“Al­low a place to have its say”

Dorset - - On Air With Steve Harris -

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

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