About Alex Wallace
Landscape photography provides Alex Wallace with an escape from the daily grind of shooing commercial and advertising work. “I love the freedom that it allows you - No art directors, no clients, no budgets, time frames,” he says. “Plus, I’ve always loved the great outdoors. so its also the perfect excuse to hike down to Guernsey’s South coast cliffs and waste an afternoon trekking across the rocks.”
Alex first picked up a camera as an 18 year old A-level student, although he readily admits it was not something he took to easily: It was months before I took any pictures I was pleased with.” Persevering, he studied photography at degree level before taking work as a cruise ship snapper for two years. On his return however he found himself at a crossroads. “I was ill-equipped to compete in the professional photographic world,” he says. “While my degree had given me a good grounding, my pictures were nowhere near the standard they needed to be.”
He packed his bags again and determined to find work as a photographic assistant, which he did . . . . . in New Zealand. “This was where I really learned my stuff. I was taught a great many things by some very talented people and drew inspiration from the stunning scenery.” He returned to Guernsey a few years later, found work in a commercial studio, “got stuck into shooting the islands coastal landscape,” and is now intimately acquainted with the islands varied mix of bays, beaches and cliffs.
Alex has recently spent a lot of time in Jersey. He has enjoyed turning his lens upon the sister isles shores and exploring the un-tapped potential the island offers to a landscape photographer. “Jersey is in many ways similar to Guernsey but it has been a refreshing experience discovering views and scenery that I’ve never seen before. There are 1001 great shots just waiting to be taken.”
Practical Photography Magazine, March 2008