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Whether it's brooding, wild and stormy, or reflective, calm and serene, the sight of the  sea stirs deep in me.  Perhaps it's the vast horizon opening up that inspires freedom and adventure.  Maybe it's the vital, wild, untamed drama laced with the latent menace that lurks in a storm.  Or the wondrous beauty and glowing reflections in a sunrise or sunset.  It could just be be how simply being near the sea stimulates my every sense.  

Whatever it is, the sea has been calling to me since I was a child.  From swimming, snorkelling and fishing, I went on to surfing, kayaking and diving.  All the time building a wider understanding and deeper relationship with the ocean.  After spending a career in the digital studio and behind a camera, I left London's advertising and design scene behind to follow my dream and focus on my passion for seascape photography.

Today, from my studio on Cornwall's magnificent Atlantic Coast, I range far and wide, searching for drama and dynamic atmospherics at wild and unspoilt coastal locations. The aim in my award-winning approach to Seascape photography, is to capture the ever-evolving elemental emotion that resonates so deeply, as the sea interacts with light, wind, rock and sand. 

I travel extensively with my cameras, but the spectacular Celtic coasts always draw me back. The stunning variety of beautifully rugged coastline, crystalline seas and wonderful light conditions combine to offer some of the finest coastal locations in the world.

Alongside Commercial commissions and Limited Edition fine art framed print sales, I run Cornish Seascape Workshops.  Since starting in 2013 my course has gained an international reputation for excellence and results.  Please see the workshop section for more information.

To contact me about any aspect of my photography and services you can email me at -

chris@c-simmonsphoto.co.uk

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Background

I have always been around cameras.  Both my Grandfather and Father were keen amateur photographers.  And wherever our family holidays and adventures took us - invariably a stretch of remote coastline around the UK - they were always captured on film.  The 'Magic Lantern' evenings, where they showed off their shots made a big impression on me.  Because this was back in the early 70's when TV was small and grainy black & white.  So seeing their slides, up large and in glorious Fujicolor (or Kodachrome in my Grandfather's case), was mesmerising.

I soon had a 35mm Kodak Instamatic of my own, but it wasn't until Secondary School that my photography really took off.  The brilliant Head of Art, Anthony Bowerman, gave me exclusive access to his precious Photography Dept.  An Olympus OM1, endless rolls of Ilford Black & White film and hours spent in the Darkroom saw my skills develop rapidly.  Eschewing formal instruction, he urged me to use the camera as a creative tool and wholly supported my experimentation.  When the time came to leave 6th Form, his glowing reference got me in to Epsom School Of Art & Design and from there into the bright lights of London's Design & Advertising scene.

Alongside my photography, as an Art Director I got to work with top photographers and colour houses.  This gave me invaluable insights and widened my knowledge of the medium.  As the digital revolution swept through the industry in the mid-80's, I started to work with CAD imaging and retouching using an amazing programme called Adobe Photoshop. This along with rapidly developing 'Power Macs' transformed graphic production capabilities.  I set up a 'Creative Hotshop' in Covent Garden in the early 90's and business boomed.

Yet I remained wholly sceptical of temperamental hybrid digital cameras and their dodgy little image files.  This coloured my attitude and the aversion remained for years.  For anything other than pack shots or family snaps it had to be film.  It wasn't until the advent of Raw files and Full Frame sensors that I finally succumbed.  

Yet once I did, my photography completely changed.  Commercially my DSLR provided a lucrative new string to my creative 'bow'.  Yet moreover, down on my beloved coastlines the medium set the tideline alive!  Suddenly freed from the creative shackles of frame counting and a film's ISO limitations, I could freely manipulate the exposure triangle to fully interpret and capture the drama and elemental emotion.

I travelled extensively and got to shoot some wonderful places.  I also explored the coasts of the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Cornwall in depth.  In 2011, after being cajoled into entering by my darling other half, Sam, I won the Cornish Point Of View Award.  It was the first photo competition I had ever entered, mainly because I never really had time for such things.  Yet winning spurred me on in following my dream of making a living concentrating on seascapes.  In 2012 I held my first Seascape exhibition and launched my first Photography website and online shop.  Then in February 2013, I moved to Crantock in Cornwall and now have some of the world's finest coastline on my doorstep.  Yet that's not to say I will ever stop exploring...

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