About - Mourne Mountain Photography

"The anticipation of watching the first light of the day,

In Landscape photography there are many, many failures, but it just take one beautiful morning to forget them all."

-Leslie Hanthorne

About Leslie

Before I became interested in photography I was a hill walker, mostly in the Mourne Mountains. It was the beauty of this Landscape that inspired me to pick up a camera in the first place.

To help with the technical skills needed to master landscape photography I went on a photo course to the Scottish Highlands and I remember the instructor saying "I can teach you everything that your camera can do but I cannae train the eye." I believe it is this vision, rather than fancy cameras and lenses that define us as photographers.

My Samoyed has been with me every step of this incredible journey and has grown into a very loyal and faithful companion. The Mournes, like all mountainous regions, are a harsh and hostile environment to work in and unless you give 100% commitment, it is going to be very hard to stay safe and get pictures that you are pleased with.

I think it is fair to say that this place has defined me as a photographer, and a person, and it is this passion that I take and apply to all genres of my photography.

Composition and light....... This is where I begin when I approach a photograph, whether this is capturing the brooding mystery of the ocean, the glowing translucence of a sunrise, or the nerves, emotion, and romance of a bride’s big day. My photography captures the very essence of the scene and I have applied my work to a range of products. Consider one of my photography products as a special gift, a souvenir of a special occasion, or as a way of preserving a moment you want to cherish forever.


"Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” ~ Don McCullin




Belfast Telegraph Article on my Photography


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