Well this is a nice surprise to be asked to be the featured photographer!
Well, I’m 40 something years old who is a self taught amateur photographer. I have always been interested in art and photography and won my first art competition at the age of ten with a nature dairy based on the book “Dairy of an Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holden. In hindsight I should have gone to Art College but at the time it never entered my head and a career in secretarial/clerical work ensued.
Over the years my love of art and photography increased when I bought my Olympus Epl-5 after much deliberation! In 2015 I set up my website and Facebook page where I update on a regular basis, I have a blog on my webpage which is updated monthly recalling my garden visits and accomplishments.
My style of photography is very personal to me with macro being my favourite way to capture the beauty of nature. I am always looking for the small intricate details that people just seem to pass by and a lot of my work usually features one or two flowers or insects in the foreground focussing on their individual beauty and colours.
As I work 5 days a week I try to get out with my camera most weekends – it’s like an addiction that I have to satisfy! On beautiful days when I’m at work I’m often thinking about getting out taking photographs and envy the part timers and the retired! I think my perfect job would be to travel around Britain and visit beautiful gardens and houses with my camera and write reviews!
I love taking pictures of the different seasons but where I live in Yorkshire we very rarely get any snow in the winter so each year I yearn for snow or sharp frosts! To satisfy the loss of colour in winter, I bought a light box in 2016 and have been experimenting with different ways of photography. My experimentation has lead me to taking a selection of photographs entitled Light & Ice, using flowers encased in ice to preserve everlasting beauty and stunning textures and colours.
My photograph ‘Snug as a bug’ which was highly commended by the IGPOTY in 2016 was a chance encounter with a ladybird nestled inside a seed head on a wildlife roundabout, I nearly dismissed the photograph. I’m so glad I didn’t!
This year, I have once again been shortlisted by the IGPOTY 2017 for the photograph entitled ‘Ladybird & Anemone.’ It would be a real privilege to win again! I have made a few blank greetings cards which are available to purchase via my web page and FB page including Snug as a Bug and Ladybird & Anemone.
What do you love about photography?
Trying to capture the small details in everyday beauty that most people take for granted or walk by and don’t even see.
My dream shoot?
I would love to spend a year in Japan to photograph every season or a bit closer to home the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Time with Camera?
Not as long as I wish – I’ve had my Olympus Epl-5 for the past two years and it goes nearly everywhere with me.
Flowers, ladybirds, butterflies landscapes in that order.
Favourite Piece of Kit?
Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro M.ZUIKO Digital ED Micro Four Thirds Lens – bought it last year and I try not to leave home without it.
What is the first thing you notice about people?
Mountain cabin or beach house?
Can I have both? Mountain so I can take photographs of the stunning scenery and beach house to take photographs of the sea in all weather and state.
Last book you read?
CJ Samson – Lamentation.
If I could travel in time?
It would have to be in the Reign of King Henry VIII – I would have to be a lady of nobility of course!
What is the furthest you’ve been from home?
If you were a crayon, which colour would you be?
Top of your bucket list?
Too many to mention but Japan, revisit Venice & Sorrento.
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Weekday Activity: Full time assisting students who needs extra support. This year I’m mainly working in art and photography. I try and grab as much time as I can in the summer months with my camera after work!
Website: S J Butler Photography
Facebook: Facebook Page
Location: North Yorkshire, UK.
All images and text copyright ©2016 S J Butler Photography