“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 overlooked. Captivated by decay and the creative possibilities it yields, my images often (and unconsciously) lean somewhat toward the melancholy. 

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, Frankenthaler, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Turner, I sometimes bring my images and poetry together. I have a growing interest in making cyanotypes and dabble in mixed media abstract painting and collage.

I have exhibited in London and in galleries across the UK. My book, Abstract Mindedness, published by Kozu Books, has now sold out.

I am not an award winner. Nor am I an influencer. I revel in obscurity with my wife and our two dogs, Eddie & Lily.

 “Never knowingly understood”


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

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

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

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

2013 “Connected” group exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton from 27th April for five weeks.
2014 “The Year of the Print” group exhibition with Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish & David Ward et al, The Mall Galleries, London
2016 Solo exhibition – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ – The Peak District National Park Visitor Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
2018 Group exhibition – Vision 9 – ‘The Touch of a Vanished Hand’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.
2018 Group exhibition – Light & Land – ‘Evolving Landscapes’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.

I write regularly for Outdoor Photography magazine and occasionally for several other magazines, both in print and online and have done for many years. I have been interviewed by many magazines and blogs over the years too. These have become too many to list, but here are some of the more notable articles and interviews.

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

On Landscape
May 2011 – Interview & images READ HERE

September 13 – “Multiple Exposure Landscape Photography” – READ HERE

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

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

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

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

May 2014 – “Lie of the Land”

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

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

Elle Decoration
Featured image in Elle Decoration magazine

Black & White Photography Magazine
April 2015 – Featured Photographer Interview

Fotospeed Brochure
March 2015 – Featured Photographer

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

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

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 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’.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Doug thinks artistically and
poetically about the landscape

Joe Cornish

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