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Peak District Photographers - Andy Hemingway

I originate from Crosland Moor in Huddersfield and formed an early love of the Pennine landscape during regular walks in the hills with my father. Since then I have always been happiest on a wind blasted hilltop, clambering over a rocky outcrop or searching out half forgotten antiquities amongst the heather.

 

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Graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine art Printmaking, I also hold a BTEC OND Diploma in  Art & Design and am a member of the Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers. Following graduation, I have since worked in graphic design as well as commercial photography (including weddings, PR, product and gig photography). I am a Destination Photography Partner for the Peak District and Derbyshire Tourist Board and have contributed images and articles to a number of print and on-line publications, such as Yorkshire Life, Landscape Photography Magazine and Simply Saddleworth.

My work has always been about the landscape. Not just how nature has shaped it's contours but how human beings have lived and interacted with the land. From traces of prehistoric habitation, to scattered gateposts and millstones, it is easy to forget that many landscapes were until quite recently working landscapes. The people who lived on the land have left their works, stories and names behind for us to find if we care to look.

 

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Often returning time and time again throughout the seasons, I consider it important to know the locations where I shoot intimately. I research the history and folklore of the areas that I photograph and by visiting locations often, begin to understand how each view is light during each season. To me, landscape photography is about so much more than capturing the scene before you but attempting to capture something of the spirit of the place.

I often exhibit my work in venues around Yorkshire and the Peaks. My latest news and images can be found on my Facebook page and at my website.
 

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Peak District Photography - AHG Photography - Persistence is the Key
  First of all, I would like to thank Peak District On-Line for inviting me to contribute this blog and offer my view of landscape photography in the Peak District to you. I hope that I manage to do their faith in me justice. Often, photography talk is centered on equipment. The pros and cons of the latest round of camera releases, comparisons between brand A or brand B, one lens against another, tripods, filters etc. When asked about what I consider to be the most important element in photography, my answer is always,...
AHG Photography - Persistence is the Key
Introduction Besides landscape photography, one of my other long-term interests is history, particularly how the landscapes of our isles were formed. Like many of Britain's rural areas, the Peak District has a wealth of archaeology and folklore that takes us deep into Britain's history. At first, this may seem to have little connection with photography but it is something that I find richly enhances and informs my work, as much as studying the behaviour of animals does for a wildlife photographer. On the surface, folklore seems to...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 1)
Introduction Folklore is often relegated to the realms of fairytales. Bedtime stories or tales to be told around on open hearth on a cold winter's night. Often however, it can direct us to places that can be a joy to capture images of throughout the seasons. Sometimes there is a grain of truth in these tales that, with a little research, can provide us with a window to peer back into a location's history. The Boarder Lands of Saddleworth Moor Tucked away in the Pennine Hills at the northern tip of the Peak District National...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 2)
Introduction It is common for ancient sites to be linked with other landscape features, visible in the surroundings. In the latest part of this short series I would like to demonstrate how landscape features can be linked in folklore, using an example that straddles the northern boarder of the Peak District National Park. The history and folklore of Castle Hill and its surroundings is long and convoluted, which has necessitated that I split this piece into sections. This first part pieces together the known history of Castle Hill...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 3)
Introduction Continuing from the previous installment that looked at the history of Castle Hill, this part now concentrates on the many aspects of folklore and legend that are associated with the hill. As would be expected from a prominent location that has been occupied variously by so many different cultures, over such a long time-span, it is not surprising that the hill is drenched in legend. Many tales involving sleeping dragons, the devil, a Brigantine Queen and secret tunnels abound, that it is difficult to pick out the grains of...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 4)
Introduction In this final installment I examine perhaps the most enduring and romantic legend attached to Castle Hill, that of the Dragon and the Golden Cradle and see how this could possibly connect the hill to another feature in the surrounding landscape. The Victoria Tower at Castle Hill looking west to West Nab. The Dragon in Folklore A very old tale tells that Castle Hill is home to a sleeping dragon that guards a golden cradle. Folklore of dragons as the guardians of treasure can be found all over the world. Some...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 5)
  The 18th Century Guide Stoop at Curbar Gap Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge are in fact a single stretch of gritstone escarpment. It is difficult to know where one ends and the other starts. Starting from the southern end of Curbar Edge, ticketed parking is available at Curbar Gap Car Park. If you don't mind a bit of a climb, there are also a few lay by parking spaces next to the road below the edge. Before heading for the edge itself, a small detour through the gate at the eastern end of the car park will bring...
Andy Hemingway – A Brief Guide to Curbar and Froggatt Edge
A winter sunrise at Stanage Edge southern trig point. A summer evening on Stanage Edge. At approximately four miles long, Stanage Edge is one of the Peak District's best known and impressive locations. A walk along Stanage Edge is a journey through not only through the geology and natural history of the area but 4000 years of human history and influence. The southern section of the edge is by far the most popular, with a several nearby car parks and easy access. It is used for a multitude of recreational activities and during a...
Andy Hemingway – A Brief Guide to Stanage Edge
Peak District Photography - Andy Hemingway – Loxley Common
  Sunrise on Loxley Common. The village of Loxley sits on the very edge of the Peak District National Park, to the west of Sheffield and now almost swallowed by urban sprawl. Loxley Common lies between the villages of Wadsley, Worrall and Loxley, near Hillsborough. Today a popular spot for dog walkers, there are few clues now left to it’s somewhat dark and grisley past. Robin Hood’s supposed birthplace on a hillock at Little Haggas Croft, lies close to Loxley Common. It is near here where outlaws...
Andy Hemingway – Loxley Common
Peak District Photography - Autumn – Andy Hemingway
Holme Clough Birchen Clough After a somewhat overcast and disappointing summer, autumn has been welcomed by me with open arms. For me, it is the season when the landscape truly comes to life.  Trees blazing red and gold, early morning mists that hang in the valleys and the first hints of frost, fringing the rocks and grasses of the higher reaches. Saddleworth Moor is one of my very favourite locations. Despite its dark reputation, it is a place of wild beauty and with its varied landscape, a photographer’s paradise....
Autumn – Andy Hemingway
Peak District Photography - Black & White Photography - Andy Hemingway
Summer Winds on Stanage Edge. A blustery evening after rain. The middle months of the year can be a frustrating time for landscape photographers, with excruciatingly early sunrises and very late sunsets. Coupled with recent extended periods of dull weather, it began to seem that my photography was taking a nose-dive. I felt that I was hitting a rut and really needed to find some inspiration that would help me to make the most of what the skies were delivering. Something that would use those luxuriant dark clouds as an advantage, rather...
Black & White Photography - Andy Hemingway
Over looking the trespass site at William Clough towards Sandy Heys (in cloud). For by Kinder, and by Bleaklow, and all through the Goyt we’ll go We’ll ramble over mountain, moor and fen And we’ll fight against the trespass laws for every rambler’s rights And trespass over Kinder Scout again… Trespass song based on a parody of 'The Road to the Isles'. The Right to Roam Sunday 24th April 1932 is a date that resonates in the history of the Peak District. As this was the day when more...
Kinder Trespass, 80 Years On - Andy Hemingway
Peak District Photography - Winter in the Peaks
  The snow capped, twin peaks of Crooke Hill near Ladybower Reservoir. Here we are, seemingly in the depths of winter and with Christmas now long forgotten, it can be hard at this time of year to appreciate what pleasures winter can bring. Although this winter has so far has mostly been wet and mild compared to the last few years, when we have seen some quite monumental snow falls, occasional cold snaps have brought frosts and the odd flurry of snow. I often think that the Peak District is seen at its best in winter....
Winter in the Peaks
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