After the years of the pandemic – where photographers have often been forced to exist and shoot indoors, and removed from many of their natural projects and missions – it is liberating to explore them again. The effects of isolation were no more felt than among landscape photographers.
Colin Prior is a professional landscape photographer who draws inspiration from the natural world. “As a landscape photographer, you have to follow the seasons. That’s why the subject matter is so satisfying – you tap into the environment and adapt to the seasons, the same way our ancestors did. Essentially, we apply the same logic in hunting and gathering images! »
Colin will be appearing at the Photography Show tomorrow, and it’s your chance to hear in person from one of landscape photography’s most dedicated and passionate advocates, as he describes his adventures, experiences, inspirations and his philosophy of photography.
Tickets are still available to see Colin Prior at the photography fair in Birmingham, UK, on Saturday September 17 from 3.30pm to 4.45pm.
Colin Prior is an acclaimed landscape photographer with nearly four decades of experience. His previous books include Living Tribes (2003), The World’s Wild Places (2006), Scotland’s Finest Landscapes (2014) and he has just completed a six year project in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. He was the subject of three BBC documentaries called Mountain Man. Colin appears at The 2022 Photography Fair with his speech A state of imagination.
What’s the most interesting filming you’ve been on?
In the mid 90s I worked on four calendars for British Airways and flew on the front of planes on a big budget to 50 countries.
What is your dream project come true?
The above, but today with the appropriate budget, I would like to explore coastal forests, internationally.
What is your challenge as a pro?
To earn enough money to allow me to develop my personal projects.
What, apart from photography, inspires you?
The natural world.
What will photography be like for professionals in 10 years?
Good question, unrecognizable, I think.
What do you wish the cameras could do that they can’t now?
Simply put, if brands removed 85% of what’s in digital cameras, people could take better pictures. There’s a simple reason smartphones have killed off the compact camera and it’s because they only have one button. What we have in all digital cameras is utter madness – why does a professional like me with 40 years of experience have to spend three days listening to a YouTuber tell me how to set up a camera before I can utilize. Sort out the UI and remove the endless choices – just operate the camera.