Hi, I’m Steve Ball, welcome to McKinnell Photography.
I’m a landscape photographer based in the North West of England ideally located between three of the UK’s National Parks, the Lake District, the Peak District and Snowdonia.
Born and brought up in industrial Lancashire with a strong Scottish heritage, my interest in the landscape was stimulated at a very early age through an introduction to the mountains by an Auntie, an outdoor enthusiast. I will never forget standing at a snow covered Esk Hause on Easter Sunday looking around in wonderment at the scene before my eyes. I will be forever thankful for such a precious gift that has given me so much pleasure over many years.
My interest in the outdoors developed through the years as a hill walker, fell runner and Mountain Rescue volunteer. Having started to collect images of the landscape on a small compact camera I soon realised that I wanted to do more than just record a memory, but wanted to capture the mood, energy and spirit of each moment in the mountains or by the sea. I quickly realised there was much more to be done than just pressing the shutter button. Composition and light quickly became so much more important.
A few years later I now find myself regularly lugging a heavy sack of equipment around looking to capture images that illustrate my love of these wonderful places, and which tell my story of what I see, and equally important, of what I feel.
My passion for landscape photography has undoubtedly helped me cope through some challenging times and has been instrumental to my health and wellbeing. It takes me to places that I may never have visited, but also takes me back to familiar haunts which I now see through a different lens. Watching the break of day or the last remnants of evening light is a privilege and makes me realise just how fortunate I have been to experience our wonderful landscape over many years. As every landscape photographer knows, you rarely get the conditions you hope for, and therefore often return without that quality shot. In those circumstances my disappointment is tempered by the knowledge that I have still had a great experience in the outdoors, and by the fact that there is always the next time!
I do follow other people’s work, and have taken a great deal of inspiration from Joe Cornish in particular. However, my main aim is to take images that make me happy regardless of whether they are unique or are representations of those locations that have become today’s photography honeypots.
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy the images in my gallery and take some inspiration from what you see. The majority of my images are available as prints, and I am also available for one-to-one tuition and commissioned work.