Ian-Mayor---Nidd-Art-Trail

Ian Mayor

Photography

Summerbridge

About

After more than 20 years as a photographer I constantly strive with my techniques whilst exploring new directions. Drawn to remote, wild places my main interest has always been landscapes and seascapes although the range of my work is widening considerably.

My aim is always to capture the spirit of the moment as I experience it when the shutter is pressed. It is not just a visual sensation but also a visceral emotion that goes deep. I hope my images portray that. I try to depict the strength and resilience of nature whilst keenly highlighting where apparent permanence is fragile and delicate. Places where people live and work amidst wildness, sometimes thriving, at other times struggling but defiant, are also magnets to me. I constantly encounter metaphors for our lives – what we get wrong and what we do right. That has come into sharper focus because of Covid 19. The aftermath, like the nature I relish, will remain with us for a long time.

It is sometimes impossible to ignore the popular views. However, mainly I seek unexpected windows on the essence of places. They are often missed because life is frenetic. I hope I capture and help protect stillness.

Room To Bloom - Ian Mayor
Ian-Mayor---Nidd-Art-Trail

Ian Mayor

Photography

Summerbridge

About

After more than 20 years as a photographer I constantly strive with my techniques whilst exploring new directions. Drawn to remote, wild places my main interest has always been landscapes and seascapes although the range of my work is widening considerably.

My aim is always to capture the spirit of the moment as I experience it when the shutter is pressed. It is not just a visual sensation but also a visceral emotion that goes deep. I hope my images portray that. I try to depict the strength and resilience of nature whilst keenly highlighting where apparent permanence is fragile and delicate. Places where people live and work amidst wildness, sometimes thriving, at other times struggling but defiant, are also magnets to me. I constantly encounter metaphors for our lives – what we get wrong and what we do right. That has come into sharper focus because of Covid 19. The aftermath, like the nature I relish, will remain with us for a long time.

It is sometimes impossible to ignore the popular views. However, mainly I seek unexpected windows on the essence of places. They are often missed because life is frenetic. I hope I capture and help protect stillness.

Room To Bloom - Ian Mayor

My work

About my work

My selection of work for the Nidd Art Trail this year is based on themes of isolation, loneliness, and decline, with the contrasting emotion of hope versus challenge. Amidst all of that there is considerable beauty even where it is fragile and perhaps even clinging to life in the rawest, exposed and forbidding environments.

This is all, unashamedly, driven by my response to Covid 19 and my position as being particularly clinically at risk. That should not be interpreted as negative. The range of work you see is full of hope whilst recognising where life finds pockets to flourish, no matter how vulnerable the situation.

Whether it is a solitary farming outpost amidst a largely deserted dale, the seemingly impassable wall of a high mountain barrier on Skye or the lonely shieling offering shelter from Atlantic storms for traditional peat cutters, there is hope and refuge. In the fallen majesty of a tree in Nidderdale’s Old Spring Wood and the solitary waterside foxglove standing proud on the margins of wilderness, there is the realisation that life renews and finds a way despite what is thrown against it.

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