When we were last in Harris last spring we noticed a new gallery ( the Hebscape Gallery ) on the way in to Tarbert from North Harris. It was not open so we peered in through the window. A photography gallery and cafe was in its final preparations and getting ready for the season. It is the gallery of professional photographer and tutor Darren Cole. Checking out his website has turned up another stunning set of landscapes of the Isle of Harris.
His approach is inspirational and breaks out of the rules that force landscape photographers to stick to only what the lens and camera can do and not what Photoshop or adding other media can turn it into. Darren has the confidence in both his photography and his vision of the final image that he uses “subtle brush work” painting to stunning effect. I like it. We love landscape photography and contemporary landscape art. This combines both to achieve an incredibly beautiful end result.
The title includes the concept of lenssape embracing the idea that the its a camera and landscape art combined. Clicking the image will take you to his lenscape series.
Its fine art and no bad thing. The final image is everything and these are fantastic images. Darren decries his approach on his blog as applying painting techniques. He is a photographer first and foremost and lectured on the subject at the University of West of England in Bristol. No doubt aware of the debate and rules that separate photographers from painters or even using photoshop as an another art form Darren goes beyond the petty restrictions and concludes –
“I had shrugged off the burden of fake painting filters and clever plug-ins and made something that had photographic integrity but looked like a real painting! And so the Lenscape series was born ” – Darren Cole.
Here here and looking forward to being there this year. Looks like another photographer has fallen in love with the Isle of Harris. Best Wishes with the Gallery.