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.