“Light is Everything”

Belgian pictorialist Leonard Misonne said "Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything." 

That is the core of my photographic work; the most beautiful view, the most exotic flower, anything needs the best light to show it as it is. You cannot photograph a feeling but take a photograph in great light and it will provoke a feeling, an emotional response, in the viewer.

But the right light is specific to each subject so there is no magic bullet. It takes years of practice and the ability to see, really see, that "the object is nothing; light is everything." 

It is as though photography is hard wired into my psyche. I do it because I have to; it has been so for most of my life. I have choice in what I photograph but not otherwise. I got my first camera aged about eight and have worked my way through a range of film and digital cameras over the years.

At first I took photos just for me; after a few years I joined a club to improve, winning many competitions along the way including The Leica Society Impact Trophy and Oscar Barnack Award. I have been commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year on several occasions and and have had numerous awards and acceptances in International Salons. Along the way I have supplied thousands of images to stock libraries and have done commissioned shoots for organisations as diverse as local bands and BBC Countryfile Magazine. 

I have been married for over 40 years and have two grown up daughters. And you think you've got problems!

Bill Allsopp
May 2022

Back to Top