The Peak District is a photographer’s and walker’s cornucopia. Contrasting textures and changing light at every moment are a constant visual delight and there is rich history here in a landscape shaped by human hands, but a landscape which also remains untamed. It perpetually and relentlessly fights back to restore itself. Creating images on film feels just right for me when I’m photographing landscapes in the Peak District. I have no desire for digital capture here. I realised this even before I had really considered why, but having thought hard about it, I do have a conclusion. It’s because my first steps along my personal photographic path were with film, FP4 to be exact. I don’t feel the same in other places, either film or digital will do for me, but in the Peak District it has to be film. Film is tactile and takes time, qualities shared by this unique landscape and it’s contrasting textures.
Birch twins and grit stone, the Dark Peak