About Michael Mathias

During a lifetime in provincial journalism I worked alongside many professional photographers. Watching them use their skills was a great help when I extended my photo-taking hobby from family shots to, initially, atmospheric landscapes of Glastonbury Tor.

Michael Mathias

These moods, especially sunrises, transform the famous Somerset landmark and the first postcards and posters were published 26 years ago with the thought of sharing these one-off moments with others. I love it when the sun brings fresh light, colour and perspective over the Tor. As the ingredients of an atmospheric photograph fall into place, one shot after another are taken to find the one that captures the essence of the moment. The result I look for is an image that draws the viewer into something warm and that can, for some, feel spiritual.

As a journalist I worked in Wiltshire and Somerset for daily papers based in Bath and Bristol before joining the Mid Somerset Series, in Wells, finishing as editor.

Living in Somerset

There’s something special about Somerset; once experienced, reluctantly abandoned.

I have lived in Somerset for 45 years. The range of countryside from the Levels to the Mendip hills, together with Glastonbury’s Tor, is an enticing landscape. It is spiritual, sensual and peaceful; containing many surprises. Overall, the people living in this part of the world are very friendly.

Seen from the Holy Thorn, the sun rises over the Glastonbury Tor
Holy Dawn: looking across from Wearyall Hill and the Holy Thorn to the Glastonbury Tor with the sun rising

Somerset has a robust rural identity but is close enough to places such as Bristol, Bath, Taunton and Exeter. Links include Bristol International Airport as well as motorway. As well as picturesque landscapes, such as Glastonbury Tor, the Levels, and the Somerset coastline, there are a number of commercial venues for visitors, such as Clarks Village in Street (England's first shopping village) and the Bristol and West showground. Mid-Somerset is only an hour from the uncluttered and interesting beaches on the Dorset coast.

Among my favourite sites and places

Glastonbury, Wells, Street, the Somerset Levels and the Somerset coastline from Minehead to Burnham are among my favourite places. There is a strong sense of a rich and varied community life. It’s said that tourists go to magnificent Wells and pilgrims to atmospheric Glastonbury (frequently revisited).

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