Professional photographer Jon Sparks takes us on a visual tour of his homeland with these gorgeous pictures of the Lake District

They reckon more words have been written about the Lake District than any other area of comparable size on Earth – except perhaps a few of the great cities. Artists and photographers have flocked here, too. You might wonder if there’s anything fresh to say about it.

I’ve lived within easy reach of the Lakes almost all my life and have been a frequent visitor and all I can say is it still seems fresh to me. And that is what I try to capture. I’ve been to all the ‘standard’ viewpoints, like Orrest Head and Ashness Bridge and Tarn Hows, and they don’t excite me. There’s no sense there of discovering the place for myself.

I also feel that I’ve gained a lot by engaging with the landscape in different ways – fell-walking, rock-climbing, mountain-biking. Each takes me to different places and gives me a different feel for them. And if I there is a philosophy underlying my photography, it’s just that – engaging with the place, getting involved, being something more than a detached observer.

Raven Crag, Yewdale fells

Raven Crag, Yewdale fells, Lake District, England, UK – Jon Sparks

A herdwick sheep in the Lake District

Ice and Herdwick sheep, Lake District, England, UK

Easedale Tarn, looking towards Fairfield

Easedale Tarn, looking towards Fairfield, Lake District, England, UK

Kayakers on Ullswater Lake

Kayakers on Ullswater Lake, the Lake District, England – Jon Sparks

Windermere and Blelham Tarn

Windermere and Blelham Tarn, Lake District, England – Jon Sparks

Towards Brothers Water

Towards Brothers Water, the Lake District, England, UK – Jon Sparks

Walkers on Little Stand

On Little Stand, Lake District, England, UK

Low Parkamoor, Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells

Low Parkamoor, Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells, Lake District, England

Swirl How

Swirl How, Lake District, England, UK

A mountain biker in the Walna Scar Quarries

Mountain biker, Walna Scar Quarries, Lake District, England, UK

Walkers on the Helvellyn ridge

Walkers on the Helvellyn ridge, the Lake District, England, UK

Great Langdale

Early morning sun on Great Langdale, Lake District, England

Walker on Black Crags, looking towards Pike o’Stickle

Walker on Black Crags, looking towards Pike o’Stickle, Lake District, England

The view from Kentmere Pike

Light shines down on Kentmere from Kentmere Pike, Lake District, England

Near High Skelghyll

Near High Skelghyll, the Lake District, England, UK

Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man, the Lake District, England, UK

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