Graham Lyth

I don’t really like writing about myself, but every photographer’s website has one of these pages, doesn’t it? I refuse to write it in the third person, however :-)

First things first. I’m British, I love landscape and travel photography, and I’m based in Shropshire, England.

The Start

My love for photography was sparked at an early age when my parents gave me a camera as a Christmas gift. I don’t remember the year, but I do also remember receiving Operation and a Simon electronic game that same year, so I’m guessing early 80’s. The camera was a Halina Supershooter, which used teeny 110 format film; not exactly pro quality but what did I care – I was ten years old! My obvious enthusiasm led to a short stint in charge of my primary school’s small clutch of Olympus Trip cameras. Oh, the power!

The Past

Things ticked along for a few years until the time I left for University. My interest was reignited by a close friend and I bought a 35mm Ricoh compact; I was was clearly hooked because soon after that I blew my first student loan on a Pentax Z-1 and built a collection of lenses. My first proper job was as a studio portrait photographer, which was rewarding and stressful in equal measure. My heart was really in landscape and travel photography, however, and I pointed my career in a different direction a few years later.

I used 35mm Fuji transparency film along with Kodak HIE Infrared and Ilford Black & White, for over ten years. The images I shot, in particular those from trips to the American Southwest (some of which can be seen on this site), have served me well. I made the switch to digital – and Nikon – in 2004, and now primarily use a Nikon D800 with a clutch of Nikon lenses.

How I do things

As you will see from my galleries, landscape and travel photography is my passion and I’m lucky enough to have visited and photographed some very special places. When on location, I like to slow down where possible and take inspiration from the mood and feeling of the surroundings. The early morning and late evening are the times where the light really starts to bring out the character of a location, and I am rarely happy with images shot during other times of the day.

I’m thrilled to have supplied many of my photographs as prints for customers around the world, and have been published in books, brochures, postcards and textbooks. I have had some of my images used as six-foot long enlargements in a children’s museum, bespoke artwork for restaurant walls, and even printed on Christmas decorations!

The Future

One of things I often ponder is why I haven’t found as much inspiration in shooting the landscapes of my home country of England as I have elsewhere in the world. I still don’t have the answer, but this is something I hope to explore further (and hopefully rectify!) in the coming months and years.