"Photography is simply the greatest job in the world. It expands and deepens how we see the world. What else can do that?"
Although adventurous and experimental in matters of technique, Joe Cornish is a traditionalist and an advocate when it comes to his subject matter. Fascinated by the inter-relationships of everything in nature, his landscape images suggest a living force in everything he sees - be it organic, geological, elemental or man-made.
While his local area of North Yorkshire remains a source of inspiration, Joe has traveled widely in recent years, to Antarctica, the Arctic, the United States, and Iceland, as well as numerous visits to Scotland and Wales. Adopting the Sony α7R has allowed him to emulate a view camera technique using tilting adapters and legacy lenses, in a lighter and more maneuverable form. This has made mountain climbing and long hikes far more manageable while retaining the image quality and control advantages of large format.
Using such a small camera has been both a revelation in image quality and a revolution in working method. His gallery in North Yorkshire now includes a number of prints shot with the Sony α7R.
About / Biography
Joe Cornish had his first London exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in 1989. He has worked freelance for the National Trust for approaching three two decades, and in recent years has been commissioned my VisitBritain (British Tourist agency). He has created images that have defined the way the British landscape is seen at home and abroad, as well as helping him develop his own environmental philosophy.
His writing appears frequently in the online photography magazine, Onlandscape, and he has also written a number of books. First Light, a Landscape Photographer's Art is studied in schools and colleges, while Scotland’s Mountains, a Landscape Photographer’s View has been judged a classic by both photographers and mountaineers.
Joe has been a judge of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and he is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and one of the RPS distinctions panel adjudicators. He makes his own prints for the Joe Cornish gallery in Northallerton, and he is an experienced public speaker who has hosted the Natural History Museum's Understanding Photography evenings since 2011.
Sony a7rII, vertical camera grip VG-C2EM, Arca Swiss tripod ‘L’ bracket
Sony a7II, ‘L’ bracket
Sony α7R with tripod L bracket
Sony A77IISony G 70-400mm f/4-5.6Sony RX-100 mkIVSony FE 90mm f/2.8 macroZeiss Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 16-35mm f/4
Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8
Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8
Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4
Sony G FE 70-200mm F/4
Kipon tilting adapter, Nikkor PC 35mm f/2.8
Lee filter system: holders, ten ND graduates, polariser, two ND standards, step rings
RRS panning rail
Grey card/black card
Spare batteries, memory
Lightweight waterproof Paramo Vista jacket
Gitzo carbon fibre tripod, Linhof 3D Micro head