Roger Lane was born in Dorset and has lived and worked in the Wimborne area for most of his life. After a forty four year career with a local aerospace company, Roger took early retirement in 2004 to pursue his interests of photography and writing.
He became interested in photography in the mid 1960’s and in 1967 joined Wimborne Camera Club where as an active member he co-organised photographic teach-ins at Avon Tyrell in the New Forest. These became major events in the UK photographic calendar, attracting many leading photographers of that time. These events later focused on audio-visual productions and brought photographers and audio-visual producers together from the UK and Europe.
In 1968 Roger was commissioned by the advertising department of Agfa Gevaert to photograph the major motor racing events, teams and personalities in the UK. His images were used to promote Agfa’s colour film and have more recently been featured in the pages of Motor Sport magazine and other publications featuring the 1960's scene.
In September 2009 a book 'Out of the Shadows' was published by Halsgrove in which Roger's photographs reveal a stark contrast with today’s clinical Formula 1 scene. Here we can re-live once again the classic duels between Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Graham Hill and others, reviving the atmosphere of this memorable motor racing era.
A selection of Roger's photographs of Jochen Rindt, motor racing's first posthumous World Champion have also been chosen for David Tremayne's book 'Jochen Rindt - Uncrowned King' published by Haynes in September 2010.
His audio-visual work has been screened throughout the country and has largely been documentary based. 'Steam Dream' featured the work of wildlife artist David Shepherd and his interest in steam railway preservation; this was written, photographed and produced by Roger with commentary by BBC commentator the late Wynford Vaughan-Thomas. He also produced 'In Pursuit of Nature', a portrait of Claude Monet, featuring the landscapes in which he worked and of course the realisation of his famous garden at Giverny.
In 1991 Roger Lane was co-photographer with colleague Roger Holman and local writer Roger Guttridge when the three Rogers as they became known published their first book 'The Landscapes of Dorset', followed in 1993 by 'The Villages of Dorset'.
For a number of years Roger has been commissioned to photograph the grounds and architecture of Canford School near Wimborne and in 2008/2009 Roger photographed many gardens open to the public throughout the county. These images together with a text written in close participation with the garden owners, was published by Frances Lincoln in April 2010 as 'The Gardens of Dorset'.
In June 2015 Amberley Publications released Roger's latest book 'Cranborne Chase - A Secret Landscape'. This book features one of the most atmospheric and historical landscapes in the south of England and again Roger was joined in the photography with his long term colleague and friend Roger Holman.
In 2018 Roger self published a further motor racing book based on his experiences at the UK's fastest motor racing circuit - Thruxton in Hampshire. The book 'Thruxton Revisited' was produced in celebration of the circuit's 50th Anniversary and included images from the archives of the British Automobile Racing Club and contributions from various motor racing personalities including racing driver and TV presenter Tiff Needell.
Writing and photography is now Roger's main activity. His work on the landscapes of France and the French Impressionists has been widely featured in France Magazine and more recent landscape work has been published in Outdoor Photography, Photography Monthly, Dorset Life, Dorset Magazine, Heritage Magazine and the National Trust.
Working from his Wimborne home, Roger continues to photograph his home county of Dorset. Other book projects are under way and he is also creating a new dimension to his photography with the introduction of fine art and abstract images.
Further examples of his work can be seen at Dorset Pictures