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James Dobson

Growing up in a small Oxfordshire village, I was very much shaped by rural life, developing a love for nature and the countryside. I got my first taste for photography while on work experience at, what was then, Oxford Scientific Films. I was fascinated by the diversity of slides that would come into the photo library from all around the world. Inspired by this experience, I went on to study Biological Imaging at the University of Derby where I combined my love of images with that of human evolution and illustration. On leaving Derby, I worked as a Technical Illustrator in the Science and Medicine department at Oxford University Press, where I spent 5 years in digital image creation and manipulation. This proved an invaluable experience when I later took up the post of Scanning Co-ordinator in the National Trust Photo Library when it moved from London to Swindon in 2005.

For the past 11 years, I've photographed and experienced many of the amazing places that the Trust cares for; from woodland, coastline and mountains to tiny cottages, grand houses and vast estates. I cover the whole diversity of day-to-day life at Trust, and particularly enjoy photographing interiors and conservation work. I continue to be inspired by the stories that underpin Trust's purpose and by my fellow photographers, who help communicate such amazing and vital work.

A selection of James' photos

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Evening light on the modern waer feature and the south front of Woolbeding House (not NT).

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The launch of the OakMobile in Birmingham city centre.

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View of Glastonbury Tor, Somerset.

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Taking down the chandeliers in the Saloon at Dunham Massey to make way for the WWI centenary displays.

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A view across the lower ornamental pond towards Westwood Manor and Westwood church, Wiltshire.

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Family exploring the long grass behind the Victorian shooting lodge at Chedworth Roman Villa.

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The Ornamental Vegetable Garden at Osterley Park and House.

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Flooding in the grounds of Lacock Abbey with the house in the distance.

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A NT recipe for tuna and anchovy salad use in the National Trust Magazine.