I thought I would introduce myself to those who do not know me, as the face behind the Garden Photography Gallery. I am a freelance garden, travel and landscape photographer based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. I first started out in photography when I was a teenager and my first Super 8 film was a memorable one as a child, 30 seconds with the lens cap on, I still have that cinematic debut.
HOW IT STARTED
I caught the photography bug after developing a film and printing it in an art class at school, from that moment I decided that I was going to be a photographer.
After gaining a 2:1 Honours Degree in Photography and Film at the London College of Printing and then working as a photographer's assistant and for 5 years in darkrooms, I went freelance as a travel and landscape photographer. My photography career has taken me to stunning locations around the world and is packed full of adventure, including hanging out of helicopters photographing over places such as Angkor Wat and the Maldives with a 6x7 format Mamiya RZ camera, now that's a buzz and way before drones.
In 2005 I switched, as most professional photographers did then, to digital and that was a whole new steep learning curve, but as a photographer you have to constantly adapt.
Ten years ago I received a commission to photograph herbs for a book 'The Medicine Garden' by Rachel Corby which sent me off in a whole new direction and from the moment I started that book commission I never looked back.
My father had always been a fantastic gardener and had the greenest of fingers, which were inherited from my grandfather who had been a head gardener on a large private estate in Leeds and also had an allotment, which was visited regularly on the way home from school in raspberry and pea seasons. I now have an organic allotment with my wife which we took over in 2003 where the lineage continues.
Before the pandemic struck I divided my time between running small group photo tours, workshops & 1:1's with running my photography business Stephen Studd Photography photographing travel, landscape, garden and commercial photography for books, magazines, online media and private commissions. My sole income is through photography and has been for more than 30 years, winning numerous awards along the way, including the photograph of a giant carrot for IGPOTY below.
When the pandemic struck I was in Vietnam and had to curtail a trip to Hong Kong and fly back to the UK and go in to quarantine for 14 days, travel was not possible for the last year and so out of this the Garden Photography Gallery was born. Over the years people have often asked whether my photography was for sale as prints. I have had exhibitions of my work where I sold prints and if someone has enquired I have sold them, but being away from home so much I had never really found the time to start this side of my business, until now.
On this new website you can now shop for premium quality photographic prints, framed prints, acrylic and canvas prints and a range of FSC certified greetings cards all of them produced here in the UK.
SO WHAT MAKES ME BUZZ
Photography will always be my passion also my organic allotment and garden along with travel, add-venture, eclipse chasing, moon bathing, getting away in my VW campervan discovering new places and an obsession with collecting vintage metal watering cans.
IN THE GARDEN
My garden is forever changing and is full of medicinal and culinary herbs and edibles that aren't grown on the allotment alongside plants that take me back to places that I have travelled, favourites of which are my bamboo's and acer collections. On the allotment we grow everything no-dig and organic and we love to grow heritage vegetables and produce that you can't buy in the local market or supermarket.
My aim is to have the Garden Photography Gallery as the place to visit for contemporary garden photography. There will be guest photographers each quarter showcasing their photography, with prints and wall art available to purchase. I will also be inviting guest bloggers from the wonderful world of horticulture to contribute, as well as having lots of behind the scenes of the business here on the blog.
Thanks for taking the time to pop by today.