Welcome to my website, my name is Glenn Miles. I have been taking photographs of the landscape for over twenty five years and what started as a hobby has now become a passion. Like all landscape photographers I have a passion for the landscape, the environment, and its relationship to us (humans).
Living in the North-west of N.Ireland, I am very lucky to have some breathtaking scenery right on my doorstep. So, as can been seen from my photos, they are predominantly of this area of outstanding natural beauty. I am also lucky to live close to Donegal in the Irish Republic which allows me to photograph another beautiful part of the world. The landscape on the western seaboard of Ireland is truly wonderful and unspoilt.
Photographing the landscape means photographing something that is not there, as it is all about the light and the quality of that light. For myself, landscape photography is a spiritual journey and my inspiration, especially for black and white photography, comes from the legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) whose photographs of the American West are breathtaking.
Being a landscape photographer, you inevitably spend a lot of time alone, so it helps if you enjoy your own company. As I have been alone since early childhood, it comes naturally to me to spend many hours or days alone in the landscape and amongst nature. My photographs are a very personal thing and are not taken, for, or to please anyone else. They are thoughts and emotions which come from the raw power of nature. When I am alone in nature, I feel connected and inspired by my surroundings which I don't get when other people are around. Inspiration comes from being alone in a forest or standing on a deserted beach looking out to sea and waiting for the light to change a mundane landscape into something magical. When that happens, it stirs something in the soul which makes everything worthwhile. When alone in nature all your senses are magnified tenfold; your sight is magnified to look at things in a different light, you actually listen to nature, hear the wind, listen to the birds and touch the earth that surrounds you. You become aware of everything that is going on around you and are in a heightened state off awareness. The end result is a photograph where no words are necessary, just emotions. This is what I strive for, however, it does not always work out.
I spent many years chasing the light when I learnt that you have to anticipate and not chase the light. This taught me to slow down and use a tripod; think first, and photograph later. As I have said, my photographs are a personal thing; I take photographs for myself and photograph what I like and hope that there are enough like-minded people out there that are willing to hang one of my photographs on their wall. I can only hope that my photographs give others as much pleasure and inspiration as they give me when taking them.
Thank-you for looking at my photographs. Please feel free to leave feedback if you like, or don't like, what you see. My photographs have appeared in the various photography magazines over the years including Astronomy Ireland, the Amateur photography magazine, Digital photographer, International Land rover magazine and much more. I was also a finalist in the 2006 country file photography competition with my photo of an angler. I was also the winner of the Roe valley Arts And Cultural photography competition 2011 to promote tourism in the north west of N.Ireland. My photographs are in private collections as far away as America and Australia. The journey continues.
Solo exhibitions- Flowerfield Art Centre Portstewart March 2013. National Trusts Mussenden Temple August 2013. Linen Hall Library Belfast June 2014.
Finalist in The Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 and 2016. A highly comended image in the Take a view landscape photographer of the year 2016 in the OMGB category. Three of my photographs were used in the Nikon "I Am" short film 2015 and five images in the 2016 Nikon short film. One of my images has also featured in The World At Night (TWAN) guest website which features some of the best Astro landscape photographers on the planet.Shotlisted in the take a view landscape photographer of the year 2017.