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Gary Short

Gary Short is a freelance photographer based near Dolgellau in Snowdonia, where he has lived since 2003. He was born in Somerset and has worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years having been employed at two UK National Park Authorities, including the Peak District in Derbyshire and, more recently, 7 years at the Brecon Beacons National Park.

“I have always had a keen interest in photography as well as art, wildlife and conservation, having trained in design at the Arts University in Dorset, specialising in natural history illustration.

I combined my artistic skills and love of the outdoors through working for National Parks and in addition I have also worked for Natural Resources Wales and Aberystwyth University. Numerous artists and illustrators have inspired me throughout my career, especially Charles Tunnicliffe, Sir Kyffin Williams and J.M.W Turner.

I purchased my first Minolta film camera in the late 1980's and have now been using digital SLR cameras and lenses for a number of years. This developed into a more intensive occupation and career move when I set up my own photography business in 2014.

Wales and particularly Snowdonia National Park, has an amazing variety of landscapes, from the rugged mountains to the dynamic dramatic coastline, so I feel very privileged to live in such an awe inspiring area. There is a wide mixture of habitats, wildlife and textures with fast flowing rivers and streams, heather-clad moors and heathland, desolate sandy beaches and abundant oak woodlands.

The ever changing light creates a wonderful spectacle and abundance of subject matter for the landscape photographer. There are also many attractive towns and villages, close-knit rural and farming communities and a fascinating culture, history and geology.

I enjoy creative photography and the challenge of portraying the beauty of the natural world in all weathers is very rewarding as no two days are the same. Waiting for sunset on a high windswept mountain top after a two hour walk and trying to second-guess the light and prevailing conditions requires patience and perseverance - but the elation of capturing that fleeting moment is hard to beat"

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