Landscapes Uncovered is run by Neil Mansfield. Neil is a freelance landscape and commercial photographer in the Brecon Beacons. The National Park has become my adventure ground. The Beacons Beacons are Southern Britains highest mountain range and form a spinal backbone to the South and Mid Wales valleys. The features of which stretch across from Abergavenny and Hay on Wye in the East through the central Beacons and past Pen Y Fan across to Llandeilo and Llandovery in the West. It’s a vast landscape that has high peaks, green valleys, blue skies, limestone pavements and a diverse history stretching back many years.
Where did it all begin?
My relationship with the Brecon Beacons began with adventure, thrill and a big view. Much like my photography my relationship with the landscape has been a journey, an evolution of the mind. Now I’m not suggesting that my relationship with the landscape is comparable with the development of humankind that would be a little crass, but it has certainly developed into a more personal and complicated relationship.
My photography began a few years ago with a trip to the Grand Canyon, these days however, the Brecon Beacons offer me a vast and unlimited supply of inspiration. I work for the Brecon Beacons National Park as a volunteer warden, so I know the area very well. I have photographed the Brecon Beacons National Park in all seasons from the early green shoots of Spring, to the colourful yellow hues of autumn through to the harsh icy cold winter. On the odd occasion I may just visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Gower or Snowdonia.
What kit do I use?
Photographically, I use whatever kit gets me the results I want. I started using a 35mm EOS3 but these days almost exclusively photograph in digital (canon), even using a mobile phone if necessary. Kit to me doesn’t matter when learning your craft, spend time in the landscape experimenting, having fun and enjoying being outdoors!