So many stories to be told as photographs with 'wow factor' show off Peak District's beauty
Jim Dixon , chief executive of the Peak District National Park, reveals why a permanent display of county images will open in Bakewell today.
ONE of the most widespread ways of depicting the glories and diversity of our Peak District landscape is photography.
I recently had the privilege of visiting an exhibition by the acknowledged pioneer of landscape photography, Ansel Adams.
His images of Yosemite National Park and other parts of the western US landscapes did much to generate widespread public support for their conservation. In his 1950 volume, My Camera In The National Parks, Adams said: "Everyone must realise that the continued existence of the national parks and all that they represent depends on awareness of the importance of these basic values."
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We are blessed in the Peak District with many talented photographers. The advent of digital cameras in recent years has made high-quality image-making more accessible. Among the many thousands of snappers and the smaller number of more serious enthusiasts, there are a very few elite photographers always able to create the "wow factor" image.
Pictures by some of the finest local photographers are featured in a new gallery highlighting the special qualities of the Peak District National Park. The gallery, upstairs at Bakewell Visitor Centre in the Old Market Hall, showcases the Peak District's finest views including iconic landscapes, farm animals, wildlife and plants.
The new, permanent display space has been created by the Peak District National Park Authority, not only to highlight the beauty of the area but to support our local professional landscape and wildlife photographers in selling their work.
The photographers include Ian Daisley, who concentrates on capturing landscape and natural history images of Derbyshire and the Peak District, endeavouring to show the special qualities of our environment in a way viewers can relate to and relive in their own memories.
Graham Dunn is a talented former medic whose work has been described by political commentator and local resident Matthew Parris as "the most evocative and honest pictures of the Peak District that I have ever seen".
One of my favourite Peak District books is by our third photographer, Karen Frenkel who published Peak Landscape and Light – A Photographer's Guide to the Peak District. Karen says: "We are excited to be working with the national park authority on this project and hope people will feel that our images do the place justice."
Chris Gilbert lives in Cressbrook and though his background is as a landscape artist he made the switch to photography in 2004. Since then he has tramped the Peak District countryside making up for some lost time.
Alex Hyde is one of the most talented young photographers in the country and his amazing natural history and landscape photographs are used widely in publications nationally. Alex is our fifth photographer whose work is on display. As the gallery develops, guest photographers will also feature.
Don Symonds, who manages the historic centre, says: "The gallery has transformed our display area. They say 'a picture speaks a thousand words' and these fantastic photographs each tell a story about different aspects of the Peak District."
The gallery, to be opened formally by the Duke of Devonshire, is a new joint business venture and builds on the centre's growing reputation for showcasing the work of the national park's finest artists and craftspeople and the authority will receive a share of profits from sales. The fully accessible gallery has been laid out imaginatively to make the most of Bakewell visitor centre's upper floor space, with informal seating and an activity area for children.
Information on the gallery and the work of these award-winning photographers can be seen online at www.peak gallery.co.uk.