I’ve just returned from a stormy, wet seven days in the West of Wales. I had the joy of spending another week in the wonderful wild garden at Dyffryn Fernant.
Equally inspiring was an unexpected encounter with local landscape photographer, Chris Tancock, who was exhibiting in the small coastal town of Newport. Chris’ work comprises bold and dramatic landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast seen with a vision and sensitivity beyond the norm. He manages to portray the wide, recognisable view which renders a powerful landscape image accessible, but at the same time sprinkles his work with detail and subtle hints of the deeper feel of the Celtic coastline. He confesses that may only make a couple of new colour works a year. This apparently minuscule output bears witness to his restrained shutter finger, though what he does produce employs an astonishing colour palette and shows a truly discerning eye. His monochrome images, too, are full of the power and drama of the coast, again in his own individual style.
Chris makes his living from selling his work direct and through galleries. It is heartening to know that there is a market for good photographic output such as his. Samples can be seen on his website which, of course, can never do justice to the actual prints.