Trained as a fine artist, the film’s presenter Joe Cornish is a landscape photographer, originally from the South West, who has made the North East of England his home. With Landscape in Mind documents his journey from coast to coast across the north of England - tracing a path from the industrial mouth of the river Tees, across the stark and beautiful limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, to the Lake District, arguably England's most romantic and spectacular landscape.
The photographer's aesthetic and physical challenges in this upland landscape form the main themes of the film. Fascinated by industry and agriculture, as well as the much older signature of climate and geology in shaping these landscapes, Joe Cornish delivers an intensely curious eyewitness account that narrates the landscape’s story. The film is a perfect combination of technical instruction and inspiration making it a ‘must have’ for all photographers, be they advanced and amateur, but also for all those who simply love to be in the great outdoors.
The film crew and Joe Cornish experience all kinds of weather, proving you don’t need ‘good’ weather for good photography. In fact the rain in one forest location only serves to make the colours richer, while drizzle in the Dales renders the landscape soft and mysterious.
Within the documentary Joe Cornish uses various techniques and equipment, but this is not a ‘how to film’ as Joe Cornish comments:
“The film is not intended as an instruction manual and I hope that it will appeal to all photographers, whether advanced or completely new to the art. My commentary ranges over many aspects of photography, especially visual and philosophical ideas, and aspects of composition. There is discussion of technique, but always in the context of 'why?'. I strongly subscribe to the 'eyewitness tradition' of photography. The camera encourages us to walk, to exercise, to discover what we are drawn to and the scenes that we love, and to learn about the world through curiosity and the search for connection. I hope the film will inspire the viewer to understand the validity and relevance of their own vision, and go out and seek the landscape for themselves and then to share that vision with others. As photographers that is our way to help society reconnect with nature."