing against a nice photo of a photogenic place, but find that history and folklore add another dimension to an already atmospheric image. I’m not a conventional photographer in the sense that I love all things photographic, but see the medium as a method of storytelling.
So now you know a bit more about me and what pushes my buttons. I hope that you will enjoy my meanderings on this blog and visit my website at ahgphotography.co.uk.