One Friday recently I was heading back home from the Forces Media Academy, when I had a sudden urge to escape London and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. This isn’t new to me: I’m never as happy as I am when trudging across fells or downs on some windblown adventure, making landscape photography of whatever wild places I find myself in. That means I always have outdoor gear almost ready to go at home – so I grabbed some food, my kit, tent and camera, and headed for the South Downs, one of my favourite places in the country.
I arrived at Southease station as night was falling, and took a chilly night walk up to Firle Beacon. Quickly, I found myself enveloped in the silence and darkness of the South Downs, on a moonless but starry night. Dark skies are a rare pleasure for a Londoner; certainly I’m not often able to find a chance to create the kind of landscape photography I might make in Cornwall or other places far from city lights. But here, all was dark and quiet. I pitched my tent and fell into a deep and satisfied sleep.Read More