These four images were taken with an Ondu pinhole camera in the Spring of 2016, in the area near to Pelter Bridge on the River Rothay at Rydal, between the outflow from Rydal Water and Under Loughrigg. I have been photographing this small area throughout the year as part of a project responding to the effects of Storm Desmond, which flooded large parts of the Lake District and Northern Britain over the weekend of December 4th-6th, 2015. I've been using several different types of camera--film and digital--in an attempt to capture the physical effects of the storm, but also the usual tranquility of the river and surrounding landscape. I quite like the distortion in these pinhole images.
Not long ago I had a tremendously productive dawn photo walk around Rydal Water in the Lake District. One of the great things about photographing at that time of day is that the light changes constantly. I began in near darkness in thick fog and arrived home for breakfast in sunshine. This image of birch trees just as the mist was lifting is a favourite from the morning.
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It is over three months now since storm "Desmond" dropped over 30cm of rain on Grasmere and Rydal in the English Lake District in the course of a single day, turning the usually benign and picturesque River Rothay into a broad and rampaging torrent. This iron fence, which keeps sheep from circumventing a cattle grid, felt the full force of the engorged Rothay and still bears the debris forced against it that day. It has become an interwoven mat of grass, leaves, and branches which mark the levels of the flood's relentless rise.
Over the past few weeks I have begun working on what I hope will become a photobook about the Rothay and these pictures should be considered digital sketches for that project. This fence will probably be like this a while longer, but I was surprised to find, wandering around near Pelter Bridge at Rydal, that the grass, pressed flat by the flood, still showed the flow of the water. Of course this won't last; Spring will make these natural signs of the flood disappear.