The English Lake District - Book

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The English Lake District - Book

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THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT

28 Black & White Photographs set over 40 Pages - A5 - Edition of 30

I am intrigued by our affinity to place. What is it within a place that enlivens our emotional sensibilities, to be drawn in and feel close to it? More often than not, it is a place that we do not call home but merely pass through as a tourist. It is not ours, yet we feign ownership over it, or maybe it imposes ownership over us?

The English Lake District is such a place that holds my affinity. The serenity of the water and the drama of the peaks, it is often overromaticised, the reality of daily life in the lakes undoubtedly different to the fleeting experiences celebrated by it’s passing guests. Yet it maintain’s it’s hold on the hearts of each who have the fortune of visiting. 

It is an environment in which I discover more of myself, a growing affection for the landscape that allows freedom of thought, exploration, introspection, both as a destination for rest but also adventure, the extension of myself and on occasion, a test of physical and mental endurance. It as a formative place, a location for my environmental socialisation over the years.

On occasion, it is possible to catch glimpses of oppourtunities taken by individuals to mark their special place, a dedicated bench, a bunch of flowers left, a padlock on a railing, an etching on a rock, or simply a addition to a cairn. For me, my affection is captured in photographs, and over the past few years, the Lake District has afforded me many oppourtunities to make, in particular, black & white photographs. It has granted me the chance to practice my craft in all weathers and temperaments, alone, with family and friends, although in no way do I regard this as a summation of the Lake District, for I am an outsider, one of the many passing visitors.

Alongside these still images is a collection of frames from my latest contribution to DoubleBlind, a collaborative project with artist Tom Musgrove formed during the making of The Edges Of These Isles, explained in more detail prior to their presentation in the book.

Thank you for reading.

Simon Bray

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