Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, is a unique remnant of the un-drained fenland which once covered these vast lowlands of East Anglia. It was the first nature reserve to be acquired by The National Trust in 1899, and is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s a truly magical place, away from the crowds, and far from the hussle and bussle of city living.
The 360 online virtual tour shows both Wicken Fen and Fen Cottage, the latter of which is the last surviving building of a once thriving rural hamlet. Fen Cottage was built in the late 18th Century, and is constructed from local materials including peat, wood, sedge, reed and clay. Together, they provides a window into the past, to a time before these fens were drained, when man had not made his significant mark upon the natural landscape.
The tour was shot for The National Trust, and I chose to shoot the windpump and fen during the golden hour just before sunset. I also chose to shoot the location during the Winter months, when the reeds and sedge were a warm yellow colour, and the air was cold, clear and crisp.
I’ve been a landscape photographer for more years than I now care to remember. I aim to transpose this experience and these creative skills to all the different types of imagery that I shoot. I carefully assert my photographer’s eye and vision to all of my subjects, and I hope that this is evident in the imagery that I create. I like to think that it’s this attention to aesthetic detail that differentiates my work from mainstream virtual tour providers.