Landscapes Uncovered is run by Neil Mansfield. I am a professional freelance landscape and commercial photographer in the Brecon Beacons. The National Park has become my adventure ground. The Beacons Beacons are Southern Britain’s highest mountain range and form a spinal backbone to the South and Mid Wales valleys. The features 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 changed over the years. More recently I’ve delved into the landscape and it’s history. The Brecon Beacons have been manipulated and worked for many years, it’s industry lies ruined and nature has taken back control. Exploring this landscape is now a passion.
The Brecon Beacons offer a vast and unlimited supply of inspiration. When time permits I volunteer for the Brecon Beacons National Park as a 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!