Monday, 30 March 2015
08:41 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Star trails from Jenkin Hill.|
I've been back home less than 24 hours and am already planning my next trip to the Lake District to continue filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. The past 12 days or so has been incredibly testing for me on many fronts but the long waits and exhaustion has been worth it.
I'm inclined to say that much of what I've captured so far for my next film exceeds anything I did for 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' but there's still a long way to go yet!
Anyway here are a selection of photos which give a flavour of what I got up too....
Monday, 16 March 2015
08:02 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|A recent scene I captured on video for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'.|
You may or may not have noticed in the side bar on this blog, that I'm currently fundraising for my next film 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' on Indiegogo. I've raised some of the budget from sponsors and am now seeking the rest with kind support from members of the public. So do please take a look and see if it's of interest to you.
I'm thrilled to reveal that Dan Richards from Lake District Cycling has contributed towards the campaign with some fantastic offers for cycle hire within the national park. Last weekend Dan had helped out a famous guest who planned cycling up Helvellyn - the actor Damian Lewis. He's even got a copy of my recent film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' too!
Other rewards available on the Indiegogo page include lucky backers featuring in the film! In the coming weeks ahead I hope to offer some more enticing gifts for supporters, so do check in on Indiegogo regularly folks.
|Damian Lewis collects one of Dan's bikes from Penrith rail station.|
Scrolling through the Indiegogo page you'll learn a little more about my plans for Blencathra but needless to say I'm keeping back considerable information to ensure some nice surprises for viewers once the film has been completed.
Monday, 9 March 2015
08:31 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Back on the BBC for a repeat run.|
Gotta admit I was surprised to discover the other day that my labour of love 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' is being repeated on BBC TV this month. It only had it's terrestrial TV premiere last January. It's still the 60 minute abridged edit of the full film though. No bad thing of course.
I just hope it inspires yet more people to see the area differently or at least strap on their boots and take in the delights of the great outdoors.
Ironic really as when it will be back on the TV (and iPlayer) I'll likely be cooped up in a tent filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'!
Thursday, 26 February 2015
09:23 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|The finished painting - Yewbarrow by Wastwater.|
A week ago today, David Powell-Thompson and myself attended a public event in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston organised by BBC Radio Cumbria and Up For Arts. 'A Picture of Cumbria' was presented live on radio for the morning which involved members of the public contributing towards a 'painting by numbers' display created by Reeves' artist Geoff Tristram of one of my photos chosen by the BBC.
The idea behind the event was to get locals inspired to the scenic delights of the area coupled with provoking an interest in the arts. I'm pleased to say the event went extremely well with people of all ages grasping a pot of paint and painting a selected area of the canvass with brush in hand.
I have to admit, it was thrilling to see one of my photos come to life as a painting, all from the efforts of the general public. I was immensely proud to say the least. It was also nice bumping into folks sharing their thoughts on my recent film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
10:03 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Countess Bridge and the main valley road in Wasdale at sunset yesterday.|
It's been a gloomy few days here in Wasdale so my wife and I have spent much of our time exploring the lower level delights of the area including the wonderful beaches nearby. Even so, there has been the odd hour or two where the clouds have parted and revealed the glories of the valley with some incredible light and contrast...
Saturday, 21 February 2015
10:09 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Clough Head from Souther Fell.|
I'm sat here with a cup of tea relaxing in a holiday cottage in Wasdale contemplating where I shall take an easy wander today in the area. Temperatures have dropped, the winds have eased markedly and there's fresh snow on the fells. Perfect hillwalking conditions.
I'm also reflecting on the past week's shoots for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. Since announcing I've begun filming the documentary my phone and email inbox has been red hot with interest from both the media and public alike. I'll admit it's taken me by surprise. I had no idea to the huge amount of affection people hold what many consider to be the best mountain in the Lake District National Park. No pressure there then!
Earlier in the week, the weather looked less than ideal as I made my way from Scales to Souther Fell for a couple of nights filming. Skies were overcast and grey but as I slowly made my way higher up onto the tops seeking vantage points for my cameras, the clouds began to break with delightful beams of light reaching out to the valley bottoms from the sun. Purely magical!
Thursday, 12 February 2015
19:29 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|The mighty Scafells at sunset from near the Eskdale Needle last week.|
I've been spending quite a lot of time in the Lake District again of late. A few weeks ago I hit the ground running on two new DVDs I'm producing in the area this year. After some discussion, plans have changed slightly so what's next?
This weekend I'm set to begin filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' and last week I began the first of a few shoots for 'Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson'. There's a teaser clip at the bottom of this blogpost which includes a couple of bloopers for the keen-eyed and a peek at some UAV footage I've been capturing in the area!
What with the above and another project up in the delights of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, folks may notice a few tumbleweeds blowing about in this corner of cyberspace. But you can see what I'm up to on Twitter and Facebook of course.
I'll admit I had been watching and waiting patiently to time my last visit right as far as the weather was concerned and it paid off handsomely. Most days were dry and calm but very cold. Most of the valley bottoms were thick with frost despite the ever rising wintry sun. Perfect hillwalking weather really.
Anyway, I must dash so here are a selection of photos from my recent visit to the Western Lakes including the teaser clip featuring David.
Monday, 2 February 2015
17:27 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Yewbarrow and Wastwater - being transformed into a Painting by Numbers.|
BBC Radio Cumbria & Up for Arts are setting out to kindle a passion for painting by creating a huge Paint by Numbers scene at an outside broadcast at Ulverston's Coronation Hall, Cumbria.
Listeners can pick-up a brush and be a No.1 (Sky Blue) to a No22 (Burnt Sienna) and together create A Picture of Cumbria.
Artist Geoff Tristram has created the outline - the man behind all the Painting by Numbers for Reeves who once tried (and failed) to sneak Bakewell tarts into a copy of The Last Supper.
He's traced a photograph kindly donated by Terry Abraham inspired by his mesmerising film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike', for a classic slice of Lakeland beauty.
From 9am til 12pm on February 19th, Kevin Fernihough's Mid-Morning Show will be inviting all-comers to reconnect with this battery-free pastime, meet local art groups and ask what art can do to revive communities.
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