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Peak District Photographers - Richard Wheeler




Richard is a fine art photographer who specialises in landscapes pictures of the Peak District and the UK. His passion lies in taking photographs at first or last light where soft golden colours transform beautiful landscapes into something special, creating evocative and atmospheric images.
Richard sells his work to both individuals and businesses and products include framed and mounted prints, canvas prints, greetings cards, and calendars.  Richard sells his work at exhibitions in the Peak District throughout the year. 


2011 events
Peak District Artisans 4th Annual Great Dome Art Fair, Devonshire Dome, Buxton 23rd – 24th July 2011
The Great Peak District Fair, Buxton Pavillion, 15th – 16th October 2011
Matlock Craft Event, Matlock Town, 17th – 18th September 2011

As a regular member of ephotozine, an online photography magazine, Richard posts photographs to the site and regularly obtains awards from the Editor. He has also won ‘Photo of the week’ for a photograph taken at Happisburgh in Norfolk.
In 2009, Richard was selected to be part of the Peak District Artisans group which is a highly successful association of professional fine artists, designer makers and artisans based in and around the Peak District.  Members are selected for their outstanding creative works- and include up and coming as well as internationally renowned individuals.
Richard has also been commissioned for various projects and include:

Time Out’s 2010 book ‘Countryside
The Sustainable Uplands project
Sheffield Hallam University
The British Heart Foundation

His photographs have also been widely published in magazines and include Country Walking and various photography magazines.

From an early age, Richard has always had an interest in photography but was just a ‘snapper’ whilst on holidays. Around the age of 18, he decided to learn black and white film photography and converted a room in his house into a darkroom to process and enlarge the photos he’d taken (without much success!).  In 2005, Richard bought his first digital SLR camera with the objective to learn more about photography and started heading out into the Peak District. After a steep learning curve and many mistakes, Richard started producing work that he was getting happy with.   This progressed for a few years to get where he is today. Although still working full time, it is Richards dream to be able to be a full time landscape photographer.

Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - A Windy Winnats Pass
My quest for new locations started off well this year.  So far I’ve managed to find some new bluebell woods and am in the middle of scouting new locations in the Peak District to shoot from.  This led me to having a ‘reccie’ on Winnats Pass one evening. After checking the sunset position, I thought it would be worth an evening stroll on there.  I have driven up Winnats Pass  a fair few times and always am impressed with the high banked walls of limestone.  I parked at the top in a layby and headed...
Richard Wheeler - A Windy Winnats Pass
Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - Monsal Dale
The opening of the tunnels has been big news in the Peak District lately, and been featured on the BBC news. There is now an accessible walking and cycling route along the old railway lines from Bakewell to Cheedale. One of the most popular views over the Wye Valley is Monsal Head, sitting high over the viaduct and really comes alive with the fantastic green display of summer. Arriving fairly early, I decided to get a shot of the recently opened Headstone Tunnel bathed in the late afternoon light. Once I’d got this, I...
Richard Wheeler - Monsal Dale
Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - Timing is everything...
Today I thought I’d talk about timing and patience in photography. A single 10 seconds of light can make such a difference to a scene and can turn an average photograph into something special. My first visit to Three Shire Heads demonstrated this perfectly. Three Shire Heads sits on the on the Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire border and sits on the River Dane with some cascading falls, packhorse bridge and panniers pool. I’d seen photographs of these falls before, but normally focusing low down on the falls and looking up...
Richard Wheeler - Timing is everything...
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