Being the photographer for DIGITAL bungalow I’m always on the look out for inspiring photographic work.
I was delighted to recently be asked by award-winning photographer Jason Friend to review his new e-book; brimming with glorious photographs of Northumberland … I couldn’t wait!
In this latest work (Jason has already published ten books to date) Jason expertly captures some of Northumberland’s the various guises; from the glorious English baroque style of the grade 1 listed country house Seaton Delaval Hall, to the largest artificial lake in England that is Kielder Water.
From Alnwick Castle, another grade 1 listed building built following the Norman Conquest, to the snow laiden Northumberland National Park.
Jason’s book is not simply full of images, he also affords us a little history too, which for a shameful geography heathen like myself, is truly invaluable.
Northumberland is not only the northernmost county to be found within England, but it’s also the least populated and therefore a haven for photographers (no tourists getting in the way of those one-off lighting moments).
Although a peaceful and sublime place to visit these days, at one time poor Northumberland was trampled on by grumpy unforgiving Scottish and Scandinavian invaders. The scars of these battles appear as numerous fortifications that to this day remain dotted across the Northumberland landscape; these alone provide an enigmatic contrast to the natural features of the region.
Obviously you’ll not be given such an unruly welcome these days, just the freedom to explore the awe-inspiring landscape till your pounding heart’s content.
For over a decade Jason’s photography has graced a multitude of broadsheets and magazines from the Telegraph to the Guardian, from the BBC Wildlife magazine to Rough Guides. But Jason not only captures breathtaking images, he’s also found time to write ten books. Yes, TEN! Slow down man …
Jason’s latest e-book is positively overflowing with breathtaking images that manipulate you emotionally in one of two ways …
a) Jealousy, envy and rage because you weren’t there to capture these great images (if you’re a photographer)
b) Weak at the knees and want to book a room at Seaton Delaval Hall, grab a pint and a bite to eat at the Mason’s arms, and then indulge in a long walk over Birkside fell (if you’re someone who appreciates fabulous photography and gorgeous places to visit).
I therefore advise you, as part of the esteemed DIGITAL bungalow collective, to spare £1.95 of your hard-earned cash and hop on over to Jason’s website and purchase this fabulous image-soaked and history-saturated item.
Jason Friend’s Northumberland e-book is available to purchase now over at his website.