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Tarn Tales III by Colin Bell

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I’ve visited this little tarn, a disused reservoir, on Holme Fell many times over a two-year period. Each time I’m struck by the little differences that occur, not just seasonal, but the lasting changes caused by weather, walkers and animals. A broken branch here, bark eaten by the red deer over the winter or just the wear and tear of footfall. The tarn was created many years ago in order to provide water to power the funicular lift at Hodge Close quarry just a couple of hundred feet down the fell side. The quarry has been left for a long time now and this tarn equally has taken
a healing process of its own following its discontinued use.

Colin is first and foremost a lover of the landscape and in particular the Lake District, being a regular visitor over 30 years. Inspiration for Colin’s photography derives from his connection with the landscape itself, a photographer of the ‘place’ more than the ‘location’. His work at Thirlmere, Delamere Forest and Holme Fell reveals the developing narrative of the land and how nature strives to meliorate the open wounds left by our intervention.
Seeing beyond the obvious is important to Colin and so he allows repetition of visits and the passing of time to reveal both the intimate and wider scenes that are typical of his photography.