Spring and Connections


It has been a busy but steady start to the year.


Much of the workload is now planned but it is always nice to receive additional commissions and workshops!


The award winning film ‘LIFE OF A MOUNTAIN:SCAFELL PIKE’ was aired on BBC Television and I was delighted to receive so much ‘traffic’ via social media. It was heart warming that people took such time and trouble and actually touched me that fellow professionals were kind in their praise of my appearance on the programme. Lovely comments and as an added bonus I was able to reconnect with friends I hadn’t heard from in years. Even as far back as my upper 6th schooldays!


One of them lead to a conversation that prompted me to ask the question, “how did this all happen?”


I won’t elaborate in writing because I speak about this in the link here, so please click on it and go and have a listen. I hope you find the piece enjoyable.




I found myself stood there pondering about connections whilst working by Rydal Water on a wet but pleasant day but I don’t want you to imagine I often stand around thinking deeply and looking vacant. It just hit home at that time.


With new commissions coming in from various magazines and my workshops being regularly booked I am literally all over the Lakes. Not a complaint but a fact.


Whilst most is planned, occasionally I am asked to undertake a ‘quickie’. Sometimes its fruitful and others not. I was asked to go and take some shots recently over at Ullswater but the window I had to do this was one day and the game we play of ‘Weather Roulette’ kicked in.


It happens.


Whilst I did manage a few moody images it wasn’t to the desired brief but they will be useable at a later date.


A couple of pleasant sessions on Wast Water for Sunrise and Sunset proved extremely worthwhile. Some fantastic light and I am pleased with the results.


Image 2 Wast Water Sunrise


In fact whilst I haven’t used those shots in magazines as yet, I do have a piece in this months THE GREAT OUTDOORS magazine on that subject. I hope you enjoy reading it.


Again I used the Fuji X Pro 1 camera with the Lee Seven5 filter system. I cannot fault them at all.


I recently ran a workshop for Nick Hood who had ‘won me’ in a raffle on behalf of FIXTHEFELLS. It was a pleasure to undertake and Nick hadn’t been near a camera properly for years but thoroughly enjoyed his day. I know he did because he posted the before and after images all over Facebook and Twitter!


Whilst we have just ‘popped’ into Spring, I can’t help feeling that the snowy landscapes we expected have been a disappointment. It has actually started to go warmer and although I managed a few decent snow days on the fells,  it hasn’t been what we wanted. I am not a photographer who snaps away merrily. If I don’t feel it has merit then I don’t ‘click’ the shutter. I went up onto Middle Fell, always a favourite of mine with David Powell-Thompson and when we reached the snow line, I managed a couple of very atmospheric photographs.


It was worthwhile! It was nevertheless freezing up there and I was certainly grateful of my Ilam 850 jacket. Lightweight but incredibly warm!


Image 3 A winter view from Middle Fell


I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the last of the white stuff just yet.


Recall the Easter two years ago when the drifts where enormous?


You have been warned ha ha!


So, the years shaping up nicely and I am now undertaking a mammoth ride in the LONDON 100 on behalf of Aspire the spinal injuries charity. You can see how I am progressing here www.justgiving.com/Mark-Gilligan1


Any donations will be gratefully received and remember we can walk freely and experience the fells and mountains as we want too. These people will never be able to do that in the way we do. I cannot begin to imagine what that would be like?


As a result of my involvement, OUTDOOR FITNESS magazine have commissioned my own story as I train and undertake the challenge. Wish me luck….!


The next few weeks will see the conclusion and delivery of several commissions and David and I are finally at draft stage on our book which will be out in early May. We have seen the cover now and it is an exciting time. Our next commissioned book is already underway and we hope to have that ready for next year.


I hope you enjoy whatever you do and let’s hope the spring is a good one!