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Kate Andrews and Malcolm Alan Scott Photography
Hello there! We are Kate, Mal and Shelia. We are based in Wisbech Cambridgeshire, in the heart of the bleak Fens, We live in a village called Leverington that's just 2 miles outside Wisbech.
This website is my daughter's works but with her health issues she needs some help, so we have decided to all pull together and run the site as a family.
Self-taught in life, full on adventurer, storm chaser and weather photographer, nature lover and anything that I find interesting in history. Photography just tagged along for the wild ride.
Well I'm not changing all the info, but I am big into black and white, birds and our local landscapes, it took me ages to learn digital and still have trouble with the PC. I like fishing footy and gardening.
I never really set out to be a photographer, yes I always have used cameras most of my life but never gave it any thought to doing it as a full-time artist. My mother bought my small Kodact cameras way back in 1975 and wasn't until around mid-80s I purchased my first full-frame film cameras, a Praktica MTL 50.
My photography life was just an interest, and my real passion was for drawing. Was an up and coming child artist until one teacher set out to destroy my dreams, he would call me a cheat! And a fake! Because I was miles better than the over kids and him, he couldn't get his head around that fact that I had something the others didn't. I stopped drawing and left school at the age of seven.
Wasn't until later in life after in the mid-90s that my interest for photography took off, all thanks to one stormy night and after years of trying management to capture a lightning strike behind out local church. That feeling when I looked at that photo was excitement but a strange sensation too, an urge towards the power of nature, to observe the storm and lightning felt natural, I was drawn towards that world.
I often have different kinds of emotions and feelings towards subjects, and I wish to have those feelings remembered, it may be hate, sadness or joy. I'm often moved by what's around me and don't need the camera to have those feelings. I want to document my perceptions of the world around mean. I love to tell stories with the images.
Life away from art was hard and still is, living in Wisbech Cambridgeshire in the Fens in one of the most deprived areas in the Uk brings nothing but sadness and depression. True be told the Fens is the worse place to be an artist, with its flat, lifeless landscapes, no nature and endless agricultural fields that seem to go on forever.
I decided about five years ago to live my dream and just head out on adventures. Its fun, It keeps me healthy and fit, its one of the best ways in life to see new places, its great for escaping the rat race. Nature goes at is own pace, and it forces you to do the same. For many its about the camera or to some it's about how many followers you have and to others it's a contest to see how has the biggest lens, for me its a chance photograph struggling nature, to document the issues I see and to show all nature is worth keeping.
A self-taught photographer who doesn’t believe in Photoshop
I'm a passionate nature lover and wish to document our wonderful nature in natural ways, I'm also a storyteller at heart but with my dyslexia that can be difficult to do often. So for me to edit the life out of my work using Photoshop would be an insult to my feelings but modern photography has changed the way pictures are made.
I own a mid-priced Canon 7D mk2 and use just a few settings within the camera, for birds AV mode with manual Wb, for macro 99% full manual with flash and those landscapes manual mode only. The cameras tracking system for wildlife seems a far cry from the good old days of no auto whatsoever, even had to wind the film myself!
I use Lightroom for raw file processing and have developed a set of three standards presets to match the camera screen and its software, this then cuts out editing and lets me be free when out knowing the dam software won't mess up my feelings. I find editing removes the soul from the pictures. I'm a user of natural light and see the cameras dynamic range limitations to my liking, and it suits my style so to speak.
Meet The Team
Malcolm Alan Scott
Co-Owner, writer, Amateur photographer of, agriculture and ships and general interests.
Father to Kate, well I try to be, I do the more sensible things in life, I like to leave the crazy stuff to Kate. I like fishing man u, was a pro welder and now just live life to the full.
I spent most of my childhood in Norfolk, born in the village of Burnham Overy Staith. I moved to Sutton Bridge and met Shelia in the mid-1960s. I have not had the life of Shelia or Kate and never understand how they still smile. Things haven't been good with Kate, not the most law-abiding person I have ever met, relationships never last, I think she's too intimidating. Think I spent most of the 1980s in the youth courts and police station with her. Sadly the courts and schools never spotted dyslexia in her, I've never seen a person take on the courts as an 11-year-old and win, she has that never give in attitude from her mother.
I am an amateur photographer and enjoy the odd photo. My art mad daughter has got me into seeing the more arty side of life but the most exciting part in all this, it has given all of us a purpose in life, to see the world in different ways and sadly most of those ways are not good. When you look deeper, our nature and many other things are in deep trouble; it is often too upsetting and for us to get our views out is an almost impossible due to the lack of interest from local people.
Katey Jane Andrews
Co-owner, photographer, writer, macro, landscapes, storm chaser, weather and general mayhem
Due to my MS I have now stopped 99% of my photography, the pain in my legs becomes too much, often passing out for no reason.
Like most people in the Fens in the old day,s we did land work, back breaking and extream work for just £135, school wasn't the in thing, in fact 90% of the kids wouldn't go, I left at the age of 7. Most of my life was spent doing sports, Simi pro mountain bike racer, a three handicap golfer, semi-pro 9 ball pool player and a biker for 20 years. Life has been hard but nothing like my mothers, I'm often very ill and just found out I Have. I found photography an escape from people, have never been a people person and feel most free when I'm out in nature.
I have worked as a professional photographer since 2013 after my family told me to give it a go. I have dyslexia, and that's given me an artist gift in life. I am very mood-driven, will go by feelings and connection to the world around me, I will often have angry feelings towards subjects, be it hate or love, that will often show in my work.
I've Seen more in my life and done more after buying the camera all those years ago, as my dad says, it is one great big adventure, and I can't emphasise that enough.
Long-suffering from depression and I have found going out and doing things are far better than meds and in fact, haven't taken meds for seven years. So if you feel low or down get out the house and try a walk in the countryside and if its raining still go out, it is fun, and it is very different and in most people's lives who are stuck in a rut doing something out the blue will make you think about your life more!
Job, mother and partner
My job is mother and partner. I keep these two clowns in check. I often tag along to see what they get up to, the best thing with photography, it is one great big adventure. I love old churches, and crazy Kate has got me into storm chasing, we have been storm chasing for about 25 years now, I'm 76 years old but feel like I'm 20. Ohh I like gardening and love my soaps on TV.
I was Born the Tydd St Marys Lincolnshire to a brutal father, and in such a large family of nine. Back in those days, kids were born to work, we weren't seen as a family or kids, but tools for our father, starting work at 5 am until sundown all land work. But the hell didn't stop there, and we had to go to church almost every night. Modern people have it easy compared to those days let me tell you.