What is the Legacy Project?
The Legacy project is a fascinating not-for-profit endeavour to capture the mystifying stone remains of prehistoric sites scattered across the British Isles. Ancient stone circles are a remarkable legacy of Neolithic Britain, their shadowy origins stirring the hushed whispers of fables and legends throughout the ages.
Escape with Jason Friend on an eloquent photographic journey that pays homage not only to the prehistoric remnants of a lost civilisation, but to the soul of a landscape immersed in mystery and wonder - a journey that aims to raise public awareness of these precious ancient monuments, and to assist in their preservation for future generations.
The Legacy project is the realisation of an idea that was inspired many years ago - it was Jason’s early visits to these sites that sparked his initial desire to learn photography. Spellbound by the power these archaic stone remnants wield across the landscape, Jason longed to capture the essence of these mysterious locations on film. This would take him on an incredible journey that would eventually lead to a career as a renowned professional landscape photographer.
Moving beyond a mere appreciation of the aesthetic, the aim of The Legacy Project is not simply to record the physical structure of these stone circles, but to instil a complete emotional experience which conveys the ethereal nature of these megalithic sites. Through this photographic journey, Jason wants the ancient spirit of the landscape to wash over you – for you to think, to feel, to imagine what once took place where the stones remain.
In order to capture the stark and dramatic tone of these mystical landscapes, the project is being shot entirely in black and white using a mixture of infrared film, and infrared converted digital cameras. Traditional photography equipment will also be used to produce images taken during extreme long exposures (sometimes exceeding 10 minutes) to portray a sense of passing time, hinting at the trove of secrets the stone circles have held throughout the ages.
To date, the Legacy Project has led Jason along a fascinating path of discovery across the stunning British countryside, including visits to historical sites in the Orkney Islands, Western Isles, Isle of Arran, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Derbyshire, Cumbria, and Northumberland.
What is Phase Two of the Legacy Project?
The Ireland and Wales Photography Trip
If I manage to exceed the £250 goal, taking into account projected sales from the exhibition, I will be able to visit Ballynoe Stone Circle. And funds raised above the £250 goal will allow me to spend further time in Northern Ireland and also the Republic of Ireland. I am planning to travel from the north to south, visiting a number of sites including the famous Drombeg Stone Circle.
I am hoping (if funding allows) to return to the United Kingdom via a direct ferry from Southern Ireland to South Wales. From here I will return to Northern England with a number of planned stops at prehistoric sites across Wales.
Risks and challenges
Ultimately the major risk to this project is lack of initial funding for the next stage. Without it, the exhibition will need to be down-sized, and the trip to Ireland and Wales will have to go on hold for another year.
However, there are no real ongoing concerns once the project has received funding. Perhaps the only concern would be the British weather but thankfully these monuments have survived for over 5000 years and I am more than happy to wait for the perfect conditions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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