Robin Mills Fine Art Photography

I am sometimes asked, and the question can be implied rather than actually expressed, why photograph in black and white, when the richness and variety of colour is so highly developed in photography nowadays. As in any art-form, the way you express your ideas in an image is entirely a personal choice, but for me it is about expressing a point. In landscapes, the colours can be the point, but in monochrome photography, the point becomes the shape and form, the light and shade, the range of tones so inadequately described by "black and white", and perhaps most importantly, an emotional content which I would be hard pressed to describe, but which I hope comes through in the work.

My landscape photography is inspirational: my love of the land, particularly my home county, Dorset, comes from a lifetime spent in the countryside as a farmer. I consider it a huge privilege to live and work in this environment, and am constantly reminded of how precious and magical is this part of the world. In monochrome photographs, the timeless quality of this ancient landscape and its forms is emphasized: it is sometimes easy to imagine that mankind might never have existed in these scenes. Landscape photography, as in painting, is nothing without appropriate light to give life to the magic that defines its beauty. Finding the light, by a process of prediction, patience, and sometimes pretty strenuous plodding, is the challenge. It is also the joy of the process, and showing it at its best in the silver gelatin print through meticulous work in the darkroom, is a continuation of that.

Although working full-time as a farmer at Godmanstone, Dorset, I have been passionate about photography, bordering on an obsession, since 1997. I have documented a wonderfully diverse selection of farming characters in Dorset, photographed in their working situations, showing the indomitable spirit of the rural community holding its own in a changing world. This ongoing project is intended not only as a record of a way of life under threat, but also an illustration of how farming is responding to social, economic, and political influences.

I mostly use a medium format camera for the landscape work, and 35mm for more documentary situations, with conventional black and white film. I hand-print the photographs in the traditional way in my darkroom, on high-quality fibre-based paper, using archival processes to ensure permanence. No two prints produced in this way will ever be exactly the same. More about this approach is discussed in "Technicalities".

I have held an ARPS since 2005. I am a contributor to the acclaimed Marshwood Vale Magazine, photographing local people for the cover stories.

Currently most of my work is of a documentary nature and I would welcome commissions or suggestions in a similar vein.

My Photography

Robin Mills ARPS

Currently most of my work is of a documentary nature
and I would welcome commissions
or suggestions in a similar vein.
Contact Robin here