Cumbria’s ‘lone trees’ and surrounding landscapes in pictures

Harriett working at Glencoyne PineImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption This Scots pine looks over Ullswater in the Lake District. It stands firm in an area grazed by flocks from nearby Glencoyne Farm

A two-year project documenting lone trees and their surrounding landscapes is being showcased in a new exhibition.

Photographer Rob Fraser and his poet wife, Harriet, have visited seven trees in Cumbria across the seasons.

Titled The Long View, the pair from Kendal have pictured and written about scenes encountered on their walks.

Cumbria’s ‘lone trees’ and surrounding landscapes in pictures
Cumbria’s ‘lone trees’ and surrounding landscapes in pictures

As well as photographs, the exhibition at Newcastle’s Great North Museum: Hancock also features poems, screen prints and 3D work.

It was first shown at Grizedale in Cumbria last summer.

To reflect its new location, the pair have extended its focus to include seven Tyneside trees – a process Harriet described as “fascinating”.

She said: “Our work is all about being outside and slowing down, taking time to get a sense of the many different layers of landscape and appreciating the value of being in nature.

“Trees are often invisible, or sidelined, in our urban environments and yet they contribute so much.

“Taking time to be still with them, while the city buzzes around them, has been an eye-opening experience.”

Under Helm SycamoreImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption Under Helm’s sycamore is within sight of Grasmere’s Dove Cottage, once home to the poet William Wordsworth
Redwings on the Little Asby HawthornImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption Little Asby’s hawthorn, near Orton, stands “as a determined, defiant claw, or an ecstatic dancer celebrating wildness and survival,” Harriet says
Trout Beck alderImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption On the edge of Trout Beck, this alder “places a pause in a valley where there is always movement of water”
Pedestrian overpass over Great North RoadImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption The couple’s search for notable Tyneside trees took them to the Great North Road’s pedestrian overpass
Laburnum by Black GateImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption Exploring the areas around Newcastle’s historic city walls led them to this lone laburnum
Rob Fraser walking over Harter FellImage copyrightRob Fraser
Image caption Harter Fell offers views of the Scafell and Coniston ranges

The Long View is at The Great North Museum: Hancock until 4 March 2018.

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