I am a local photographer living near Shap - at the heart of the old county of Westmorland.
Growing up in the West Country, I was fortunate enough to spend most of my childhood exploring the woods and climbing the hills close to home - as well as around Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and winter climbing in Scotland.
In the following years a passion for wild landscapes, wild life and photography grew. Coming to live close to the fells and dales of Cumbria has allowed me the opportunity to explore this beautiful area and endeavour to capture its presence and character, birds and animals, throughout the year.
For this exhibition, I have chosen 4 landscape and 16 wildlife images that reflect the changes of the seasons.
This exhibition is a selection of my favourite images captured recently on walks and days out out with my dog and camera. Most of the images are relatively local with some taken further afield in Northumberland or Scotland.
With all of them I have tried to capture a small snapshot of the changing seasonal landscapes i experience out on my wanderings. Each season brings it’s own pleasure and enjoyment from a photographic perspective. For example that might be the raw beauty of a snowy winter landscape, the awakening and new growth of plants and hedgerows in spring or even the rich and dramatic colours of autumn. Sometimes though an image maybe captured because it’s unusual, beautiful or just lifts my spirits and cheers me up.
Michael Grolys is a photographer who lives and works in the Eden Valley, Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors walking with his labradors in the hills and mountains in and around Cumbria, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scotland and when time permits further afield.
Landscape photography has been a major interest and indulgence for many years, this was originally as part of the the walks undertaken in the hills and mountains and a desire to capture the beautiful moments that often present themselves whilst exploring Northern Britain.
His main focus and passion is to capture images which convey the striking landscapes we have in the North of England and Scotland. With the changing seasons, highly variable weather and the dramatic light that often results here are always lots of opportunities to keep this passion fuelled.
Accompanied on many of these walks are usually walking friends and his Labrador Retrievers who often feature in some of the pictures either posing for a picture or enjoying the landscape in their own way.
Further examples of work and portfolio can be viewed at www.sycamorebarn.com - Landscape and Dog Photography
This is a project to support the applicant in building and construction works associated with the construction & internal works including floor levelling at The Old Courthouse, Main Road, Shap. (A community building).
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development