Profile - Chris Harding

Chris Harding

Chris Harding is an outdoor photographer based in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

I am a Geordie by birth and a geographer by training. My tutor, Augustus ('Gus) Caesar warned me that the rest of my life would be a busman's holiday, studying the world around me, and so it has proved!

Recently retired from a career in town planning and then the information technology industry, I have been able to take my long term interest in photography to a new level. As well as the technicalities I am learning to look, and observe, and see, and understand better.  I'm looking at and appreciating landscapes. I'm observing the diversity and complexity of wildlife.  I'm seeing the beauty in everyday things around me. I'm understanding the intricacy and importance of the ecosystem that is the world in which we live and share.

I am mainly an outdoor photographer. Many of my pictures are taken in my native Northumberland, elsewhere in Northeast England or in the Scottish Borders where I currently live. Some are from further afield, such as the Scottish Highlands or the Mittelrhein or Mosel valleys in Germany.

Some of my pictures of 'Tyneside' have been exhibited in 2016 and 2017 at the Tyneside Coffee Rooms in Newcastle upon Tyne.  My picture of the sun's rays streaming through the beech canopy at Dawyck Botanic Garden won the Abstract Category of the 2017 Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh Photography Competition: the picture of a sawfly caterpillar was highly commended in the same competition.  My picture of Melrose Abbey was Commended in the 2016 Historic Scotland photographic competition and published in the HS Members magazine. The picture of the Water Aven was short-listed in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards and published in their 2016 Portfolio Yearbook.

The black silhouette of a sheep fence curves over the snow covered hills in the Scottish Borders
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