Freddie Ardley
London, UK
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Tell us what you love about the English countryside, and how you portray romanticism through it. 

It is a beautiful place created by nature and by man. I find it amusing when you think about the English countryside compared to other places around the world. It is a very formal countryside, almost a formal wilderness. Meticulous detail has been placed down over centuries, creating everything from the position of our woodlands to the manicured hedgerows that adorn every lane.

The thing about romanticism is that it is the opposite to those things. It shuns formality and order. It is the expression of the imagination and ones emotions in what they are creating. I think that is why I so often incorporate dark, fierce, chaotic skies into my photography, it is an unpredictable, formal in no way, landscape above the ground. Emotion is key to any photography and although there is not always an immediately apparent human element to my photographs, I hope my emotions when creating them seep through.

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The Chepstow Castle ruins in Monmouthshire, Wales, on top of cliffs overlooking the River Wye, is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. Its construction was begun under the instruction of the Norman Lord William Fttzosbern, soon made Earl of Hereford, from 1067, and it was the southernmost of a chain of castles built along the English-Welsh border in the Welsh Marches.


Tintern Abbey (Abaty Tyndyrn), Wye Valley. Monmoutshire, Wales by Ed Moskalenko
Via Flickr:
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty