Reimaging the Peaks with Chris Gilbert

Opera House, Buxton

The Opera House, Buxton

Inspired by the scenic views, captured in 19th century prints of the Peak District, Chris Gilbert led a workshop to hunt out the modern settings of these depictions. A group of us spent an enjoyable day reviewing travelography and printmaking, with particular reference to the Peak District, before travelling to various locations around the ‘White Peak’ to attempt to recreate some of those images in their modern setting.

reimaging-the-peak-district-14-of-20We began by looking at some of the fascinating prints of the Peaks (produced during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century when a visit to “The Alps of England” and taking in “the Wonders of the Peak” was a popular trip) and reviewing some of the locations we’d be visiting.

This was followed by an introduction to digital photography to discover how best to set up our digital cameras for landscape photography with the expert guidance from Chris. We then set out to find the starting points for those earlier prints and make our own 21st century digital images of the same scenes.

With many thanks to Gordon Maclellan (Creeping Toad) and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery for organising the event as part of the Collections in the Landscape project, and to Chris Gilbert for his excellent guidance and tuition throughout the day.

Sites visited…

  • Cressbrook Dale and Mill
  • Footbridge at Upperdale
  • Monsal Head
  • Chatsworth House
  • Opera House, Buxton
  • St Johns Church, Buxton
  • Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern

Chris Gilbert

Landscape and Nature Photographer, Chris Gilbert, lives in the small village of Cressbrook, in the middle of the Peak District National Park where he runs the Ravenseye Gallery with his wife, Jane. He offers one-to-one and group tuition sessions in landscape photography and his work can be seen at the Peak Photography Gallery in Bakewell.

Chris has featured regularly in the shortlisting stages of national level photography competitions and was shortlisted for the Take-a-View Landscape Photographer Of The Year award in 2009. In 2012 he had two pictures shortlisted for the National Parks Organisation ‘Beautiful Britain’ competition and was also ‘Commended’ in Take-a-View, featuring in the publication for 2012’s competition. In 2015 he was shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer Of The Year and his work has also been published by National Geographic.

Ravenseye Gallery

Photo’s from the day…

Cressbrook Dale and Mill

Cressbrook Dale and Mill

Cressbrook Dale and Mill

Cressbrook Dale and Mill

Footbridge at Upperdale

Footbridge at Upperdale

Footbridge at Upperdale

Footbridge at Upperdale

Footbridge at Upperdale

Footbridge at Upperdale

Monsal Head viaduct

Monsal Head viaduct

Monsal Head

Monsal Head

Monsal Head

Monsal Head

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Catching the light

Catching the light

The Opera House, Buxton

The Opera House, Buxton

The Opera House, Buxton

The Opera House, Buxton

St Johns Church, Buxton

St Johns Church, Buxton

St Johns Church, Buxton

St Johns Church, Buxton

Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern

Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern

Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern

Winnats Pass and Speedwell Cavern