“Allow a place to have its say”
Tony Gill celebrates his deep connection with the
Dorset landscape through his photography
For me Dorset is defined by its natural beauty and also best expressed through this wonderfully diverse landscape. Having been born and raised in Dorset I feel a deep-seated need to connect with my surroundings: the generous skies and dramatic coast, the elegant chalk hills and quietly grazed valleys, our ancient stooping woods and rare ling heathlands.
I am based in Dorchester, so it’s not long before I can walk out into the rural landscape - a marvellous contrast to the hustle and bustle of modern life. I’ve always been interested in photography and I’ve taken pictures all my life, so it was a natural step to record my surroundings.
Living with stunning scenery also brings responsibility; we may be fleeting guardians compared to the forces of nature, but we have a contract with our surroundings, a covenant we are often in danger of breaking.
To take a picture is to recognise the importance of what’s around you, to start a dialogue that may be silent but still says “Allow a place to have its say.”
See Tony Gill’s work at this local exhibition… This free exhibition at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park near Swanage explores some of Dorset’s most beautiful places through Tony’s photography and the stories of the people who live and work in this AONB. Open daily 10-4pm. durlston.co.uk.
Technical details: Canon 5D MkII with 24105mm lens at 84mm, 1/8 sec at f11 ISO 100
Tony Gill See more of Tony images at flickr.com/people/heytony