Oliver Wood

Oliver Wood ~ film crew pro member

I am interested in a wide range of subjects and do all the usual commercial photographer things: weddings, bands, postcard images for local lifestyle magazines and events.

But, I am also known (locally at least) for my creative and prolific documentary or diarist work. I have covered my locality in the minutest detail for many years. I was a very early adopter of the internet, possibly the first local photographer with a personal website and nearly all of my modest reputation has come about through this kind of activity.

I have never yet had a gallery show or similar! Generally, I have an interest in whimsy and the curious or beguiling aspects of the more rural and remote parts of the British Isles. I like weather, nature, verdant places and petricore moods after summer rain. The local landscapes of east Cheshire and Derbyshire are particularly inspiring to me. I think it is an atmospheric environment full of a sense of magic and a hint of the mysterious. It is moody, sometimes sullen, and even a little melancholic but I seem to thrive on this kind of ‘ambience’. As if it were the visual accompaniment to the kinds of jazz sounds and modalities that I like.

My work also tends to incorporate an intense curiosity for the details of all things, often quite curious things that we tend not to notice. I like to create bold images that have a quality of solidity with highly delineated composition and a certain density of form, sometimes I experiment with texture treatments or flat paint-like renderings and a large proportion of my images are shot on antiquated equipment.

Photographers I like: Helmut Newton, Minor White, Ansel Adams, John French and Gregory Crewdson


My work has been used by the following:-

• Cheshire Life local interest publishing
• Global Film Makers marketing & advertising
• House Creative advertising agency
• Invasion Angels Dancers
• ITV Granada broadcasting & publishing
• John Swift Bespoke Homes housing development
• Licklist entertainment news & publishing
• Macclesfield Express news & publishing
• Manchester Evening News news & publishing
• News International news & publishing

• NME news & publishing
• North Star advertising agency
• Paramount Pictures film production
• PH Homes housing development
• Prestbury Parish Council local community
• Silkonia voluntary community
• Stage Invaders Dancers
• The Gate Design Group advertising agency
• The Refinery advertising agency
• Typocom local interest publishing