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Landscape photography book capturing the spirit of the land and people in the Pendle area famed for the 17th-century witch trials.
Landscape photography book capturing the spirit of the land and people in the Pendle area famed for the 17th-century witch trials.
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At the end of the 16th century Pendle was regarded by the authorities as a wild and lawless region.
At the end of the 16th century Pendle was regarded by the authorities as a wild and lawless region.

A stunning new book from Pendle based multi-award winning photographer and filmmaker Alastair Lee, due for release in November 2018. After the success of Alastair’s previous local publications, ‘Forgotten Landscape’ (2006) and ‘Pendle, Home and History’ (2009) comes his third and most spectacular offering to date: ‘Pendle Witch Country’.

This impressive new book embraces the area’s most cherished landmark and captures the spirit not only of its infamous past but of a thriving community that lives under its dominant presence. Celebrating the unique charm of Pendle and capturing how people interact with the landscape of which they are so passionate. Flora, fauna, farming, adventure sports and the fabled spirit of witchcraft all permeate through the pages of this illuminating book.

Alastair has opted to keep full control over the creative, editorial and local distribution of the book ensuring the 'directors cut' is what reaches the shelves. In order to achieve this Alastair has set up this Kickstarter campaign to take advanced orders on the book and raise enough revenue to cover the bulk of the printing costs.

The book is a hardback 160-page full-colour glossy photo book with a fine art quality finish measuring 276mm x 219mm.

Previous praise for Alastair's Pendle work - 'They're not just pretty pictures but images that speak of a fundamental appreciation of the hills as a refuge from the world and a visionary vantage point, a unique wild character in the landscapes of our imagination. Our relationships with place are particular, personal and intimate. Lee's climbing colleagues in countries with vast mountain ranges may not understand the British fondness for enigmatic lumps and nub-ends of hills sticking out of the countryside, but we have always loved them.'  The Guardian

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As with any book you never know how well it may, or may not do. This campaign will help give an accurate impression for the book's demand and reduce some of the risk and stress involved with self-publishing. The goal is to raising enough funds through pre-orders to at least cover the majority of the sizable printing bill that comes with such a high-quality production.

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