What made you get into photography?
Johnny: “I think it was the love of natural landscapes. Having grown up obsessed with movies and always taking an interest in cinematography, I think it stemmed into other aspects of capturing scenery whether on film of through a photograph.
James: “ I remember my parents buying me an SLR Camera and taking it to Cornwall for the first time. Being able to capture the Cornish landscape and discovering many ways to adapt and image, the possibilities felt endless and I realised how much I loved photography.
You seem to visit many areas around the UK, including Jersey, Guernsey, The Lake District and Cornwall to name a few. Is it important to you to capture you’re home country?
James: “Yes definitely, the landscape in the UK is pretty unique when you actually get out there and have a look around.”
Johnny: “And, we’re both proud to be British and there is so many beautiful places the UK has to offer that so many Brits don’t realise. Also, we were both very lucky to grow up with parents and grandparents who loved the outdoors and all things Britain, so visiting places like The Yorkshire Moors, Cornwall or the Channel Islands was the norm for us.
Johnny, you mentioned that many Brits don’t realise what landscape Britain has to offer. What do you mean by that?
Johnny: “Well, I think there is somewhat of an belief that the UK doesn’t have breath-taking scenery to offer, say like New Zealand, which is sad because it does. I mean, the Lake District is spectacular and I truly believe that there aren’t many coastlines that can match the Southern Peninsula of Cornwall, or the rolling hills of the both the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Dales. I just think that some people write Britain off without actually getting out there and seeing it for themselves, which is a shame.
James: “It is a shame because throughout our childhood we went everywhere is the UK and there were places that some Brits have never even heard of! It’s surreal really, but actually recently I think what we’re seeing are more Brits staying at home throughout the holidays, so hopefully the attitudes will change.”
Like you said, you’ve seen many places around the UK, where is your favourite place to photograph?
James: “I’d say Cornwall. I’ve been going since I was little and I just love the coastal landscape around there. It’s incredibly diverse and the lighting is unlike any where I’ve photographed.
Johnny: “That’s a difficult question for me because each location brings its own sense of character, but if I had to choose, I would say Jersey. The sunsets on that Island are unbelievable and the way of life is so relaxed which for a ‘stress-head’ like me, is bliss.
Do you have a specific technique to get the right photograph, like lighting for example?
Johnny: “Um… lighting is important, but with landscape photography or any photography that is outside amongst the elements, achieving the right lighting can be difficult, so I would have to say no. I would say for me personally, the composition is the most important. This year when we were in Jersey, by sheer chance three Surfers walked by me whilst I was struggling to photograph something besides just another sunset. Something as simple as that can trigger an idea and I thought that the three of them, walking into the surf would make a brilliant photo. So I started snapping away and it was perfect, the positioning of the three guys… they were positioned perfectly next to each other. So composition is the specific technique I use.
James: “This is where, we disagree with each other (laugh). Lighting is the paramount in my opinion to what takes a photo from good to great. That’s why I love Cornwall so much, like I said earlier, there is nowhere that has lighting like the Southern peninsula of England.
You seem to have a lot of images taken of the coast, is that for a specific reason?
Johnny: “To some extent, I would say yes but I think with landscape photography you never really know what you’re going to be photographing next. One day it could be a stormy sea, the next, a volcano in Iceland, so it’s all conjecture really. But, I think for both of us, the ocean is something that just photographs well despite any weather. For me, the unpredictability of the coast can be addictive because you never know what you’re going to get. So, to answer your question, I would say, yes we take lots of photos of the ocean but I wouldn’t say it is completely for a specific reason (laugh).
James: “I agree, we do visit a lot of places on the coast, but if I’m honest it is never planned. We just capture what we see and we seem to see the ocean a lot. That doesn’t mean I don’t like photographing the coast though!”
You mentioned Iceland, do you plan on going further afield in the future?
Johnny: “Absolutely, though where is the big question. Iceland was stunning and truly breath-taking and a complete dream for a photography, but I think we’d probably head somewhere with a warmer climate next time (laugh). That’s not to say no to Iceland again, I just think, when it comes to venturing further afield, we’ve only just scratched the surface.
James: “Absolutely, I’m hoping we can get to Venice or Hawaii or even Australia. Somewhere that is slightly different to the UK so we can broaden our scope as photographers. I think we will always want to go back to Iceland one day as there was much we didn’t see, but what we did was amazing.”
Keeping with the theme of future. What would you like to achieve in the future regarding Reed Gallery?
Johnny: “Ha, that’s a big question which I don’t think I can answer. Well, actually maybe I can, we are planning on releasing a book sometime in the future and actually selling our photographs through our own website. At the moment, however we just like showcasing our images and hope people are liking what they see.
James: “I think Johnny’s right, all we’re focusing on now is getting as much recognition as possible, whether through word of mouth or social media. The bigger the exposure the larger the impact of our photography can reach.
Final question, out of all you photographs, which is your favourite?
Johnny: “I think anything by the ocean, though if I had to pick I would say, there is another surfing photograph which was taken by chance. It was of a Scottish father and son and just thought the whole tone of the photo of these two small figures heading to the sea to spend time with each other, and it cost nothing to do so, was very touching, so I think that would be my favourite.
James: “Mine is quite easy to pick. I really am proud of the black and white photograph of La Corbiere Lighthouse in Jersey. I love the reflection of the lighthouse in the water and the tone of the photo is stylistic whilst honest to the location.”