The Billing, Yeadon

The “Billing” is the name of a hilltop clump of trees in Rawdon, Leeds close to Leeds-Bradford airport. Leeds Trinity University, where I taught for 25 years, is a few miles away.


Soon after buying my first digital camera (in about 2003) I began taking a series of photos of Rawdon Billing. From the outset I conceived a plan to photograph it from various perspectives and in a variety of light and weather conditions. Part of my inspiration came from the great Mt. Fuji sequences by Hokusai and Hiroshige (and the recent photographic sequence by Chris Steele-Perkins). But I really I was simply determined to use the project to teach myself more about the difficult art of landscape photography.

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