ABOUT

My love of photography started shortly after I joined an online photo journal in 2014.  Initially, I used my phone to take photos as I was more interested in the written journal than the photos.  I began, over time, to be inspired by the photos posted by other people and thought that I'd rather like to give this photography malarkey a go.  So later in 2014 I bought my first beginners digital camera - a Nikon D3100.  I soon got hooked and became addicted to photography.  I would photograph anything and even now I don't restrict myself to any particular genre.

In the summer of 2015 I entered some photos into the BBC Countryfile Calendar Competition and was absolutely delighted to have one of them put through as a finalist for the 2016 calendar - my photo was February's.  Also, in the same year, some abstract images I took were published in the Practical Photography Magazine.

Another major event happened in 2015.  Our love of Dartmoor drew us to make the move here and shortly after moving here I took voluntary redundancy from Virgin Atlantic where I'd worked for 20 years.  I got a local job and in my spare time I started to explore the beautiful and often bleak moors - heaven! 

In the summer of 2017 I was invited to be the Dartmoor Magazine's Featured Photographer for their 2018 Autumn edition.  I was elated but nervous because I'm still only an amateur photographer who is learning all the time.  I loved the challenge and was very pleased with the final results.  A Greyface Dartmoor sheep donned the front cover - so very Dartmoor I think.

2017 also saw one of my images in the final ten selected as part of the Exeter Hope Project.  This photographic project was about the renewal after the fire which virtually destroyed The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.

The next year, 2018, was fairly quiet.  I became a volunteer photographer at the National Trust at various sites, including Lydford Gorge, which is my nearest National Trust property and one which I return to often throughout the year.

Things have progressed again during 2019.  I was invited to take part in the Art @ Parke exhibits run by Home Farm Cafe.  They asked me to exhibit black and white photos reflecting the people of Dartmoor.  Knowing this could potentially be a big project I felt I couldn't continue in my job because it took up too much of my time.  With the support of my husband and his parents I quit my job and started connecting with people who lived and worked on Dartmoor.  It's been the most challenging but most rewarding project I've done to date.  The exhibition runs from mid-September to mid-November 2019.

Leading on from this exhibition I was then lucky enough to be asked to create another solo exhibition for Dartmoor National Park.  This ran from Jan - Mar 2020 and was titled "Working Life on Dartmoor".

On a more personal note:  I'm married to Darren.  We don't have children but do have a very naughty Jack Russell called Nibbler and three cats.  We've travelled quite extensively in the past but feel less inclined to do so now that we live in such a wonderful part of the world.  We live a simple but happy life and we hope that will continue into the future.

Dianne Jayne Giles

© Dianne Jayne Giles 2019