East Anglia Based Landscape & Coastal Photography
Bio & Artist Statement
Hello and welcome
My name is Aron Radford I am a landscape photographer and digital artist based on the Essex/Suffolk border. I specialize in waterway and coastal photography in and around East Anglia. I travel the length and breadth of Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk capturing the beauty this wonderful part of the country has to offer whether that's through running workshops or expanding my personal portfolio.
I am still unsure why I am particularly drawn to landscapes and seascapes but it’s probably because my late father used these two elements extensively within his watercolor paintings when I was a child. It has been said that my photos have a "painterly" feel to them which I also guess is also due to my late father's influences and my own strong love of art when I was younger. I am country raised and love getting out to beautiful serene locations in East Anglia when no one else is around trying to capture their special rural idyllic country charm. Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk aren't the obvious counties most people associate with beautiful landscapes and vistas but I am keen to change this misconception and show the intrinsic beauty East Anglia holds.
It's only right of me to point out that I am not an old school "documentary" style landscape photographer. I suppose I am more of a modern-day “digital artist” who embraces advances in post-processing. I strive to create impactful images through thoughtful artistic post-processing choices that reflect me and my personal outlook on the world I see. I love colour, vibrancy, and luminosity and use these main elements to enhance my images to express mood and feeling in an artistic engaging way striving where ever possible to make the ordinary.....extraordinary! I want to be artistic and not just a documenter, I want to add a little something of myself into the final image as photography and art are invaluable mediums for expressing myself and connecting with people in a way that simply documenting locations can not.
For me, it's all about the initial emotional reaction to the final image and not the integrity of the processing style or the back story behind it. If I feel an image would benefit from some digital manipulation of any kind then I have no qualms about doing it. My artistic creativity is not bound by other people's opinions or views on such practices. However when and wherever I have used any composite elements in the processing of an image I have marked it with a [C] to indicate this for the purposes of full transparency. Being open and honest about such things I feel takes away any legitimacy to the persistent comment of "that's cheating". Who am I cheating if I tell you upfront how I have created the image? and what difference does it make to whether you like it or not? To my mind, compositry and digital manipulation should not be frowned upon but embraced as a way of creating beautiful artistic imagery.
My website holds many familiar and not so familiar images from Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk, as well as my bonus gallery from around the rest of the UK and my new Astro gallery too. Please stay a little while and browse my galleries and if any images should be of special interest to you I offer all my images as prints and as licensing agreements, please contact me through the contact page with any inquiries you may have. I am of course also available for 1-2-1 Workshops, and 1-2-1 home processing tutorials as well as any commission-based commercial work.
It just leaves me to say thank you for stopping by and please come back soon as I'm always adding new images.
All the best Aron.