VALENTINE ATKINSON IN FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY
Val has kindly contributed a heap of pictures to the site. I have made a random selection with the aim of giving you some insights into what has made this man arguably the most eminent fly fishing photographer of all time. It’s a medley of pictures ranging from scenes in New Zealand, to Alaska, the Bahamas, Seychelles, Terre del Fuego and high mountain streams in the Sierra Neva after the rare golden trout. Note his eye for the human touch, sometimes for the absurd, and his wonderful sense of colour and composition.
Atkinson was voted into the California Fly Fishing Hall of Fame by the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) in March 2003.
ABOUT VALENTINE ATKINSON
‘I caught my first trout on a fly rod at the age of seven. That hatchery fish from the Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia sparked a flame that still keeps me warm.
Twenty years ago I started taking a camera on fishing trips after realizing that there was a lot more to angling than catching fish. Over the years I have learned to combine these two passions into my life's work. My four books fulfil a dream of enabling me to share these passions with you. I've now travelled to 29 countries on assignments and I must confess that in recent years the challenge of making a really great image has started to transcend my desire to catch fish. However, fly fishing and photography go very well together. The secret is knowing when to put down the rod and pick up the camera.
These days I travel farther afield but it's the same quest for beauty and solitude that motivate me. It is my sincere desire that my images share with you the passion for these wild and romantic places. If they do, then hopefully you will share the desire to cherish, respect and protect what wilderness remains in the world and actively resist the greed which flourishes and threatens, that your children and grandchildren will also see these places one day and find them as lovely as they appear here.
Here's to Truth, Adventure and Passion’
Terra del Fuego
BOOKS BROWN TROUT VALENTINE ATKINSON
The Greatest Fly Fishing Around the World: Trout, Salmon, and Saltwater Fishing on the World's Most Beautiful Waters
Trout and Salmon: The Greatest Fly Fishing for Trout and Salmon Worldwide
Friends on the Water: Fly Fishing in Good Company
Distant Waters: The Greatest Fly-fishing Worldwide
Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die