Tom is an award-winning landscape and dog photographer based in Whitley Bay, North East England, who brings an outstanding and beautifully curated series of images to his Picfair Store.
I take inspiration from a lot of photographers, especially those within the UK landscape photography scene. Particular favourites include Rachael Talibart, Neil Burnell, David Ward, Paul Kenny, and David Southern.
My best tip would be to master composition. When starting out I think a lot of amateur photographers overlook the impact of good composition and tend to get bogged down by the technical aspects of photography like settings, exposure, focus etc instead. Whilst I appreciate these are important to making good images, for a picture to be considered successful it should be able to hold a viewers attention for as long as possible. I feel it's much more desirable to have a compositionally sound image with a few technical flaws than to have a technically perfect image that nobody spends more than a few seconds looking at because of poor composition.
I don't have a single favourite photograph, however my image "Edge of Night' (see below) represents what I'm currently interested in visually. I find capturing the small, often overlooked details within a landscape in a unique and interesting way a really rewarding challenge. Much of my recent work focuses on recurring patterns in nature and trying to record them in an artistic and visually appealing way.