Devon-based photographer shares his story
- Credit: Gary Holpin
Devon photographer Gary Holpin describes how a walk along the South West Coastal Path transformed his life.
Gary, who moved to Honiton in 2003, said: "I spent years telling friends how great Devon was with so much beautiful countryside and coastline to explore. Although I said this a lot, I rarely got out to actually see the area for myself. So, in 2007 I decided to spend a few days walking the South West Coastal Path."
The first few steps of this walk changed his life, leading to a career change from office worker to professional photographer.
After 50 days of tough walking, he completed the 630 mile coastal path walk in 2009 and celebrated with Champagne at Poole Harbour, Dorset. However, Gary was so disappointed with the photos he took that he decided to learn photography and returned to have another go at the mammoth walk a year later.
Gary is now a professional photographer and published author with his next book, 50 gems of South Devon, due out in 2020.
He provides photography services to tourism businesses and offers one-to-one training, workshops and photographic prints to customers from across Devon.