Mark’s Dorset Top Five
1) Corfe Castle: In the right conditions on a misty morning it’s an amazing place. That air of mystery and romance from a ruined castle on a hilltop, surrounded by fog, is hard to beat. I’ve taken goodness knows how many photographs of it over the years, but I still get drawn to it.
2) Swanage: Partly because I’m lazy and it’s on my doorstep, but also because it’s a fantastic place – both the old pier and the beach are great photographic subjects. There’s a limited number of compositions you can get but you can always find something just a little bit different.
3) Kimmeridge Bay: I’ve been shooting Kimmeridge for about 25 years now and I’m still finding new angles. The great thing about the coast is that it’s in constant change. Rocks get washed up or washed away and things get covered with sand or revealed by the tide.
4) Hod Hill: This is a place that’s a little bit under- photographed, and if you don't get the right conditions it can be a real challenge. But if there’s nice side- lighting, with a good sky or mist in the valley, it looks amazing. I visited over Christmas when we had fantastic frost and mist and I got a lot of images I was really pleased with.
5) Winspit & Seacombe: This pair of coves on the Purbeck coast are old quarries, and are rugged and dramatic. They’re beautiful places, but one of the reasons I like them is that you don’t find many photographers there. You’ve a very good chance of having the place to yourself, which I find enhances the experience.