New photography exhibition to explore the Lake District’s ‘dark side’

Catbells Festival of Light
Catbells Festival of Light by Rod Ireland

As regular followers of the blog will know, I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different, and a new exhibition planned by two local photographers promises to be just that…

Rod Ireland, from Askham, near Penrith, and Jonny Marchant, from Kendal, are currently out and about capturing images of our favourite Lake District landscapes – but unusually, they’re doing so at night.

I once experimented with creating night time images on a photography course, and with a lot of patience it’s amazing what you can capture, so I really like this idea. An exhibition of their work, ‘The Lake District by Night’ will be held between Wednesday 24 and Monday 29 August 2016 at the Moot Hall in Keswick, so should be one to watch out for. The photographers themselves explain a bit more about their plans in this short video:

Ashness Bridge, Keswick
Ashness Bridge, Keswick, by Rod Ireland

Rod and Jonny are hoping to raise some of the money towards the costs of their exhibition through crowd funding platform Kickstarter – for more information on this campaign, which closes on 16 May, visit their profile online. The exhibition itself will be free to visit, so don’t forget to put the dates in your diary now!

Have you taken any photos of the Lake District that you’re particularly proud of? Where is your favourite viewpoint for a really good photo? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


  1. Helen Critchley

    Thank you Janine. That second photo above is amazing! I enjoyed the video too.

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