James is an award winning Peak District landscape photographer, who lives just a short distance from the National Park’s border.
He first took up photography in 2008 and within months had taken his first national award winning photograph for Trail Magazine and the Keswick Mountain Festival with his image ‘The Last Push’ featuring his friend and rock climber, ascending a bouldering route on Ramshaw Rocks. The image was judged by acclaimed rock climber, Leo Houlding.
James then went on to win the 2010 Peak District Photography Competition in association with the Buxton Festival with his image of a lone walker on Kinder Scout, titled ‘A Kinder Wonderland’.
He has a passion for the outdoors, walking and photography. He has extensively visited areas in the UK and broadened his horizons visiting other counties, but home is where the heart is.
James has worked with Visit Peak District as a Destination Photography Partner since 2010 and has also undertaken regular commissions for the JD Sports Group which includes portfolios such as Blacks Outdoors and Ultimate Outdoors. His work has also taken him to an international level, working on a commission for Monarch Airlines in Cyprus.
James’s has self-published his photography guidebook to the Peak District, titled Peak District Through The Lens. This 400-page guidebook took you from the honeypots to the hidden gems of the Peak District, whether a walker, photographer or sight-seer. It aimed to provide a definitive guide to the Peak District as well as helping to improve the reader’s photography. It was no steady ride to get there, but James managed to secure enough funding from a crowdfunding campaign to go full steam ahead and self-publish. The belief people had in him only inspired him more. The book was published and was a huge success, ranking as the most reviewed Peak District publication on Amazon with over 80, five star reviews.
James runs regular workshops in the Peak District, Snowdonia and further afield including regular residential Isle of Skye Photography Workshops. He prides himself on having over 100 5-star reviews across Facebook and Google for his workshops. He runs traditional easy access workshops through to multi-day hiking and wild camping workshops, catering for all abilities and needs.