Photography Chris Routledge

I am primarily a landscape photographer, though I would widen that to include all kinds of landscapes, including urban landscapes. The difference between them is, in many ways, narrowing. I am interested in human interaction with the landscape, and the extent to which our view of rural landscapes in particular is expressed in idealised scenes that ignore or even erase human elements.

In particular, I have an ongoing interest in photographing landscapes that we tend to think of as natural or wild, but are in fact very humanised. In the English Lake District, for example, where I do most of my landscape work, there is a longstanding, but heightening tension between the landscape as an idealised version of nature, or the picturesque, and the large number of tourists, their cars, and tour buses. Of course that idealised version of the landscape is also a very human one, including stone walls, plantations, industrial sites, mines, quarries, and water works.

My photographs have appeared on book covers, and in books and magazines. Recent commercial clients include National Geographic Books and Links Project Management. In July 2015 I exhibited at the Northern Exposure exhibition at the Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester. For some years now I have been working with poet Rebecca Goss on a series of poem and image pairings which will appear as the book Carousel, published by Guillemot Press in Autumn, 2018.  I am currently working on a project concentrating on a small section of the river Rothay, near Rydal in the English Lake District. This will form the basis for a book and an exhibition in 2019.

If you are interested in buying prints there is a small, but growing selection in the Prints section, or get in touch using the contact form above. Prints available in small editions can only be ordered using the contact form as they will be signed and numbered before making their way to you.

My personal website, where I write about books, history and beer, among other things, is at chrisroutledge.co.uk