About Nick Oakley
I am a full-time landscape photographer based in Haslemere, Surrey.
Natural spaces have been close to my heart from an early age, and initially being out in the open was enough. Being curious, I had a habit of looking closely and enjoying the complexity or simplicity of natural details. Over time I realised that witnessing for myself was not enough; sharing the wonder became a passion. Making images through photography not only fulfils a desire to experience the world, but also offers an opportunity to extend the emotional connection with nature long after both of us have moved on. One tiny fragment of a moment that I have seen, enjoyed and distilled is saved to share and experience with other people.
Images that resonate with me the most draw on the mood of the seasons, or the weather and my own response to the landscape. Recognising the nuances of any landscape may be a lifetime’s work or can sometimes happen in an instant: but whether incorporating forces of nature or movement, elements of light and shade or scale, I hope to feel and share my own emotional response from an image.
When the elements for a great image are present but I know that, on their own, they do not contain the complexities necessary to hold the attention, I will explore the landscape through multiple exposures. Making one image with two or more elements often requires more creativity and opens up a much more personal interpretation of the world whilst adding a mysterious and unfamiliar depth, subtlety and richness to the final photograph that is compelling and rewarding. Mystery and wonder together in one image are matchless companions.
The final journey for any image is the print. A photograph on a website or social media is ephemeral and transient at best. The print is a tangible, perceptible, physical, solid connection to the moments or hours spent making the photograph at the beginning its journey. On paper that moment truly lives on.
I’ve been using Canon cameras and lenses since the 1990’s, moving from 35mm film to slide and now to digital photography and have been using a 5D Mk III for a while. I prefer the quality offered by fixed focal length lenses, opting for a 100mm macro, 200mm and 400mm. Inevitably I also need some flexibility at the shorter end and carry a 16-35mm f/4 zoom as well as a 24-70mm zoom. For multiple exposure work I generally prefer one lens and currently use a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
Virtually every photograph I shoot is taken using a tripod in the hope of achieving sharp, clear images even under close scrutiny. I currently use a Manfrotto 055 carbon fibre tripod with a modified geared head.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions. And thank you for visiting!