HE was formerly an assistant pro golfer at Morecambe Golf Club and has built and worked on golf clubs around the world.
But Lancastrian Gary Fitch is taking shots of a different kind these days as a fine art photographer – and this time he is ensuring they are well above par.
Gary, 38, a Lancaster Royal Grammar School old boy, opened the Three Peaks Gallery in The Shambles at Settle’s Market Place last November having previously worked from an office at his home in the town.
Until just over a decade ago. Gary built and worked on golf courses around the world having graduated with a first-class honours degree in sports turf agronomy.
They included the Carton Hayes courses west of Dublin which were designed by golfing legends Colin Montgomerieand Mark O’Meara.
But he then decided to pursue his dream career, which combines his passion for the outdoors with his love of photography.
“As a child I liked to draw and copy things, so I suppose I have always been creative,” he said.
“I loved nothing more than walking in the mountains and camping in remote places.
After pursuing photography as a hobby, he is now making a living from it as a career.
Gary, who is married and has three step-children, sells hand-printed framed photographs of stunning local landscapes and teaches landscape photography through bespoke courses.
He also does portrait and commercial work and undertakes printing for artists.
Gary works both in colour and traditional black and white film using a medium format camera.
His photographs are mostly captured in the first and last hour of available light and each image is carefully produced from film.
Gary recently took part in June’s North Yorkshire Open Studios and has also completed a hardback book depicting Scottish trawlermen, which he is hoping to publish soon.
He is also collaborating with folk hero Mike Harding on a book which will combine his black and white images of the Yorkshire Dales with Mike’s evocative prose.
Gary is holding an exhibition The Shipping Forecast, which runs at the gallery for three weeks from Sunday, August 12, and depicts images he gathered during his time north of the border, including seascapes, lighthouses, Peterhead fish market and boat builders.
Another exhibition of his work is being held at the Gallery on the Green in Settle from September 2-October 13
“The Yorkshire Dales, although very beautiful, do not have the same wow impact as the Lake District.
“It is for this reason I enjoy exploring the Dales looking for a unique viewpoint, often overlooked.
“I’ve started my gallery at a really tough time in terms of the economy and I am producing a luxury item.
“It is hard to gauge until I have done a full year, but all things considered it’s probably not doing too badly.