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
A herdwick sheep in the Lake District
Easedale Tarn, looking towards Fairfield
Kayakers on Ullswater Lake
Windermere and Blelham Tarn
Towards Brothers Water
Walkers on Little Stand
Low Parkamoor, Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells
A mountain biker in the Walna Scar Quarries
Walkers on the Helvellyn ridge
Walker on Black Crags, looking towards Pike o’Stickle
The view from Kentmere Pike
Near High Skelghyll
Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man
You can see more of Jon's photography at jonsparks.zenfolio.com or follow him on Twitter here. Explore more of the Lake District with the Rough Guide to the Lake District. Compare flights, find tours, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.