The Peak District has many characters and moods and they change throughout the seasons. I’ve been trying to capture some of the Rural Peak District throughout the summer months, to showcase the greens of the landscape and the farm life. I admit, it was a tough challenge for myself, pushing me at times completely outside of my comfort zone. I think it is probably fair to say I am more of a high up on the hillside photographer who doesn’t mind a little walk to get the shot.
So, I think I’ll start off with my favourite photograph from the series. This is from near Tansley Dale, just outside of Litton. Litton has one of the highest concentrations of parallel drystone walled fields in the Peak District. Look at any OS map and you will be presented with a patchwork of fields surrounding the little village. I had done some work on the area a few nights before at sunset, but returned for what I admit was a chance shot. I had been at Water Cum Jolly trying to cover that location off for my book and was heading for some food in Litton. I drove by this spot I hadn’t seen on the previous visit and was intrigued by the view down to Tansley Dale as well as the freshly mowed grass. I pulled over and set up this quirky composition. Previously I had worked mainly with the telephoto concentrating on the lines and light but the wall stretching out in front of me along with the shape of the mowed grass really appealed. I loved the big cumulus cloud building in the sky and the soft light even though it wasn’t golden hour. I just like how overall the image is perhaps not what you would expect from me, the area and it is probably quite unique in that fact.