“No artist tolerates reality” – Nietzsche

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

While being somewhat averse to labelling my work, if pressed, I would describe it as ‘Photographic Expressionism‘.

I am driven to make images which reflect my love of abstraction. Focusing on details rather than the wider world, I try to tease out beauty from the mundane and often overlooked. Having little interest in showing things as they are, my quest is to evoke an emotional response from my work.

My images tend to owe much to Abstract Expressionist painters, attempting to discover balance and harmony in pure shapes, colours, forms, contrast and texture. I face an ongoing struggle to understand and work with the visual language – but, for me, this is where the intense joy lies in doing what I am so privileged to do.

Inspired principally by painters such as Rothko, Ryman, Feiler and Hodgkin, I also owe a great debt of gratitude to my fellow photographer friends Chris Friel and Valda Bailey for being shining lights in my creative world.

I have exhibited in London, Germany and in galleries across the UK. The first edition of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’, has now sold out. I relish frequent opportunities to speak to photographic groups around the world about creativity and abstraction.

I enjoy engaging with students who share my love of creative freedom and artistic expression through abstraction and devote much of my time to teaching.

I would love to invest more time in making my own work, including my abstract painting, and enjoying travel with my wife, Beth, and our two dogs, Eddie & Lily.


 “Doug Chinnery… a pivotal artist who has redefined the creative photographic landscape”

Santa Fe Workshops


November 2022 International Group Project – ‘Abstract Rhythms and Blue Notes’ – Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, Kent, UK.    
September 2022 International Group Project – ‘Abstract Rhythms and Blue Notes’ – Sohn Gallery, Lennox, MA, USA.    
September 2022 Speaker & Workshop Leader International Master Artist Series – Lennox, MA, USA.    
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

2011 “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.

May 2022 – Collaborated with Chris Friel on his book and exhibition, ‘Hypergraphia’, along with Joseph Wright, Peter & Lucy Jones, Paul Sanders and Dr. Alice Flaherty. All proceeds of the book and exhibition going to support the Photo Space charity as part of the 2022 Mental Health Awareness Week.

February 2022 – Foreword for ‘Anecdotes’ by Chris Friel, published by Joseph Wright.

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