Back in February 2005 I went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It was part of my graphic design course so I spent the day taking photographs and recording details of the weird and wonderful sculptures that I saw. The one above was probably the biggest in the park at around 25 feet tall (obviously I didn’t measure this and it is just a guess). This work of art from 1970, is made of bronze and simply called “Large Two Forms”. It isn’t my favourite sculpture of Henry Moore’s but probably the most interesting photograph I have from the day.
After one of the best weekends for taking photos I have had I am headed home. Rather than heading towards the M6 motorway on the route we came (through Swaledale), I wanted to see a new area of the Dales. We took the A684 through Wensleydale, stopping at the Wensleydale creamery where I brought some delicious cheese (Wallace and Gromit style). The photograph above was taken standing in the carpark at Garsdale, about 15 miles west of Howes and 5 or 10 miles east of the M6, just next to the A684 road which we travelled along. I don’t think this route is quite as picturesque as the Swaledale road but I love the line of three clouds in this picture, just adds to the beauty of this photograph.
I am spending the next four days with a group of 14 photographers in the small village of Romaldkirk, County Durham. On the map Romaldkirk is about 20 miles north of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, I am very keen to photograph the numerous national parks around the country so after the Lake District last November the Yorkshire Dales seemed like the perfect area to continue this photographic journey of mine. We decided to leave Manchester early this morning in order to hopefully get some good weather. We got to Nateby for about 9am and drove along the B6270 stopping at all the picturesque locations we could find. I took a few interesting pictures which I will share with you throughout the coming week, Swaledale is said to be the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and I think I can definitely agree. The photograph above shows Birkdale Beck and the main road coming down from the barn and around to the right of the camera. This location was about 20 metres from the main road through Swaledale (the B6270).