Sherwood Forest must be one of the most famous areas of woodland in the UK, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year from around the world. For the less adventurous the short walk from the visitor centre to the Major Oak is now available on Google Street View, but even on the busiest days there are large areas where you can walk for hours barely seeing another person.
I wanted to show that there’s more to be found when you get off the main footpaths and explore some of the hidden corners of the forest, within 30 minutes walk from a crowded visitor centre you can be on your own in a peaceful woodland or a vast open heath.
This started in December 2016 and turned into a yearlong photography project, with around 25 visits to different areas of the forest producing a series of 100 images.
I have returned a many times since and will continue to photograph one of my favourite local areas.
A book of the Sherwood series was released by Kozu Books in February 2018 as part of their Landscape Editions series. This was a limited run of 100 copies which sold out shortly after release, but you can see more including a page turn video of the full book on the Biblioscapes library entry. The book contained 42 of the images from the original yearlong project and came with a free print of The Frostiest Tree In the Forest.
The Frostiest Tree In The Forest went on to be one of my most successful images, having been awarded in both International Garden Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year, plus featuring in a number of exhibitions.
I also take part in several events at Sherwood Forest such as the Major Oak Woodland Festival, selling a range of framed and mounted prints, plus greeting cards featuring images from the area.
A range of prints from Sherwood are available to purchase online here.
Below is a selection of my favourite images from Sherwood.