Q&A - Edd Atkinson
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Edd Atkinson. I was born in the town of Bath and spent most of my childhood in the surrounding area. Until the days when i can afford to go around the world with my camera I make a living as a joiner, spending most my time working in France building oak framed buildings. I got into photography when I first went backpacking 8 years ago. I brought a bridge camera for my adventure. During my trip I got to grips with the controls to prepare me for my first DSLR.
How do you go about creating your pieces?
I love to spend my winter in the Alps with my camera and snowboard. I love landscape photography, and like to get to a viewpoint not many people have been to before. This usually means getting as high as possible, normally getting up the mountains via ski lifts then climbing that bit higher. The best light will normally come long after the ski lifts have closed, so there’s only one way back down and thats on a snowboard!
What single element, person, object or real life situation, do you think has influenced you the most throughout your artist career?
My biggest influence for my photography was when I first went backpacking in Thailand, The amazing views full of staggering rock formations and clear blue seas. Streets full of viberent colors from the street vendors and night time lights. Since then I try and get away as often as I can with my camera not far from hand.
What is your best piece of art to date?
My favourite photo I’ve taken to date is one I took with my bridge camera years ago, I was at a beach party late at night. Laying down I had my camera to hand while a performer with a swinging baton on fire either end was performing in front of us. On a long exposure I caught him as he swirled the baton around him from his toes to his head. The resulting photo was a man encased in a tube of fire, with the ambient light lighting up the beach and a wooden shack behind us.
Any current projects/shows/releases you want to advertise?
Nothing to advertise at this moment in time but I do hope to have a website up and running soon.
Edd’s print is available here.