Nick Mason: Mountain Photographer

I am a mountain and landscape photographer based in Cardiff, UK. From my first steps into the mountains of Wales as a teenager I have always taken a camera with me. Initially this was to record the places I visited and the routes I climbed with friends, but increasingly photography became a necessary creative response to the beauty of the mountain environment and an end in its own right.

I have held exhibitions of my work at the prestigious Kendal Mountain Festival and the Kathmandu International Film Festival, as well as more locally in Cardiff. The outstanding quality of my photography was recognised in 2008 by my appointment as one of Olympus Cameras’ Top Photographers.

When not taking photographs, I work as a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and am a recognised expert in high altitude medicine. I am also privileged to be the Chair of Trustees for the International Porter Protectin Group UK (IPPG), a UK based charity which works to improve the well being of mountain porters throughout the world but especially in Nepal where, working with Community Action Nepal,  IPPG operates two high altitude rescue posts in the villages of Machermo and Gokyo.

Photography Equipment

"The challenge to the photographer is to command the medium, to use whatever current equipment and technology furthers his creative objectives, without sacrificing the ability to make his own decisions.”  -  Ansel Adams

I have used predominantly Olympus equipment since switching to digital capture fifteen years ago. The remote, hostile mountain environments in which many of my pictures are taken place great demands on a camera system. The portability, weather sealing, dust removal system and unfailing reliability of Olympus cameras, combined with the superb optics of Zuiko professional lenses, have stood me in good stead during the last fifteen years resulting in the majority of the images that you see on this website.

More information on the equipment that I use can be found on my blog.



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