Artist's statement - Dartmoor


I am based in Dartmoor, Devon, in the UK. The local landscape is inspiring in both physicality and folklore, enthusing countless artists and songwriters for centuries. This is what I see when I wake up and what I think about on a daily basis.


The call of a buzzard and sound of a river - add the weather and commonplace stuff; this is what I record in my mind and is the essence of my images.


Sometimes it takes but a second, occasionally minutes or even hours. Being somewhere that inspires is what drives me and my imagery.

The river Dart at Hexworthy - a black and white landscape photo
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The river Dart at Hexworthy. The river in the height of the summer, willows moving in the wind, rocks and dippers in the pools between. Gentle gliding cascades and moss glistening in the shadows. The only thing missing are the swallows feeding and swooping above the water.

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The river Dart at Hexworthy. The river in the height of the summer, willows moving in the wind, rocks and dippers in the pools between. Gentle gliding cascades and moss glistening in the shadows. The only thing missing are the swallows feeding and swooping above the water.

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​Hawthorns in the mist by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor.
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Hawthorns in the mist

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Hawthorns in the mist

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Whistman's Wood. Dartmoor - a black and white landscape photo
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Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor. One of the oldest woodlands in the country. Most of the oaks are twisted and stunted due to the harshness of the landscape: thin soil and rock foundations. Everything is covered in moss including the boulders around the base of the trees. 

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Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor. One of the oldest woodlands in the country. Most of the oaks are twisted and stunted due to the harshness of the landscape: thin soil and rock foundations. Everything is covered in moss including the boulders around the base of the trees. 

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Dartmoor Tors in the mist​ by Mark Burley, a black and white image from Dartmoor
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Dartmoor Tors in the mist

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Dartmoor Tors in the mist

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Hexworthy Bridge​ by Mark Burley, a black and white image from Dartmoor
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Hexworthy Bridge

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Hexworthy Bridge

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Fallen tree and pool at Spitchwick by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor.
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Fallen tree and pool at Spitchwick

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Fallen tree and pool at Spitchwick

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A stunning waterfall on Vennford stream - a black and white landscape photo by Mark Burley
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The last waterfall on Vennford Stream

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The last waterfall on Vennford Stream

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Soussons stone circle - a black and white landscape photo
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Soussons stone circle

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Soussons stone circle

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The river Dart upstream from Newbridge - a black and white image by Mark Burley
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Upstream from Newbridge

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Upstream from Newbridge

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The amazing twin waterfall on Vennford stream - a black and white landscape photo by Mark Burley
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The twin waterfall on Vennford stream

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The twin waterfall on Vennford stream

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The stream below Wistman's Wood - a black and white landscape photo
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The stream below Wistman's Wood

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The stream below Wistman's Wood

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Twin trees at Combestone Tor at dusk - a black and white landscape photo
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Two trees at Combestone Tor, shaped by the wind they sit alongside the Tor. Small and stunted but wiry and tough. I've no idea how old they are, but I suspect much older than me.

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Two trees at Combestone Tor, shaped by the wind they sit alongside the Tor. Small and stunted but wiry and tough. I've no idea how old they are, but I suspect much older than me.

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The river Dart downstream from Saville bridge - a black and white landscape photo by Mark Burley
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River Dart from just below Saville Bridge

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River Dart from just below Saville Bridge

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River Dart - Austin Bridge at Buckfastleigh. Devon - a black and white landscape photo
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Austin Bridge, A winter image of the river Dart at Buckfastleigh - the leaves were caught in an eddy just below the bridge next to a stone bank on the west side of the bridge.

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Austin Bridge, A winter image of the river Dart at Buckfastleigh - the leaves were caught in an eddy just below the bridge next to a stone bank on the west side of the bridge.

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One half of Vennford's twin waterfall by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor.
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One half of Vennford's twin waterfall

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One half of Vennford's twin waterfall

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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor.
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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir

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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir

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Wheal Betsy - a black and white landscape photo
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Wheal Betsy - abandoned tin mine

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Wheal Betsy - abandoned tin mine

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Upstream cascade from Newbridge by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor.
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Upstream cascade from Newbridge

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Upstream cascade from Newbridge

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The moors - a black and white landscape photo
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The moors

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The moors

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Bennett's Cross - a black and white landscape photo
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Bennett's Cross

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Bennett's Cross

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Dartmoor pony in snow - a black and white landscape photo
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Dartmoor pony in snow

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Dartmoor pony in snow

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The river Dart in summer - a black and white landscape photo
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The river Dart in summer - low water

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The river Dart in summer - low water

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Winter on the moors - a black and white landscape photo
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Winter on the moors

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Winter on the moors

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The bridge at Hexworthy - a black and white landscape photo
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The bridge at Hexworthy

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The bridge at Hexworthy

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel by Mark Burley
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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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The River Dart Country Park - a black and white landscape photo
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The River Dart Country Park

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The River Dart Country Park

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Mist over the hills - the view from the garden by Mark Burley
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Mist over the hills - the view from the garden

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Mist over the hills - the view from the garden

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The stream below Combestone Tor - a black and white landscape photo
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Moss covered boughs just below the bridge, by the road leading from Combestone Tor.  A lovely stream with small brown trout, below the orange lichen covered bridge.

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Moss covered boughs just below the bridge, by the road leading from Combestone Tor.  A lovely stream with small brown trout, below the orange lichen covered bridge.

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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir by Mark Burley
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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir

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Vennford Stream, just down from the reservoir

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Looking downstream just up from Newbridge
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Looking downstream just up from Newbridge

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Looking downstream just up from Newbridge

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The river Dart at Vennford - a black and white landscape photo by Mark Burley
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The river Dart at Vennford. Just down from the reservoir

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The river Dart at Vennford. Just down from the reservoir

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel
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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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Rocks and pool above Spitchwick
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Rocks and pool above Spitchwick

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Rocks and pool above Spitchwick

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel
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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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The West Dart River near to PrinceHall Country Hotel

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Upstream of Newbridge by Mark Burley
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Upstream of Newbridge

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Upstream of Newbridge

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The River Dart Upstream of Newbridge by Mark Burley
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The River Dart Upstream of Newbridge

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The River Dart Upstream of Newbridge

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The river Dart in flood - a black and white landscape photo
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The river Dart in flood at Dartmeet

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The river Dart in flood at Dartmeet

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Hawthorn in the mist at sunrise​ by Mark Burley, a black and white image from Dartmoor
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Hawthorn in the mist at sunrise

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Hawthorn in the mist at sunrise

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood​ by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor
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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.1)

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.1)

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.2)​​ by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor
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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.2)

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.2)

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.3), ​by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor
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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.3)

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The stream below Huckaby Bridge in flood (study No.3)

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Holne Bridge on Dartmoor​​ by Mark Burley. A black and white image from Dartmoor
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Holne Bridge on Dartmoor

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Holne Bridge on Dartmoor

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