Leeming and Paterson
We have worked on many collaborations for over 12 years and exhibit our work both jointly and individually around the world, with fine art prints featuring in many private collections. We also lead dynamic and friendly photographic trips and workshops(of which some are in association with Ocean Capture) and offer private tuition and tours for groups and individuals together with dedicated mentoring programs and portfolio reviews. Although we've always offset the carbon footprint of our workshops, when our existing commitments come to an end in 2020, we will no longer be running workshops requiring travel by air due to the level of carbon emissions associated with them. As such, we will focus on local areas we know intimately and help clients to travel overland to the destinations. We are based between Liguria in Italy and rural south-west Scotland where we have a zero footprint smallholding, an eco-house powered and heated by its own wind turbine. The land is now fenced and reverting from agricultural pasture to native woodland as a result of planting over 3000 trees, while a polytunnel provides year-round vegetables for the table. We're hoping to replicate this lifestyle at our house in Italy. These venues and our lifestyle have formed the inspiration for a series of Zero Footprint projects with a minimised carbon footprint and the founding of the Zerofootprints community of photographers exploring issues surrounding climate change. We are very grateful to work with some fantastic partners including f-stop Gear bags, SmugMug, Paramo Outdoor clothing, Canon Sony & Panasonic cameras, Fotospeed and Ocean Capture workshops.
For over 35 years my work has been informed by a lifetime of growing up surrounded by the spectacular landscapes and coasts of the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and Scotland. A geography based academic background, together with various global travels exploring cultures and an underlying commitment to the environment have inspired my practice towards capturing the beauty of the natural world and man's interaction therein.
From a traditionalist photographic background followed by a series of projects studying light and composition my journey is now focussed towards projects exploring man's contribution towards the phenomenon that is climate change. I want the viewer to appreciate not only the sheer beauty of our planet but also to consider its fragility. That through our individual and corporate actions and policies we have the ability to create - or avoid - both local and global impacts that together have an irreversible effect on the weather, landscapes, flora, fauna and ultimately ourselves.
A sense of belonging underpins my photographic work, which varies from the wildly abstract to more literal representations of the natural world. For me, the art of photography is process-based, using the camera as a tool to express my engagement with any given location or subject. Deep immersion is necessary, and I often spend many hours and days on just a few meters of stream or coast, delving into possibilities, experimenting, observing the ever-shifting interplay of light with matter. Pondering our rapidly changing, disharmonious presence as a race, our separation from our origins, finds expression in my work, asking questions and seeking responses.
Spending many camera-free hours roaming on the hillsides of the southern uplands in Scotland or the wooded slopes around our smallholding in the Alpes-Maritime helps build my mental scrapbook and incubate ideas.
I'm currently exploring alternative processes and mixed media work, as well as installations. A key factor is trying to source and use either waste or recycled materials and environmentally paints, inks etc.