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The Tottling Stone by Colin Bell

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Whilst researching the history of Thirlmere I came across some photographs made prior to the building of the dam and therefore before the major flooding that created the reservoir in 1894. One of the best photographs of the period is by Herbert Bell from Ambleside, which shows this large stone teetering, seemingly miraculously, over Thirlmere near to Launchy Gill. Nowadays the view is, as is the case all around Thirlmere, obscured by tall trees that help to stop land erosion on the steep banks into the drinking water below. On a summer’s evening, in the right light, the view through the trees remains one of the finest in the Lake District.

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.