If there is a prime example of upland peat erosion, the area surrounding the trig pillar on Kinder Low should be at the top of the list. From it’s now lofty perch on a gritstone boulder, the trig pillar is high and dry compared to the current level. Several feet of peat has disappeared and provides a graphic example of why anti-erosion measures are vital to retain what is left. Features like the Kinder Low pillar are tailor-made for the 3:1 aspect ration of 6x17cm format. I used the wide angle 90mm and moved back to take in a good slice of the environment to show the context of the rocks and pillar, the image did not work so well closer in as the pillar then became too dominant in the image. Whenever I walk the perimeter of Kinder Scout, I invariably walk in an anti-clockwise direction and Kinder Low can mark the start of my descent to Jacob’s Ladder if it is getting late in the day and light is failing, otherwise I’ll carry on to Grindsbrook Clough or Golden Clough to descend into Edale. Late in the day is usually best to visit this place for photography as it is west-facing and trig pillars have a natural attraction for other walkers who will intrude into the image as they clamber up to touch the top of the column. I prefer to work undisturbed and it’s a wonderful opportunity to savour the solitude of Kinder Scout when most walkers have already dropped down from the plateau. The low angle of the setting sun casts fine shadows that add depth and definition to the peat and millstone grit textures of this unique landscape.
I used the Fuji GX617, Fujinon 90mm sw lens, Heliopan orange filter with Ilford Delta 100 black and white negative film.
Kinder Low, Peak District.