I have been visiting the Lake District for as long as I can remember.
When I was 20, I made my first solo visit. Armed with an Olympus Trip camera I explored the Northern Lakes, taking photographs of mountains whose names I did not then know, yet were to my mind as beautiful as anything I had ever seen.
Thereafter, I made occasional visits to the Lakes - family holidays - until I was in my 40's. And then the BBC started to show the Wainwright Walks series, and I felt a great desire to visit more frequently to photograph and to climb the fells.
In 2008 I completed my first fells - Castle Crag, Haystacks and Eagle Crag (Stonethwaite). Since then I have visited almost every year, sometimes several times a year, and have ascended over 30 other peaks. Of course, to photograph a peak does not require ascending it or even being very near to it. But I do find that the pictures I take are better when getting up into the hills, rather than staying in the easily accessible valley floors.
When I first started to photograph the Lakes in earnest I would carry a digital SLR and several lenses, which added several kilos to my already heavy pack. These day things are easier - the range of Compact System Cameras with interchangeable lenses is excellent and my current setup weighs less than one of my old Canon lenses! The quality has improved as well, with my current camera being measured at 20% better than my old SLR (according to the DXO-Mark tests).
I hope you enjoy this site as much as I have enjoyed creating it. It is an ongoing work. I doubt that I will ever complete the ascents of all 214 'Wainwrights', unless circumstances change to allow me to visit far more often. But I do hope to add pages regularly and to increase my portfolio of Lakeland Images.