A native of Southport England with over thirty years of experience, Gareth Rockliffe has achieved international recognition for his soulful landscape photography and has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe.
Early in his career, the Kodak Company of the United Kingdom bought a number of his limited edition images to promote photography, as a true art form to it’s public, the success of which brought about the World Wildlife Fund’s interest in using his unique images of wildlife on postal stamps.
Gareth’s work has been featured in such publications as Naples Illustrated, Portfolio Magazine, Life in Naples, and Boston’s North Shore Life. A five times recipient of the title of “Honorary Color Master, Gareth received an international color award from the prestigious Photography Masters Cup in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, Gareth won an “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the International Kontinent Awards, and that same year Clyde Butcher presented him with an award at the Annual Rookery Bay Photographic Competition.
A partner with his wife Jan Soderquist, in Naples based Soderquist Photography, Inc., the couple was twice invited to Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, which culminated in a wildlife publication and a highly sophisticated video production. Contracted by Clipper Cruise Line to produce images for advertizing and editorial usage, Gareth produced hundreds of stunning images gathered from the remote Kuril Islands in Russia and extending down the coast through Japan to Vietnam. Recently they embarked on a massive project called the Great American Coastline, which they funded through a Kickstarter campaign. They traveled from San Diego, Cal to Cape Flattery Washington state over a four-month period, capturing the majesty and beauty of the Pacific coastline.
Gareth likes to control the whole process of his art, from capturing the beauty that lays before his lens, to the actual printing and framing of his gorgeous limited edition museum prints. “Landscape photography became a passion for me after capturing a singular image. It was a pivotal photograph, as this particular day I recognized it was the beginning of developing my own distinctive style
“There is a distinctive style that threads its way through Gareth’s work which is a mix of both beauty and emotion and invites the viewer to that exact spot…that suspended magical moment in time.”