Growing up on the edge of the North York Moors, Simon has always enjoyed the great outdoors and interacting with nature. Much of Simon’s childhood years were spent exploring his local forest where he built dens and later became an avid mountain biker. Whether it be on two wheels, in a kayak or on a snowboard, Simon adored experiencing everything that mother nature has to offer in all her seasons.
Upon suffering a back injury in 2012, Simon was no longer able to enjoy his active outdoor lifestyle and was forced to reassess his personal and professional future. A transformation started in 2014 when a Labradoodle puppy came into Simon’s life and encouraged him to reconnect with the outdoors and to dust off his camera. Having owned cameras since the 80s, Simon’s rekindled interest in photography soon became his passion and encouraged him to rediscover his surroundings at a much slower pace in the company of his joyous dog, Meg.
Simon soon discovered that the practice of photography within quiet woodlands is profoundly therapeutic and he’s devoted much of his time to photographing the peaceful atmosphere of these important and magical places. As with his mountain biking, Simon is passionate about making the most of what is available locally and thrives off the solitude and being creative deep within rarely trodden woodlands. Simon’s primary need is to manage chronic pain but strives to craft images which do justice to the woodlands that continue to benefit his well-being. It’s the journey from discovery to print that gives him fulfilment and serves as a constant reminder that there’s much more to happiness in his photography than a great photograph.
Simon is best known for his YouTube videos in which he shares his relaxed and considered approach to woodland photography. His videos also communicate the benefits of an emotional connection to the landscape and the joys of sharing your time outdoors with a four-legged friend. Although Simon enjoys creating further afield, his most recognised work is a result of his unique approach to photography in the quiet corners of North Yorkshire and his empathetic commitment to the places he loves.
Commended, Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016
Choice Winner, Outdoor Photography Magazine, LPOTY 2016
Winner, Light on the Land, Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017
Featured, Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018
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