Van Life and Landscape Photography Equal Opportunity

As a full-time van dweller and landscape photographer, I’ve come to appreciate the virtues of the pairing. The ability to park up in comfortable accommodations near or at your desired shooting location is tremendously valuable. To do this daily is invaluable.

One’s prospects of being in the “right place at the right time” are all but guaranteed when you spend all of your time in the right places. Building a habit of being in subject-rich environments, local or further afield, lends itself to the creation of powerful images. The strength of mobile landscape photography is real, and Thomas Heaton, albeit not a full-time van dweller, presents a strong case for the style.

In this video, Heaton takes us to the Lake District in his newly converted Mitsubishi Delica. Parking up near his photography objectives, he scans the valleys and combs the ridges for his next shot. As a result of his diligence and commitment to being "in the right place at the right time," he is rewarded with a spectacular combination of light and atmosphere. True to style, Heaton packages a van life and landscape photography vlog into a tidy, contemplative package. Enjoy!

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My first love - after my spouse, of course - is the landscape. My second love is photography. I derive great joy from getting to intimately understand a place: its light, seasons, topography, flora and fauna. I am on an indefinite photography road trip around the US at the moment.

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Having done this a veeeerrrrryyyy long time ago, I've given up the van and replaced it with a Jeep Renegade that pulls a Aliner Scout Lite. I locate an area to camp. Leave the trailer, thereby allowing me to get to places I wouldn't have tried in my van.