Alderney, the third largest of the Channel Islands, is one of the few unspoiled, peaceful, natural and totally relaxing British Isles. It’s a small island – just three and a half miles long and one and a half miles wide – but it’s an oasis with an ancient and varied history, beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs, along with a remarkable range of terrestrial and marine habitats supporting an impressive number of flora and fauna.
Having photographed the island for over 20 years, I have built up an intimate knowledge of good locations as well as a deep understanding of the weather and light – finding subjects that suit the prevailing light is one of my key guiding principles on every visit. I’ve photographed the landscape throughout the year, and have yet to see air clearer than in February, and the skies more dramatic than in October…
During my final year at university in 2004-5, my major project concentrated on the role the photograph takes in modern travel and tourism marketing, using the island of Alderney as a case study. My practical project included self-publishing a series of high-quality postcards (which are still being sold exclusively through the Alderney Wildlife Trust shop on the island), bookmark and coffee-table book, all illustrated by my photography. During the course of this project I built a strong connection with the Alderney Tourism department and they came to be one of my key graphic design and photography clients during 2005-6.
The purpose and reasoning behind my images of Alderney have been varied – some have been commissioned by clients for specific graphic design projects, others taken for use by the island’s travel and tourism department in the international promotion of the island as a holiday destination, some are now available as stock imagery on istockphoto.com, but many have been taken for personal projects. Both ‘Seascapes’ and ‘Atlantic Wall’ are works-in-progress and I hope you will take a few moments to explore these projects too.
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