The Lake District and Cumbria has had a really tough time recently, having been badly affected by flooding. This has galvanised our determination to make this project work. We want to bring warmth back into people's hearts, reminding locals and visitors alike what an amazing and enchanting place it is even when it's dark by holding a free weeklong public exhibition.
'The Lake District by Night' - A unique photography exhibition by Rod Ireland & Jonny Marchant. To be held at the Moot Hall, Keswick, Cumbria 24th - 29th August 2016. Two photographers, one photographic subject yet starkly contrasting images. You could say they're 'night and day'!
By putting on a great exhibition in the heart of the Lake District we'll be able to share a familiar and much loved landscape, re-imagined at night. With your support we can meet venue and production costs (photographs, mounting, framing etc) which are necessary in order to stage this event.
Rod: For me, the Lake District takes on a magical quality at night. I've increasingly become fascinated by and drawn towards the different experience as the familiar becomes unfamiliar. To venture out at night, watching the stars appear and to wear the cloak of solitude that comes with being alone in the dark is to discover another Lake District.
I live near Ullswater in the Lake District and combines a lifelong passion for mountains and photography. My previous exhibitions include Askham: People and Place, 'Summit to Sea' - Mountains and Seascapes and 'Love Landscape' - a collection of Lake District images.
Jonny: My wish is to portray a different view of the lakes, one that creates an essence of the place rather than traditional picturesque daytime vistas, views and landscape images that are so ubiquitous. The scale and sheer size of the landscape is greatly reduced in the dark which may seem glaringly obvious until you turn a camera on it.
Ultimately, the project for me is about positivity, being optimistic and feeling good about yourself and where you are. Themes include the basic elements of Earth/Air/Fire/Water/Spirit that are intrinsic to all the photos; also leisure and pastimes, solitude and the pleasure of discovery.
Jonny lives in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District.
Music Credit: Acoustic Breeze - Bensound.com, creative commons license
Risks and challenges
The toughest challenge we've faced has been the poor weather conditions encountered over the past few months which has meant a number of planned shoots have been cancelled/re-arranged.
That said, our schedule of images is now almost complete and we already have sufficient numbers to run the exhibition successfully.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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