Across the Lakes with photographer Henry Iddon

PUBLISHED: 21:15 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:50 20 February 2013



Under the silvery light of a full moon a creature stalks the tops of the Lake District fells. But fear not, it's likely to be photographer Henry Iddon.

When he tired of seeing the traditional photographs of the Lakes, mountains and views, Henry Iddon found a new way of looking at the region: in the dark. And these stunning pictures prove it's not as daft an idea as it sounds.

'The light is peculiar at night, there's an ethereal quality,' he said. 'You can see the stars but it's light as well so you can see the landscape in a different way. 'The Lakes have been photographed to death, it is one of the most snapped places in the country so I was trying to do it in a totally different way. 'I camp out overnight on the tops three days either side of the full moon. Wordsworth wrote about the beauty in the sublime. When he was writing Scafell would have been largely deserted on a Sunday in August, now it's choc-a-bloc. But when I'm up there at night, it's exactly as he would have known it, there's hardly another soul about.'

When he isn't lurking on hill tops beneath a full moon, father-of-two Henry works as a commercial photographer in Cleveleys and, having grown up in Blackpool, he knows a thing or two about lights.

'The Lake District hills seem even more brooding at night,'

Henry added. 'You can spot things you wouldn't see during the day, specks of light in the distance show up where farm houses are up to 20 miles away. That's a good thing and a bad thing - it's good for my pictures but it's bad because it highlights the problem of light pollution.

Henry, whose mother grew up in near Far Sawrey, is hoping to stage an exhibition of his night time shots at the Wordsworth Trust next year and may then take the nocturnal photography idea to other parts of the country.

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