Landscapes Uncovered is run by Neil Mansfield. Neil is a professional freelance landscape and commercial photographer in the Brecon Beacons. The National Park became his 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?
Neil’s relationship with the Brecon Beacons began with adventure, thrill and a big view. Much like his photography my relationship with the landscape has changed over the years. More recently he has 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 he volunteers for the Brecon Beacons National Park as a warden. Off the beaten track or well known honey pot locations Neil knows the area very well. He has 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 he may just visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (family home), Gower or Snowdonia.
What kit does Neil use?
Photographically, he uses whatever kit gets the results he wants. He started using a 35mm EOS3 but these days he photographs almost exclusively photograph in digital (canon). A mobile phone has become an essential piece of kit. The camera on a Samsung Note 8 is quite superb. Kit doesn’t matter when learning your craft, spend time in the landscape experimenting, having fun and enjoying being outdoors!