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about pete the story so far
Portrait of Pete Bartlett

My route to photography was a pretty circuitous one. I studied Art,  my passion was conceptual sculpture and after my degree I set up a sculpture park in Kent. I had a vision of combining art and nature into a place that would inspire. After much blood, sweat and tears it became a successful visitor attraction. You can check it out here: Gardens of Gaia.co.uk

After 8 years of running it I handed it over to my brother and went back to Uni to take a Masters in film and tv production. I’d always loved film and wanted to learn how to make them. I then worked in the industry, on productions, in the thick of it for a few years. Increasingly I found myself with a camera in my hand and with actors in front of the lens. Pretty soon I was being asked to take headshots and not long after that I found myself with a business that took over from the production work.

Over 10 years, 3 studios and a few grey hairs on from that I’ve grown a business that has expanded into shooting portraits, dance, fashion and weddings. As Ansel once said, “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved."

I I love the outdoors I've been known to sleep on mountainsides in the snow for fun. It's a sickness I know but fortunately I've got friends that suffer with it too
II I grew up on a farm I grew up on my family's farm in the beautiful Kent countryside. If pushed I can milk a cow and chainsaw a tree, though probably not at the same time
III I love to travel I've traveled through Tibet, from one side of South America to another, to Machu Pichu and Kathmandu but yet have I to experience the delights of Catford or Croyden.