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Adam Burton • What Are You Photographing?

People never seem to be able to see the wood for the trees. Adam Burton gets it off his chest: the most annoying response to the most often-asked question

I must start this article with an apology, as it is going to be ever so slightly negative. There has been something bothering me for many years now, and I feel the need to unburden myself. I hope you don’t mind.

Wherever I am set up somewhere in the landscape, taking photographs, when other people are around there is usually always curiosity. I’m sure every landscape photographer will relate to this. Sometimes people watch from a distance, wondering what you are photographing. Occasionally somebody approaches, and then you get the question that we must have all been asked a million times: ‘What are you photographing?’ I wouldn’t take any issue with that question, if I didn’t know the standard response that would follow my answer.

So, let’s set the scene. You are standing beside a totally still lake surrounded by mountains, the towering peaks reflecting in the mirror-calm water in front of you. Gorgeous, rich morning sunlight has just turned a thin layer of mist above the surface of the water to miniature, floating gold clouds. It is perfect, the conditions every landscape photographer dreams of. As you are shooting, you notice...

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Adam Burton

Adam Burton is one of the UKs leading landscape photographers and author of five books. Since 2008 he has been working as a full time professional landscape photographer, regularly supplying imagery and undertaking commissions for a wide range of clients.

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    It could be worse. I’ve been challenged taking pictures of my son playing football when he was 10, another time when his team was in a cup final when he was 13. This week end was told “you’re a disgrace” taking photos in town on the Saturday then chased by a security guard outside shops taking Christmas lights on the Sunday. And all I want is to be left in peace to do what I love. Take photographs.

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