My name is Jonny, I’m 42 from Kendal.
I’ve lived in Cumbria for 21 years, married to Pamela and spent 10 years in Carlisle working on the Raffles Estate. Since moving to Kendal in 2011, and working as a minister, I’ve rediscovered my love for photography. This has been so important for me and my mental health in the busyness that all life throws at us.
Originally from Manchester I spent my time all around photographs whilst working for the Manchester Evening News from school. Photographs create so much emotion. I remember the Manchester bomb and looking through the folders of pictures of what our photographers caught in the horrific destruction of the Arndale Centre. Being in that environment led me to spend many years at art college studying graphic design/photography before training for the ministry. Design and photography never left me and has always helped me as an added skill.
Since arriving in Kendal and being only 8 miles from Windermere, I’ve been able to discover special places that are often off the beaten track. For a time, I worked for Cumbria Police in the Lakes and got to see and work in some of the most magnificent places. This reminded me that we can’t take the amazing views of the Lakes for granted.
I’m now starting a new church, which has given me time to reflect and engage with the outdoors more. Since having Covid in March 2020 and being driven on blue lights to Lancaster – life gets put into perspective. Seize the day and what is in front of you. Since changing from my Panasonic G80 I’ve fallen in love with my Sony A7iii. Before the January 2021 lockdown – I was able to get up to Helvellyn in November 2020 and catch a sunrise.
The picture above was captured around 7am, after setting out at 5am to get to the summit for the sunrise. I arrived and the sky was just magnificent – I was like a boy in sweetie shop, didn’t know where to look. There were so many angles and possible compositions around... This particular image was shortlisted for the one lake district competition. Since having Covid in March – I’ve taken every opportunity when the conditions have been right to get out for exercise and to think outside the box. Yes, Helvellyn is a popular well-known destination but there are many places that are off the beaten track. I’m often setting out very early to capture a sunrise and to get to the place as the sun rises.
Getting out and capturing that unique shot is so rewarding on many levels. Whilst in lockdown I’ve been challenging myself with wildlife photography after hiring a 200-600m lens to capture a Kingfisher. Its not my preferred area but it’s good to learn new skills. Since moving over to the Sony A7, I have been short listed for a number of competitions, Unsplash International Awards 2020, Ordnance Survey OS map Competition and now selling prints via photo4me online. Many friends have contacted me to take them to these locations and to show them how to take pictures and great compositions.
I’d love in the future to buy a small camper van and take people out into the lakes photographing the wonderful World Heritage Site – we nestle in.