Fan of the countryside? Good… So are we. We welcome Philippa Manuel to the Soapbox Press stage to tell us a little more about herself and the reasons for setting up Countryside blog, which she runs across her Instagram account too. So tell us a little about who you are and what you’re doing.
I currently work in the environmental industry as an apprentice ranger, so the outdoors does not tend to phase me. I wanted to find a way to express what I see and as I’m not the best writer, I decided photography suited me well.
What have you found to be the three biggest pros and cons in your job?
My CountrysideBlog‘s main aim is to be as natural as possible. I don’t want to impress people with my images, I want to inspire them and show them just how easy it is to explore the countryside surrounding them. The biggest pros of my job as a blogger is discovering new places, having a real feel of freedom and also uncovering natural art. The three cons have to be dealing with the English weather which can be unpredictable, not always getting the image I feel satisfied with and potentially getting lost!
Talk us through your exploration of seasons and which is your favourite?
The seasons are really beneficial for me to re-explore sites and see the colours, flora and fauna change over months. By far my favourite season to photograph is Autumn because of the typical red and yellow leaves which silhouette against the stunning late Summer sunsets (Leith Hill in Surrey is a particularly delightful this time of the year).
Surprise us with a certain fact about yourself that not many people know…
A cheeky fact that people may not know about me is that I’m fully qualified to use a Chipper and Chainsaw, definitely comes in handy.
Why choose the countryside and not cityscapes or portraiture photography?
To me, the countryside is somewhere which has helped me deal with difficult times in my life. The outdoors helps me to find peace and also give me a creative outlet in my life. It is not as enclosed as cities or buildings. The countryside is also something I am knowledgable about, I have an understanding of the management and English species, which helps depicts the sites I visit.
Which are your three items you never leave the house with?
Since beginning my Countryside blog I tend to never leave the house without my camera which is usually followed by my phone and normally a load of snacks to keep me going through the day.