About Stephen Whitehorne
As an award-winning professional photographer of nearly 30 years experience, my work includes landscape, nature, portraiture, architecture and interiors photography. However, my love is for Scotland's wild places, in particular capturing the evocative beauty of its trees, forests and woodlands. With my portfolio of beech and birch trees, earlier this year I won the Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the top award for photography at the show. This has encouraged me to pursue other prestigious competitions. The 'wind' series in my Portfolio entry for the IGPOTY competition this year, is an expression of my interest in the transformative potential of the processes of photography, to reveal the beauty of plants in a way which is only possible via a camera.I work in various formats, using both film and digital cameras. When immersed in nature and confronted by a typically haphazard tangle of trees or other plants, the subjects which draw my attention invariably demand a considered, below-the-horizon approach in the viewfinder to achieve structure in the composition. My aim is to achieve images which have aspects of ambiguity and delve beyond the immediate, surface appearance of things.
Having achieved the 3 Year Higher College Diploma in Photography at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art in 1985, I went on to work as a freelance editorial photographer in London, working principally with book, magazine and newspaper publishers. I moved to Scotland in 1991, at first to teach photography at workshop level and to later establish as an Edinburgh-based freelance photographer. During the 90's I worked closely with design agencies, various corporate clients, top-end estate agents and also with various book and magazine publishers based north of the Border.Now based in the Scottish Borders, I continue to work with these same clients whilst also being the co-owner of the White Fox Gallery in Coldstream, the art gallery I run with my partner and painter Virginie Renard, where photographic art prints feature prominently in our displays. I also run photographic workshops from the gallery.Having mostly ignored photographic competitions and awards until the last couple of years, I have, so far, achieved some success in this regard which has encouraged me pursue these avenues further.Winner Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017Winner RHS Gold Medal for photography at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017Winner Portfolio category of the RHS Photographic competition 2017Shortlisted in Scotland's Favourite Nature Photography Book Awards 2016 with self-published book TreescapeVarious Shortlisted and Commended portfolios and single photographs in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards and the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competitions in 2015 and 2016.
Professional roles: Author, Photographer, Tutor
Location: United Kingdom