20"x16" Print in 27"x24" Mount £125 - Carriage included
This maybe a true vintage photograph now: never-before seen, taken in 1997 on a large format film camera in black and white. At the time I was obsessed with Ansel Adam’s work and I think that shows in the way I developed the photograph.
Today, most of the fir trees have been harvested for timber or have been storm damaged, so the landscape does not look like this now.
I used to walk here a lot and found this area to be a peaceful retreat with red squirrel a regular sighting! Today, not quite so, I still come here to seek solace and to do my work - I struggle to comprehend the decimation of forestry works and storm damage.
I took another picture here in 2007, MPBW6 Raven Crag, Thirlmere, and this is now an archive photograph too which can never be taken in this composition again - the whole woodland fringing the approach to the crag is simply gone! But don’t despair, the native trees have been left and 50 years from now it will, hopefully, be very different.
I hope I captured in these images what I truly felt at that time; a unique sense of wilderness about this place, something raw and vital which inspired and fed the soul.
Producing these images in black and white or in sepia tone seems fitting – in a mahogany or bronze frame they are grand and have a meaningful presence on the wall…a window into the past:)
Ref: MPBWY - Raven Crag II
Artist: Mike Shepherd