Allsopp, Bill

Why do I photograph? Because I have to; it has long been so. I have choice in what I photograph but not otherwise. My passion is photographing the British landscape and I am delighted that my images have been commended by the judges in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition and won a place in the Awards book and at the London exhibition on several occasions.

I have come to the understanding that, even for landscape photography, the broad view is not always the best view. The less you include in a frame the more you see of what really matters. That concentration on subject matter is what gives impact to an image; that and the use of light.

In the words of Belgian pictorialist Leonard Misonne “Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything.” I believe it is light and the quality of it, the highlights, shadows, contrast and tonal range, or lack of it, which elicit an emotional response. A photographer needs to see the quality of light, not just colours.