Iconic images of natural beauty


Capturing the beauty of the Northumberland coast is a challenge taken on by many photographers, but few do it so well as acclaimed landscape specialist Joe Cornish.

He first visited the county in 1989 on assignment from the National Trust and admits he wasn’t expecting much, but it soon enchanted him.

Bamburgh beach

Bamburgh beach

The Northumberland coast, with its subtle beauty, dramatic geology and vast open spaces, completely defied his expectations.

In his latest coffee-table book, The Northumberland Coast, he records his visual impression of the landscape and follows a journey from north to south, from the Scottish border to the River Tyne. His accompanying commentary is a blend of recollections and some historical anecdotes as well as some thoughts on photography.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne has been a particular source of inspiration with its mysterious and enigmatic qualities enhanced by the causeway.

Being east-facing, the whole coastline is a great dawn location and he also shows that the setting sun offers splendid opportunities.

Capturing the light is something Joe does so well, resulting in beautifully atmospheric images which reflect his love for the county.

The Northumberland Coast by Joe Cornish is published by Frances Lincoln and the paperback costs £12.99.

ISBN 978-0-7112-3607-3