Sunderland-born landscape photographer makes his Mark
PUBLISHED: 07:33 18 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013
Jo Haywood snaps up the latest book by outstanding Sunderland-born landscape photographer Mark Denton
Dunstanburgh Castle has never looked better. Surrounded by eerie, misty water and with a gathering of strangely animalistic hump-backed rocks at its feet, it stands proud and ethereal against a pale lilac sky.
Few people have seen it in its early morning glory before, but now, thanks to the photographic artistry of Mark Denton, it has been captured forever.
His new book, England: The Panoramas (Constable, 30), is a collection of 100 of the most breathtaking views in the country and includes a host of astounding hidden treasures on a par with Dunstanburgh
Most of the images featured have been captured at the magical, dramatic hours of dusk and dawn, offering a richly hued and expressive interpretation of our most awe inspiring scenery.
These celebratory views, aimed at reawakening our sense of pride and wonder in places we often take for granted, are the culmination of five years work for the Sunderland-born photographer often in the least hospitable conditions.
Braving lens-freezing early mornings and blustery late night gales to pinpoint optimum weather and light conditions, he has managed to capture famous locations like Roseberry Topping and The Cobb in Lyme Regis as well as lesser known views such as the sound mirrors at Denge and Curbar Edge in the Peak District.
Mark, now settled with his family in Yorkshire, has carved out a name for himself in recent years as one of Britains most talented landscape photographers, specialising in the panoramic format. Though entirely
self-taught, he has won the respect and acclaim of influential visionaries such as Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite.
When you are settled and confident with your equipment you can begin to interpret the landscape as it should be, and to a certain extent how you want it, said Mark. Prior to using the panoramic format, I was never certain of what to shoot and whether the results would be up to scratch. Now I feel that the only variable is in the weather and light. Fortunately the English climate provides plenty of variety.
He has studied all manner of landscapes through his work, but is consistently drawn back to the coast.
I think living the majority of my life next to the coast, it will always have a pull for me, he explained. I am drawn to the coast wherever I am in the world. The sea can be incredibly dramatic and at other times serene and calming. While I never knowingly put myself in danger, the number of soakings Ive had from incoming tides gives you a good sense of its power.
Mark spends a great deal of time on North East beaches searching for his next great image and is constantly surprised by how quiet.
Its funny that for such beautiful locations, I rarely see anyone in the bays when I visit, he said. Even on warm summer days they are sparsely populated. I shouldnt really complain though as it makes my job easier.