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Caitlin Turner's Photographs
The magic mountain that graces our landing page–Cribyn–was photographed by Caitlin Turner. We’re huge fans of her work here at Dryad, and no-one captures the mountains that we live and run among better than Caitlin. A sensitive, authentic, and growing body of work is evidence of her deep connection to the landscape she grew up in.
We asked her to share some favourite photographs, and she graciously provided six beautiful images–mountainous and coastal–along with captions, published below, and some tips for anyone interested in photographing their own surroundings, with the kind of light quality she handles so deftly (clue: you need to get up quite early).
A Welshwoman proud of her heritage, Caitlin was born in Cardiff and studied surface pattern design at Cardiff School of Art, graduating in 2018. Her interest in photography began earlier though, in her mid-teens. Disposable cameras soon gave way to a bigger DSLR, much better suited to the landscape photography she was drawn to making.
‘I find photography very calming and serene. I usually head out at dawn or the golden hour, a time where the world is silent and still. I don’t head out with a certain shot or set up in mind, I go for the freedom and impact that the outdoors has on me and mental health. The light during these times of day is something else. The serenity and calmness of being up and out so early, and experiencing the sun rise of a brand new day will never bore me! I love being able to capture these moments of calmness and tranquillity.’
Instagram is Caitlin’s preferred place to display her work (link to her page at the end of this article), and her posts are accompanied by poetic descriptions and little stories behind the making of the images. As a first language Welsh speaker, these are often written in Welsh and serve as further tribute to her home.
'Being outdoors and surrounded by nature and the natural light plays a huge part in my life…I get such a healthy mentality when I’m outdoors. Sadly this year we haven’t been able to get out much at all, and still being in work full time has been tough, so I make the most of the little walks I can do on the weekends. Walking and hiking has a great way of calming my mind and allowing me to let go of all stresses of modern life.'
Tips for budding landscape photographers?
'What I’d say to this is, don’t put any pressure on yourself to get ‘the perfect shot’. It’s not all about fancy set-ups etc, just get out there and immerse yourself in the beauty that’s around. I never set out with a specific shot in mind, nor do I plan a set-up, maybe this a controversial way of shooting, but it suits me! What I would say also, is to be conscious of the time of day you’re shooting. I love the hazy, pastel tones that come with a sunrise, and the golden, blasts of light that comes with golden hour. This’ll give you your aesthetic, and your work a more coherent style. My last tip, coffee! I’m never without a flask of coffee when out shooting, especially during sunrise, I couldn’t function! One of my favourite things to do is sit and watch the sunrise, with a mug of hot coffee, that just makes the morning even more special.
Our thanks to Caitlin for this insight into her practice, and we look forward to seeing her brilliant work develop over time.
Click here to see more of Caitlin's photography.