Tea & Chat with Panoramic Canvas
Hello! Great to have you here, the kettle’s just boiled – what would you like to drink?
I'm having a coffee this morning, thank you!
So, tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
My name is Dave Paginton and in 2016 I set up Panoramic Canvas. This is essentially my website that shows off my panoramic photos of the lake district, nature and architecture. All panoramic photos are available to purchase as canvas prints, in three sizes.
What inspired you to start your creative business? How did it all begin?
I am a landscape architect and arboriculturist by trades and for years have been combining creativity and design with nature. I am also a qualified graphic design and photographer, studying art history, graphic design and photography previously. I have been to hundreds of sites taking photos of development sites and surveying trees in advance of development. This has taken me to hundreds of places throughout the U.K, and I have seen lots of varying landscapes. Of particular interest to me is the Lake District. I have been going several times a year for the past 30 years, and am constantly amazed by the stunning viewpoints, landscapes and pure tranquility. I can sit on a mountain top for hours and just stare into the view. I always take photos, but when you get home the photos just never do the view justice. The photos tend to sit on a hard drive of a computer and never get appreciated. That is why I decided to combine my landscape and photography skills and take these stunning panoramas.
How has your business changed and developed since it started?
I first started my business selling my panoramas as one large format canvas size. As months went by, feedback from customers helped me expand the size options and extend this two 3 sizes, for people with more or less wall space at home. I have been to the Lakes more times since my website was created, and have expanded the range of panoramas. I have also featured ‘things’ of interest in my views. Dead trees, interesting reflections and rock formations, fencing and jetty’s extending into lakes and interesting natural elements that add focus to the views. Since my website was created, I have had 3 full page adverts included within Cumbria Magazine, adverts on several Lake District websites and featured panoramas on National Geographic and sharing my images on twitter and facebook.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs and product range?
My inspiration is the natural world. Trying to capture the experience you feel when sat on a mountain, and bring it to your front room, living room, home
What are you working on at the moment? Anything new coming up in your on-line shop?
At the moment I am in contact with Julia Bradbury’s agent in relation to featuring my website and panoramas on here really exciting new website TOG(The Outdoor Guide). It is my aim to add mapping to my website and show people where each of my panoramas was taken so they can walk to the viewpoint and see for themselves. I am also planning several trips to the Lake District in April and June and will be walking different routes and taking more panoramas to expand my collection. I am also looking at expanding the collection to include places in Lancashire, Yorkshire and other areas of interest. Julia Bradburys walking series featured her walks, and strangely I have lived in or close to several of these locations such as Cheltenham (Cleeve Hill), Berkshire (Cliveden), and Bristol (Gorge). I am also planning to add panoramas that compliment places she has walked.
So, where does all this takes place? What’s your workspace like?
My workspace is the great outdoors, and it all takes place in the Lake District mainly, or anywhere where there is a stunning view with interesting sculpture or a creative viewpoint.
What do you like most about running your own handmade business?
I enjoy the freedom to take panoramas of views that I hold close to my heart, and creating a canvas print that others can enjoy on their wall and experience the same feelings I get when sat in the view.
What are your plans for your creative business for the future?
For the future, I hope to display my best canvas prints in a gallery for people to view and enjoy and to get people engaging with my website and suggesting views that they enjoy, so I can go and take photos. It would be great to lead a photography walk and show others how to take panoramas and things to look for when taking a stunning image.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us!
*You can visit Panoramatic Canvas Shop on WowThankYou here.*