Having graduated from Lancaster University in 1994 with a first-class arts degree, Mike Shepherd began to establish a reputation for innovative landscape photography, supplying his work to a growing number of art galleries. He also became a tutor in digital imaging and photography at Lancaster University. Mike’s work focuses on the elemental beauty of natural landscapes. He says the land and our environment has become a robust and consistent reference for beauty in culture, especially since pure landscapes or wilderness are so rare and threatened today. His images are a personal and public reminder of our important heritage, emphasising form, time, and pattern in the landscape as a source of meaning and personal reference. Ultimately, his photography is about mystery, the past, and its connection to the present as an important source of meaning. He cites his influences as Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna, Paul Kozal, Henri-Cartier-Bresson, Colin Prior.