The photographs of Hugh Burden
portait of Hugh Burden photographer

Following a successful advertising photography career Hugh now directs his creativity to constructing surreal photographic imaginations.

His aesthetic references cultural and ecological themes or follows an intriguing childlike vision of adventure, travel and fantasy.

Both approaches result in his trademark whimsical landscapes; scenes that belie the origins of the final made image.

Look through the lens of
HUGH BURDEN photographer

Experience the everyday re-imagined into whimsical worlds of curiosity and intrigue

Collect and enjoy fine art limited edition prints for your home, your office or give as a beautiful unique gift.

The photographs are superbly printed on museum archival quality paper in limited editions of 50 or 25. They are signed with year and edition number, rolled in tissue paper and sent in a sturdy cardboard tube with a certificate of authenticity. Major credit cards are accepted via secure Paypal 'Checkout'.

For more information or to commission contact, he will be delighted to hear from you.


"I notice images and landscapes on walls and buildings;
suggestions of stories to be deciphered. It is like
interpreting fluffy clouds as people and things."

Walls Collection

Landscapes & Seascapes

THE INSPIRATION: Discovered distressed walls, stained and marked in ways that suggest landscapes and scenes. THE PALLETE: The textures and colours, cracks and crumblings, stains and peelings, moss and grime of the walls. The final surreal scenes engineered by adding and overlaying images to fulfil the narrative.
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Walls Landscape 01 2020
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Walls Canyon 01 2020
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Walls Canyon 02 2020
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Walls Oyster Boat 01 2020
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Walls Oyster Boat 02 2020
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Walls Castle Hunt 2020
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Brunel Suspension Bridge 2020
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King 2020
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The Walls of Pareidolia

the writing is on the wall

Pareidolia is the mind responding to patterns and interpreting them as familiar things. Each wall I photograph is being reclaimed by the organisms growing there, the patterns they form suggesting their own landscape. To the wall photographs multiple images are overlaid, manipulated and blended.

The constructs represent an aesthetic vocabulary referencing humankind's disregard for our planet; environmental issues that need addressing urgently. My intention is to create surreal landscapes that belie their true origin while testifying to and illustrating the real conflict we face. The writing is on the wall- we are too complacent.

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Walls of Pareidolia 01 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 02 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 03 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 04 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 05 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 06 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 07 2020
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Walls of Pareidolia 08 2020
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Lake Collection

The watery worlds of lichen

Some concrete walls contoured with mould and populated with lichen seemed to characterise underwater scenes etched into the masonry. I played with the notion by juxtaposing pond water, reeds and fish over the lichen covered stone canvas. The curious effect brought to life re-creating the imagined scenes.

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Lake 01 2020
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Lake 02 2020
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Lake 03 2020
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Re-created observations and imaginations

Cliffs & Islands - Brexit Collection

weathering the storm.

The initial creative spirit behind the Island series was to explore fantasy sea faring adventures. As the project progressed it soon took on a contemporary political dynamic. The islands appeared isolated with unknown hostilities and unknown predicaments.Stormy clouds, rain and dampness permeate yet there is still a contrary feeling with an underlying sense of mystery and adventure.

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Cliffs & Islands - Brexit 04 2018
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Cliffs & Islands - Brexit 05 2018
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Cliffs & Islands - Brexit 06 2018
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Cliffs & Islands - Brexit 07 2018
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Cliffs & Islands - Brexit 08 2018
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Universe Collection

Big Bang Theory

I came across this location in Llantwit Major, South Wales, with billions of Jurassic boulders. It was obvious there were photographs to be made here; but how eluded me. I sat for a couple of hours contemplating the millions of grey scattered boulders. The light changed, the tide receded, people came and went but the rocks were silent; I could not see the photograph.

About to concede, my own big bang theory evolved. The rocks, seemingly infinite and randomly dispersed, had an affinity with the Universe. So, with a little intervention and a further trip to photograph the 3000 million year old pink rocks of Perros-Guirec, Brittany these divergent cosmic worlds were made.

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Universe 01 2017
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Universe 02 2017
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Universe 03 2017
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Universe 04 2017
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Universe 05 2017
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Universe 06 2017
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Forest Collection

wood wide web

Nicknamed by researchers as the 'wood wide web', trees communicate with each other via fungal networks to combat threats. Using this underground network they share information and resources giving special attention to their offspring. In return the fungus is supplied nutrients.

Uncovering a pile of damp rotting pine planks I stumbled across myriads of intricate fronds of fungus that had weaved their way around the rotting wood. As each fungus laden layer was exposed diminutive forests were revealed. By merging images of pine trees with the fungus I set about photographically exploring their relationship. The resemblances between the trees and their symbiotic partner re-imagined into surreal forest landscapes.

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Forest 01 2017
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Forest 02 2017
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Forest 03 2017
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Forest 04 2017
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Forest 06P 2017
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Forest 07P 2017
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Forest 09P 2017
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Rock Pebble Sand Collection

Montalivet, France

The long golden sand beach at Montalivet, France had a section where decayed and compressed black forest matter was released from the Dunes in rivulets. It was here I photographed the Wizard, the first photograph in this series, he waved his arms wildly creating spells and unknown havoc. His visage and other magical creations were made by the black grains released from and distributed by streams etching shapes and river deltas across the golden sand.

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Rock Pebble Sand 01 2017
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Rock Pebble Sand 02 2017
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Rock Pebble Sand 03 2017
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Rock Pebble Sand 04 2017
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Rock Pebble Sand 05 2017
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Everything's A Story 3

the Book- 66 pages with 76 photographs

'Everythings a Story' book contained in black presentaion box on a coffee table
Section title double page spread of 'Everythings a Story' book on a coffee table
Double page spread of 'Everythings a Story' book on a coffee table

Get all the photographs in one full colour coffee table package. The book is 38 x 29 cms and beautifully printed on 300 gm lustre photographic paper giving the look and feel of genuine old school 'wet prints'. The covers are hardback and the lay flat binding allows a clear view of each page edge to edge. Everything's A Story 3 is in a limited edition book of 25 and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. An elegantly simple presentation box is availble made of 2mm thick board covered with black linen fabric, it has a dual magnet closure and a red ribbon open tab. Unfortunately presentation boxes are only available in the UK


2017 Solo show, The Bocabar, Bristol
2018 Art Trail Solo show at Studio, Bristol
2018 Solo Show, Guildhall Chambers, Bristol
2019 Joint Show, Leigh Court, Bristol
2019 Joint Show, Art Trail, St Monicas, Bristol
2019 Open Exhibition, Royal West Academy


Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester, Hastings, London,
Maidenhead, Scunthorpe, Bordeaux, Paris, Sydney.

Print and Delivery Information

Sourcing the best printing, the best materials to complement these whimsical and surreal worlds has been of paramount importance. I am confident you will be very happy with the beautiful quality of your printed photograph/s and the outstanding museum archival properties.

Prints sizes range from A1 (84.1 x 59.4 cm), A2 (59.4 x 42cm), A3 (42x 29.7 cm) and A4 (29.7 X 21 cm) in limited editions of 50 and/or 25 as stated. There may be up to two AP's (Artist Pass prints). The photographs are ready for framing, signed with year and edition number, rolled in tissue paper and sent in a sturdy cardboard tube with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Platinum Baryta 300 is a 100% acid free Fine Art paper with a smooth unglazed gloss surface. It was chosen for it's natural white base and state of the art micro-porous ink receiving layer that delivers a high D-MAX (2.7) and wide colour gamut. These properties reveal delicate highlights and smooth transitions to shadows. The paper is approved by the Fine Art Trade Guild and when used with the pigment ink set a print life of much more than 85 years is assured. This combination of printer, ink set and paper originates extremely beautiful photographic prints similar in style and feel to 'old school' wet prints.

Please Note: the surface of fine art prints are delicate and can mark with fingerprints, liquids and abrasions; utmost care should be taken when handling them prior to mounting and framing. We reserve to right to change paper without prior notice to a similar specification of paper.

Canon professional fine art ink jet printer twinned with Canon's LUCIA EX pigment ink produces ultra high quality Fine Art prints with exceptional archival performance. We reserve to right to change the printer and ink set without prior notice to others with at least similar specifications.

Printing usually takes 3 to 5 working days plus post time on top. Depending on where in the World you and your postal service add another 3 to 10 working days. In the event of any delays our end, due to commissioned workload, we will keep you informed by e-mail.

The prints are supplied rolled in a secure cardboard tube and sent via Royal Mail in the UK and La Poste in France. Delivery and packing is added at checkout for a £12.00 flat rate. A confirmation e-mail of purchase is sent after check out and another to confirm despatch. Any date of delivery given by Hugh Burden Art shall be an estimate date, will do our utmost to get your purchase to you as quickly as we can. Please note despite all our best intentions Hugh Burden Art shall not be held responsible for late delivery.

See Terms & Condiitions '6- Cancellation & Returns'. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your print or merchandise you have 14 days from receiving it to return it (tracked postage) for a full purchase refund.

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