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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Earth

As a 14-year-old boy on our return from Canada, I remember looking down from the circling Jumbo Jet at the patchwork of fields that make up England’s green and pleasant land. It seemed a toy landscape in contrast to the huge open spaces of Canada. In Europe the rural landscapes have been shaped and maintained by man for centuries, even millennia, to such an extent that the old stone walls, rustic barns and church steeples are as much part of the environment as the trees and hills. Age generally mellows man’s input and the rural architecture of a region becomes deeply embedded in its character and culture.

For all the challenges of deserts and ice caps some of my favourite trips have consisted of loading up the motor and drifting through ...

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