Leeming & Paterson

Ted Leeming and Morag Paterson are award-winning, professional landscape photographic artists based both in Italy and Scotland. Their striking imagery is widely published and has been exhibited around the world.

Meditative reflections on light, contemplative art of nature, unstructured nature of place, land:human nexus … these are but some of the themes flowing through the collective work of Leeming and Paterson.Their work has less to do with appearance, rather with effect. It reflects the desire to spread the ripple of wonder. The humbling state of awe that arises when faced with the god of little things in the tiny spaces of nature and the immensity of creative forces in the sweeping landscapes, waterscapes, seascapes and human-scapes of our environment. Going further than simple aesthetics their work explores the landscape and our human interactions therein in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.

The natural world forms the basis of inspiration for many of their collaborative images and projects. With dreamlike depictions of land and sea, alongside environmental feasts for the eyes and the lens, the Leeming and Paterson visual ecologues command sharp intakes of breath as they crystalise this fragile paradise we all call home.

As leading artists and photographers in their field, Leeming and Paterson are living embodiments of their concepts and practices of give-back and upskilling practitioners. As well as exhibiting and selling fine art prints,  they are experienced mentors. They lead dynamic and friendly photographic trips and workshops as well as offer private tuition and tours for groups and individuals together with dedicated mentoring programs and portfolio reviews.

In line with their lifestyle choices, Ted and Morag are going to donate 15% from all future print sales to a selection of charities they support.  These include Trees For Life, Medecins San Frontieres, SolarAid and Surfers Against Sewage.  For every three paying mentoring clients they will try to offer a free mentoring session to someone from a disadvantaged background.

Meet The Artists

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Morag Paterson

A sense of belonging underpins my work, which varies from the wildly abstract to the more literal representations of the natural world. Deep immersion is part of my process. I often spend weeks on end intensely observing elements of landscape, delving into possibilities, experimenting, observing the ever-shifting interplay of light with matter. Pondering our rapidly changing, disharmonious presence as a species is key to my expression through a lens. The distance we have travelled from living in harmony with nature to our ‘civilised’ urban selves is a journey that is of constant fascination. That separation from our origins finds expression in my work, asking questions and seeking responses. I hope that my imagery may offer avenues for reconnecting with our place in the natural world and deepening existing bonds.

Over the last seven years, I’ve deliberately restricted my subject matter to be as local as possible - far from restricting possibilities, this opens up potential with every new footstep, every repeat visit to a venue.

I’m also a keen community volunteer and my experiences of engaging with issues such as contested land use and the national ambition for a just transition to meet the net-zero target increasingly feeds into my work. I am currently exploring alternative processes and mixed media work, as well as installations.

A key factor is to be able to source and use waste or recycled materials as well as environmentally sourced paints and inks.

I see and feel the impact on the land in my professional and everyday life so we work hard to live lightly. 

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Ted Leeming

I am increasingly focussed towards issues and themes linked to climate change,  biodiversity and human-environmental interactions. I find myself drawn to slow and unstructured explorations of place - be they large or small, manmade, urban, rural or natural - to allow sufficient time to consider & respond to the subject rather than merely pass through.  The exploration itself is often as important as the outcomes and where possible I seek to deliver each with a minimised footprint, be it travelling on foot, by bike or projects local to home, using public transport where possible for more distant trips.  In doing so I become more aware and seek to implement and share the thoughts we make as individuals, corporations and governments, including the consequences of each with respect to the whole.  

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