Through The Viewfinder and What Alice Found There
This weekend I took a trip up to Brimham Rocks in the Nidderdale AONB of North Yorkshire. I visited once before a long time ago on a family holiday but couldn't remember much about it, so it was good to see the place again after so long. The main reason I wanted to visit this time was to begin shooting images for my final major project for university, which has the theme of 'Man vs. Nature'. And what a perfect place to start! For those who don't know what Brimham Rocks is, it's a collection of natural rock formations spread across the landscape creating a maze of tunnels, cliffs, and caves to explore, and with no admission charge (and free parking for National Trust members) its the perfect place to spend time enjoying the views over Nidderdale.
We spent about 3 hours climbing various rocks and clambering through mini canyons, marvelling at the sheer size of these natural creations and how they balance on each other in ways that shouldn't be possible! I managed to get a few initial photos to get my project started - my aim is to show the scale and power of the natural world in comparison to man, hopefully to make people question their own relationships with the environment and reiterate the fact that no matter how much humans try to control nature, it will always be the stronger and more unpredictable force. Here are some of the images I took while at Brimham Rocks...
So overall it was a successful trip and I think it was a good place to start for some initial project images. Hopefully I will get to visit again and spend a bit longer there next time, exploring even more of the caves etc. Later this week I will be returning to the Lake District for a while to shoot some more project images so look out for a few more posts coming up soon about each location!
Landscape & travel photographer from Cumbria, UK.