When he's not leading Capture to Print photography workshops from his studio in Dorset, England, landscape photographer and print guru Andy Farrer can be found exploring quiet woodlands and beaches, enjoying the process of creating his own landscape images for fine art prints.
"Landscape images belong in print," says Andy, whose wintry picture of the Jurassic Coast – titled Bat's Head in the Snow – won top prize at the 2015 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. "Print evokes emotion and speaks on a deep level. It engages another sense, it's more tactile.
"I want to immerse and transport someone to that place where they can feel at peace and get away from their busy lives. You hold and treasure a good print. You don't just swipe it away like you do with a screen where images are consumed much more quickly."
Print runs through Andy's veins. His father oversaw a printing press and stationer's business which included a darkroom, and Andy took his childhood fascination with the print process into his photography studies at school, where he would find any excuse to take pictures so he had something new to print. "I was always print-led, whereas a lot of people that come into our studio have been shooting for years but have never printed a single thing."
Andy finds joy in helping other landscape photographers realise the potential of print, walking them through the intricate harmony between light and land, camera and editor, paper and ink. Decades of experience have sharpened Andy's professional knowhow, and he now shoots landscapes with his Canon EOS R5 to print on Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and PRO-1000 printers.
Here, he offers a fascinating glimpse at how those print intricacies play out, the benefits of a mirrorless camera, and carving a new path in a crowded photography genre. Canon Europe Product Marketing Lead, Suhaib Hussain, also shares which printers he recommends for printing landscapes and why.