Six years ago, we mounted the first Masters Of Vision Exhibition (abbreviated as ‘MOVE’) in Southwell Minster Cathedral, with the help of Landscape Supremo and tireless champion of landscape photography, Charlie Waite. Since that first exhibition in 2009, we have mounted two more, in 2011 and 2013 featuring the artistry of celebrated landscape photographers such as Dav Thomas, Chris Friel, Antony Spencer, David Noton, Joe Cornish and many others.
My personal agenda has always been to introduce and inspire others to the charms of our wonderful obsession, and so it has been my absolute pleasure to curate these exhibitions, bringing the state of the art in UK landscape photography to my unassuming home town of Southwell with it’s imposing Cathedral. I can think of no other more perfect setting for a landscape photography exhibition than the in the Nave of Southwell Minster. Regardless of your religious sensitivities, it is a moving experience to slowly imbibe and begin to really understand the visual language of the exhibiting photographers, within the soulful atmosphere and stunning architectural backdrop of the Cathedral.
The format of the exhibition has changed this year: previously we showcased the work of a master photographer alongside that of emerging talents. The new exhibition format removes any such distinctions and celebrates the work of several master photographers as an equitable group show. Some of our exhibitors have spent a lifetime reaching their current pinnacle, and incredibly, others have only been active in photography for just a few years; some command huge fees for their commercial work alongside their passion for landscape, and others rely on alternative income streams to pursue their passion. Despite these differences in approach, all the exhibitors are acknowledged by their peers to be producing some of the best work on the planet, circa 2015. I feel privileged to be exhibiting my own work alongside that of such creatives; standing on the shoulders of giants.
I am thrilled to be mounting MOVE 2015 with the help of some of the best manufacturers in the business. The exhibition this year will be bigger than ever thanks to hugely generous sponsorship from Fotospeed, Fujifilm and Lee Filters, unsparing support from Outdoor Photography Magazine and of course, the breathtaking photography of my fellow exhibitors.
I can’t wait to see the exhibition this year, I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing.
Pete Bridgwood, May 2015