“No artist tolerates reality” – Nietzsche

Based in England, I am an artist and the camera is my principle medium. 

I am driven to make work which reflects my love of abstraction. Focusing on details rather than the wider world, I try to tease out beauty from the mundane and the often overlooked. 

I face an ongoing struggle to understand and work with composition, colour, contrast, shape and form – but, for me,  this is also where the joy lies in doing what I do.

Inspired principally by painters such as Rothko, Ryman, Feiler and Hodgkin, I also dabble in mixed media abstract painting and collage as well as occasionally writing fairly awful poetry.

I have exhibited in London, Germany and in galleries across the UK. The first edition of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’, published by Kozu Books, has now sold out.

I have won no awards. I am not an influencer. Rather, I revel in obscurity with my wife and our two dogs, Eddie & Lily.

 “Never knowingly understood”


2021 International Group Project – ‘Sketchbook Project’ – Brooklyn Library, New York City, USA.
2018 Group exhibition – Light & Land – ‘Evolving Landscapes’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.
2018 Group exhibition – Vision 9 – ‘The Touch of a Vanished Hand’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.
2016 Solo exhibition – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ – The Peak District National Park Visitor Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
2014 “The Year of the Print” group exhibition with Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish & David Ward et al, The Mall Galleries, London
2013 “Connected” group exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton.
2012 The Joe Cornish Summer Exhibition – Northallerton. Group exhibition. Four image collection, Highly Commended

“Dark Light” – Solo exhibition of monochrome images at The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough.

Shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year

Ilford Imaging – Group exhibition, Cologne, Germany


“Time Passing” Solo exhibition at The Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire

The National Theatre, London – “Landscape Photographer of the Year” video presentation

2010 The National Theatre, London – “Landscape Photographer of the Year” group exhibition. Judges Choice award.

I have written for and been interviewed by many magazines and blogs over the years. These have become too many to list, but here are some of the more notable articles and interviews.

June 2021 – Article in Pain News Vol 19 p.75-80 – The Journal of the British Pain Society – “Abstract Mindedness – a personal experience of using creativity to recover from mental illness”

May 2021 – Foreword for ‘New Beginnings’, a Photo-anthology by six photographers edited by Paul Gotts and John Ash. The profits from the project going to support the Young Minds UK mental health charity. Full details HERE.

January 2021 – Interview with Euan Ross from the Biblioscapes website on my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’ and other things creativity related. You can listen to the interview HERE.

October 2020 – Extensive 8 page interview by Nick Smith for Outdoor Photography Magazine issue 260 – ‘In Conversation with Doug Chinnery’

September 2020 – Review, including video presentation, of ‘Abstract Mindedness’ by Euan Ross on the Biblioscapes website HERE.

June 2019 – Publication of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’, published by Kozu Books. All profits going to the Young Minds UK mental health charity

April to June 2019 interviews in Outdoor Photography, Amateur Photography, David Noton’s F11 magazine, Practical Photography and Video coverage by Greg Whitton Vlog of my Snowdon Climb and release of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’.

Interview & video for the ‘Togcast’ podcast
July 2017 & March 2018 – I was interviewed by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders for the Togcast photography podcast and we made a video of our discussion of three portfolios of my work. You can listen to the podcast interview and watch the video HERE.

april, may, june and then july
June 2016 – Foreword for ‘april, may, june and then july’ by Roj Whitelock – a photo-essay in support of Cancer Research UK – to buy a copy and support Cancer Research UK please CLICK HERE

Summer 2015 – Foreword for Chris Friel’s Book – ‘Framed’

Fotospeed Brochure
March 2015 – Featured Photographer

Black & White Photography Magazine
April 2015 – Featured Photographer Interview

Elle Decoration
Featured image in Elle Decoration magazine

Dark Knight
Foreword for Rob Knights “Dark Vision” Exhibition & Book

Amateur Photographer
March 2014 – ‘My Way of Seeing” – Supplement co-written with Charlie Waite & David Ward

May 2014 – “Lie of the Land”

Outdoor Photography
December 2013 – “In Conversation with Doug Chinnery”, Interview article by OP editor Steve Watkins. DOWNLOAD HERE

Craft & Vision
Featured as case study in Craft & Vision eBook entitled “Slow” by author Andrew S. Gibson – DOWNLOAD HERE

July 2015 – Editorial Article – ‘The Credit Crunch’ with images

October 2013 – Webinar – “Creative Landscape Photography” – WATCH HERE

September 2013 – “Multiple Exposure Landscape Photography” – READ HERE

On Landscape
May 2011 – Interview & images READ HERE

Major project for new ranges. Also featured in Home & Garden, World of Interiors & Elle Decoration.

Doug thinks artistically and
poetically about the landscape

Joe Cornish

Doug Chinnery is supported by and teaches printing & colour management for Fotospeed