Bower House opens gallery dedicated to Eskdale photographer Mark Gilligan

PUBLISHED: 14:55 02 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:14 20 February 2013

Esk Valley from Harter Fell

Esk Valley from Harter Fell

One of Lancashire Life's top landscape photographers has a gallery devoted to showcasing his work

Lancashire Life freelance photo-journalist Mark Gilligan doesnt do chocolate box. Theyre not the usual picture postcard type images but ones that really show what this area is like. In all weathers! Thats the verdict of Malcolm Cannon, of the Bower House Inn in Eskdale.

Malcolm was so taken with Marks pictures that he has opened a gallery dedicated to his images. Mark has been chronicling his passion for Wast Water for several years and hes even used the name for his business,

He first appeared in Lancashire Life after being accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photographers as one of the finest examples of the best in European photography. We ran an article on his work and since then he has become a regular contributor.

He has been made a Fellow by the BIPP and he was recently named as one of the worlds leading landscape photographers. After 35 years in the business Im an overnight success! he says.

Malcolm said he had no hesitation in asking Mark to be the sole exhibitor for his new collections on the Esk Valley. We recognised Marks work as being of outstanding quality. Its distinctive but there is a real understanding of what this aspecial part of England is about. Its a look he captures well and we felt that we could offer him an excellent home to showcase the work. We are very glad he accepted.

The gallery was officially opened by Gill Marsham whose family owned the Bower House for many years and she was quick to praise the work as having the quality of a painting. You look at the images and feel drawn in.

The gallery is now open throughout the year and more of Marks work, along with details about his photographic workshops, can be found at

The print version of this article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Lancashire Life

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