“Ross Hoddinott is one of the UK’s leading professional outdoor photographers and writers. His intimate and creative photography is published worldwide and he will be familiar to readers of many photographic publications, here is his story”
LPM. I believe that, as a child, you used to spend hours peering into ponds and observing wildlife. Can you explain a few things about this fascination of yours?
RH. I guess it began when my parents moved to North Cornwall from Hampshire. They bought an old farmhouse along with several acres of land, planted hundreds of trees and constructed a couple of large ponds. They had a passion for the natural world and wanted to encourage wildlife close to their home. Their love for nature was contagious and, although I was only 7 years old at the time, can remember spending many happy hours just watching, learning and enjoying the wildlife in my backyard. An appreciation of nature was a gift my parents gave me, and one which I intend pass0ing down to my children.
LPM. When you were 10 your parents gave you a compact camera for Christmas. Is it true that this gift kick started your photographic future?
RH. Yes, I must have been 9 or 10 when my parents gave me a basic, point and shoot film compact camera as a present. I had not asked for a camera; I just think they were stuck for ideas. I even remember visiting the beach on Boxing Day and taking my first pictures. I fell in love with photography immediately and instinctively wanted to photograph nature.
LPM. Your father photographed with an old Zenit SLR; did he influence you?
RH. Both of my parents have been…