Dave Newton

Watching and waiting for the light by Dave Newton


Dave Newton is an international award-winning professional photographer and filmmaker and represents EIZO as a ColorEdge Ambassador. For 2022 we will be following his journey on the road as he travels the world with his family, Jess, Isla, and of course Otis in his recently converted truck!

Watching and waiting for the light

Welcome to the second blog in this series! In part one I told you about the truck and the genesis for the idea. Well now we’re actually moving, so it’s time to catch up with our travels.

We spent the early part of January in the North End of England, specifically around the Humber Estuary. It was an area we’d never been to before, but it was stunning! Spurn point is an incredibly interesting spit of land sticking out into the Humber Estuary, with a bird reserve and lighthouse down the end.

We were there for a week, and I managed to get five mornings down at the lighthouse. To put this into perspective, it’s a 5km walk to the lighthouse, of which about 2km is on soft sand. It makes for an early and tiring start to the day, but it’s oh so worth it! The sun rises over the sea, lighting the long grass and then side lighting the lighthouse.

Given the hike, why did I go down there five mornings out of seven? The answer is simple - I was watching and waiting for the light. All photography is about light, but in landscape photography, it’s light that you have no control over. You have to wait, watch and if the sun Gods don’t play ball, go back again and again. It’s one of the key benefits of the truck! We don’t intend to move every day, instead, we have the freedom to park up somewhere we like, explore that area, or in my case wait for the right light in that area. Then we can move on again. It’s almost like living, albeit briefly, everywhere.

When you’re dealing with images of the natural world, I’m a firm believer in keeping things as natural as possible. But that’s only possible when you know, for sure, what you’re looking at in terms of colour and contrast.

After the Humber Estuary, we spent a week doing some admin on the truck down in Essex. I’ve been keen to brush up on my mechanics knowledge so I can keep Bebe in good health on the road. We visited a friend and spent a week getting covered in oil and coolant, replacing all the key fluids, and crucially learning where all the filters were and how to change them.

There’s a question that often pops up when we talk to people, so it seems wise to deal with it now - how do we fund travelling. Well, I’ll let you into a secret - I do still travel, without the truck, for work. And after the week of working on the truck, I had some work in the UAE giving workshops at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah. I also got the chance to do a little exploring as well to create some more images for the portfolio.

I arrived back in the UK as storm Eunice ripped through and since we were by the coast in Essex, I had to head out and capture some of the drama.

With that little UAE hiatus completed, we’re back in the truck now and currently parked in the Lake District dodging rain showers as we head our way North to spend March in Scotland, starting with a landscape photography workshop I’m giving in Glencoe just at the start of the month.

Tune in next month to see where our travels have taken us around Scotland and what gems of glorious locations we’ve managed to uncover.

Happy Travels!

If you have questions, don’t be shy, feel free to reach out to me either through EIZO or through our social media channels:

@globaltraces on Instagram and Facebook, or www.globaltraces.co.uk for a website.

If you want to see more of my work specifically, then @photopositive (Insta and FB) or www.photopositive.co.uk will get you there.

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