Togspace catches up with Manchester-based landscape and nature photographer Kieran Matcalfe
Thank you for taking some time to share with us your photography Kieran, could you tell us a little about yourself as a photographer and why you like landscape photography in particular?
I’m a freelance web & graphic designer from Manchester, and needing to be creative on-demand for clients can be quite draining. Photography gives me a chance to get out of the house and to be spontaneous whilst working to my own tastes and brief. Being able to get out into the fresh air and the stillness of the countryside focuses your attention on what is around you, rather than the busyness of the day.
One of your favorite locations to photograph is the Peak District National Park. The image below 'Parkhouse Hill' won the National Parks photography competition. Could you tell us a little about this image and the opportunities that came from this?
That's right, the Peak District is my usual hunting ground, with many places about an hour at most from home. After winning the 2019 Campaign For National Parks photography competition with the shot of Parkhouse Hill, I was delighted to be asked to become an ambassador for both Let’s Go Peak District (a hub for tourism and local business) and for Formatt Hitech filters, whose products I use a great deal in my work.
Your photography has been featured in a variety of magazines and exhibitions, could you tell us a little more about some of the places that you've exhibited your photography?
Yes, I'm proud to have had my work featured on national and regional television, newspapers (including Guardian, Mirror, Sunday Times) and magazines (including Nat Geo Traveller, Amateur Photographer, Practical Photography) and thoroughly enjoyed being part of a 9-week exhibition by Staffordshire Moorlands Council last autumn with 12 other Peak District photographers.