Winter In The Lake District
A collection of images form a snowy few weeks up in the Lakes, shooting for The Lake District: A Wild Year
I recently returned from shooting some snowy scenes for a current BBC project, we have been hoping for snow and it finally came ( the day I arrived which was amazing) so the team settled in for a full on 10 days.
Part of the trip was based around filming Graham, a fell top accessor, who climbs Helvellyn every day to report on the weather conditions — a vital resource used by all mountain users. It was a full on day but something I will never forget, it quite amazing that you can find this on our little Island with insane mountaineers skiing steep faces and climbing the narrowest of chutes.
The final scramble up to the summit was steep and fairly technical, ice axes and crampons are a must up here this time of year and most accidents occur because people don’t have the right kit. We made it up and filmed from the top for the rest of the afternoon, then we had to descent which was the hardest part. As you come down you go down backwards, and you are told to make every step count as you down want to slip or loose your footing. We all got down safe and sound, and I think we all slept very very well that night.
This particular film is centred around capturing the changing seasons, part of my job is make sure large scale seasonal changes are captured through the medium of time-lapse photography. So it goes without saying that snow is fairly critical to this visual change, because it is a clear winter indicator.
All in all it was a great trip and a very successful one, testing at times but highly rewarding. Its a massive team effort to get us safely up and down mountains and make sure we have the means to work efficiently on the ground. What you see in these pictures is only half of it, what goes on behind the scenes to get us to these places to shoot is quite amazing. Thanks to the whole team.