The weather has certainly caused a lot of disruption and drama this weekend in the Peak District, but nowhere more so than Peak District Online's Facebook page. Photographs depicting Derbyshire under snowdrifts have caused an internet sensation.
With the busiest couple of days since the page was launched just before Christmas, the directors of PDO have been absolutely blown away by the reaction to their photographs, depicting the stunning snowdrifts, which have beautified the landscape and snowed a lot of people in this weekend in the Peak District.
One particular photo in their Four Seasons photo album, 'Winter in the Peak District', has received the biggest response ever to anything they've posted before, with an outstanding 21,500 people viewing the picture in just two days.
As it gets shared and shared again, the figure continues to go up and up and the photograph has now gone viral.
The directors and photographers responsible for capturing on camera awe inspiring images of deepest Derbyshire Steve Wake and James Dobson, are wizards at sourcing all the latest up to date information, news and holiday lets available for those wishing to stay in this glorious part of the country. But they also have an artistic eye which seems to get under the skin of their online followers. Their uncanny knack of showing the Peak District to those who can only get at the weekends or for holidays, bringing this glorious part of the world into the office or home miles away from the actual area, seems to be a snowy success.
As a knock on effect of their phenomenally successful Facebook page, the duo decided to launch a spin-off website, launching a stunning collection of photographs available for download at a very affordable fee.
http://www.gloriouspeakdistrict.com offers high resolution images available for five pounds, for instant download, and each image is also available to buy in two sizes of prints too.
'The aim of this new website is to put together in one place, images Steve and I have taken over the last seven years while we've been building PDO,' says James Dobson, the very talented landscape and wildlife photographer responsible for bringing life and vigour to the Peak District Facebook page. 'We wanted to celebrate the essence and the escapism of the Peak District, in all its magnificent full glory - hence the name http://www.gloriouspeakdistrict.com. We depict the true inner beauty of what we think is the most glorious part of our country - and it is a very Glorious Peak District indeed - especially in the snow.'
An area of outstanding beauty, there have been many websites, books and publications which capture the typical sites of the area, but James and Steve aim to go one step further and portray it in all seasons, at all times of the day, breathing life and bringing its atmosphere to the fore, getting behind and beyond the scenes of the generic stereotypical shots.
Fast approaching their thousand download, this photographic website certainly seems to have struck a chord with those who love the Peak District.
'The beauty and spirit of this area can certainly be talked about, written about with eloquence and poetry, but we would like to share in our own unique way, through our photography skills grown through passion, what we feel is the very essence of the Peak District,' says Steve, fellow director and extremely talented photographer. 'James and I are pretty good so we've been told, at capturing it all on camera. We like to take the atypical photo, such as when the dawn mists are first rising or when twilight descends. It's those times of day when the day trippers have left and we get to have the landscape and villages back to ourselves for a little while, that bring the true magic of the Peaks to life. We can photograph the images not many get to see and we want to share them, spreading the word that this is a most glorious part of the country.'
The landscapes which make up the Dark and White Peak are recorded for posterity, a truly remarkable land, in images which are all things; witty, breath taking and very magical. Glorious Peak District is certainly unusual in its portrayal of the Peaks and the personality and character of both photographers is evident through their obvious skills. Images are uploaded on a daily basis and the duo are well on their way to achieving their aim - to be the largest collection of Peak District Photographs anywhere on the internet.