This is a good example of the difference between black and white and colour and associated aesthetics. I prefer the colour shot because the orange light was beautiful. There is however sufficient graphic and textural detail to make this a good monochrome picture. There’s something very satisfying about reducing a photograph to black and white tones, and I recommend you’re always alert to the possibility of doing so. For a framed print or a book it can be very effective.

Crinkle Crags is a favourite for some people. They like the rough and rocky path as some like scrambling up Tryfan in Wales. Several times a UK magazine asked readers for their favourite mountain and Tryfan got first place. I prefer grassy walking so neither are my favourite. The views are what interest me; everything else is secondary.

The other side of Crinkle Crags you find Langdale. I remember once, years ago, meeting a chap at Great Moss which is down here to the left. I was climbing a small hillside seeking a good photographic outlook. He was walking towards me from the distance. He’d set off from Langdale and had mistakenly descended into the wrong valley. I explained to him what had happened and where he had to go.

Another time I heard about two young ladies who mistakenly went down Piers Ghyll, seeking a return to Borrowdale after climbing Great Gable. They had to take a taxi from Wasdale which cost them sixty pounds. They found it fun, I heard, which I suppose it would be if you regarded it as a great adventure.


Monochrome Crinkle Crags

Tuesday August 4, 2015