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John Miller

I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years. I spent 3 years at Plymouth College of Art and Design in the 1970's before first working as a photographic assistant in a London studio and subsequently as a freelance photographer in London for 13 years.

I first worked for the Trust in 1984 on a walks book covering the Home Counties and went on to photograph coffee table books on Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and the National Trust cottage properties. Over the years I have worked on many commissioned shoots for the Trust in England and Wales, photographing landscape, coast, properties, interiors and gardens as well as contributing my own images to the National Trust Picture Library.

My commercial work is mainly in the areas of travel, landscape, buildings and interiors. My photography has also illustrated many coffee tables books including Private Gardens of London, French Farmhouses and Cottages, Country Style/Library of Interior Detail, Fruits of the Forest and Tour of Provence.

The Surrey Hills, where I now live, continue to provide me with an inspiring landscape subject, despite Surreys suburban image. I never tire of revisiting some of its known and lesser known landmarks, in search of a new image. The National Trust offers a photographer a wide variety of properties, gardens and incredible vistas. Like many landscape photographers I inhabit the extremes of the day, from early morning to the last light of the day. More recently I have particularly enjoyed the ability to create stitch panoramas afforded by digital technology.

Even now, after many years working as a photographer, I cannot resist changeable light falling on a landscape, or a brooding sky. The day I no longer find the urge to capture this is the day I will retire!

A selection of John's photos

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Inside Polesden Lacey restaurant, Surrey.

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Wind swept grass along the cliff at Dunwich, looking down to the gentle surf lapping the sand, Suffolk.

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Polesden Lacey, a Regency country house near Dorking, Surrey, in the snow.

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Deep pink rhododendron petals scattered on the ground in woodland at Leith Hill, Surrey, in May.

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Cattle grazing at Black Cap, South Downs, East Sussex.

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Panoramic view of harvested fields on the Slindon Estate in August, South Downs, West Sussex.

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Panoramic view of weathered wooden posts on the beach in evening light at East Head, West Sussex.

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Lone walker on Box Hill, Burford Spur, Surrey, looking north at sunset.

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Panoramic view of Leith Hill, Surrey, in heavy snow in January.

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Panoramic view west from Colley Hill, Surrey with morning mist and a rainbow in October.