Sean Crawford

I live right at the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Brecon, from which I can explore the beautiful countryside and hills of the old counties of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire.

 

I love the mystery and solitude of much of the countryside, and am happiest when I can lose myself to the freedom of the hills, camera in hand. I have been taking photographs since my early teens, but after thirty years am still striving to learn, in particular how to use photography to communicate my own emotional responses to the places which I visit.

 

The Welsh countryside has been actively managed by man over the ages, and there are few places which have been shaped by solely natural forces. Nevertheless the places I love most and find most inspiring in my photography are those which have a feeling of unkemptness, as if the elementary forces of nature are poised ready to strike back as soon as man's back is turned.

 

I love the idea of nature in a state of quiet rebellion, and that ultimately it will slowly but surely overturn our attempts to fence it in. Many of my pictures are taken on 'edgelands' and open country on the commons and uplands. It is here that I most feel freedom, feel connected to the open skies and wild potential and nature of the land. 

I care passionately about my surrounding countryside, and try to communicate that through my photography, including as a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador.

I create and print my own work in my studio at home, using high quality archival materials.