... loading slideshow ... A dog is an optional accessory for adventures Adventure Photographer Gary Austin Gary Austin Art Photographer Gear testing boots in a puddle, a must for adventure photographers A dog can show you the best spots for an overnight bivvy when doing adventure photography with Adventure Photography you have the world at your feet, need to get across that water though

Gary Austin is a British all-weather, all seasons outdoor adventure & contemporary art photographer based in Derbyshire, GB.

His special interest is in nomadic multi-day adventures which draw on his survival, bushcraft and wild bivvying skills when in rough weather and rough country. 

Being an ex-Royal Marine he has completed many different nomadic, multi-day wild bivvy journeys across various parts of the UK.

He has also has bivvied in comfort for many a stealthy night without a tent (sometimes without any shelter) on mountains, hilltops, woods, open fields, the roadside, rubbish dumps and caves.

With a small pack of 16 litres containing nothing more than a poncho, a blanket, half sleep mat, a cook kit, water container and his photography gear it's easy to follow his lead and get into nature and the wild places for that elusive photo.

With lessons from high bivvies and his off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor photographer essentials: being at one with nature and being out there, somewhere! 

He also does multi-day trips with nothing more than a small penknife, a fire starter and the clothes on his back for those wanting a more with nature adventure.






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Art Photography

An award-winning street photographer & photojournalist, with a varied career over 30 years working as a freelance photographer which has ranged from photojournalism commissions and fine art projects often working in hostile or hazardous environments.

With a professional background in photojournalism and a degree in art photography, his photographic voice has evolved as a blend of traditional photojournalism and art photography, an approach which allows for the subjective interpretation of the story as an artist. He has a unique personal style that produces strong photographs full of drama, spontaneity, and natural raw energy and emotion.


Adventure Photography

Gary is currently working on "Father Sky - Mother Earth" a collection of stories about wild places, skies, weather, man, earth, wildlife, rocks, environment, pollution and climate change; focusing on the native way of being, which we as a species have opted out of in our contemporary societies.

The first Adventure story I am undertaking is the Derbyshire Portway a long distance walk, that was used by the stone age people. The 54-mile route starts at Hemlock Stone in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire and finishes at Mam Tor in the Derbyshire Peak District.

If you would like to see how I plan these projects and what minimalist gear I take, then please take a look at my 'Journal' and subscribe to keep up to date!

Some projects in the planning stage:

Derwent Trails
Midshires Way
Pennine way


Outdoor Photography Project

Gary is also working on two documentary photography projects titled "Living with the Earth" where he looks at how the land is used by humans and also a documentary project "A Typical English Village" Where he documents the village he lives in and the people living there. Both are a work in progress.



Artist Statement

Lighting from a small flash is a technique that I often use in my documentary photography, as a way of highlighting the importance of the subject and separating them from distracting or less important details while giving depth to the image or showing texture and detail.

The Renaissance masters lit their portraits with artificial light and painted in the effect of Chiaroscuro, (which means light-dark) a technique referring to the exaggeration of light and dark contrast.

Joseph Wright of Derby was such a painter using this effect while depicting the age of enlightenment and an international artist whose work I admire.  He was the first professional painter to record and express the industrial revolution and the people behind them, paintings that are not just art but show the important history of that time.

Joseph Wright also painted a scene called the “Blacksmiths Yard” set in a ruined church which used to in the village I live in, this was one reason that prompted me to start my documentary project in the village, that, and my family history connected to it.


Awards & Exhibitions

Foundry Gallery, London 2007 Group Exhibition on Protest that toured the UK

2010 University of Derby - Degree in Fine Art Photography BA

Anxiety of Influence, Derby UK 2010 (Received the Format Award 2011)

Format International Photography Festival 2011

Magnum Street Photography Workshop Projection and print exhibition during the Format Festival 2011 (led by Bruce Gilden and Magnum)



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