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Joseph Wright - Cubby's Tarn Exhibition

 

Cubby’s Tarn An exhibition of photography by Joseph Wright, with an accompanying photography book launch and associated events. This work features a series of images created at a Lakeland tarn set within a wildlife glade in the majestic Grizedale Forest, at the heart of the English Lake District. Part biographical in nature, Joseph takes inspiration for this series from the working life of the late John Cubby MBE, former Forestry Commission Chief Wildlife Ranger and family friend.

This man-made tarn was known to be a favourite location in the forest for John to spend time at. It was later renamed Cubby’s Tarn in dedication of his memory and recognises the significant influences John had on advancing wildlife management techniques worldwide over his 35-year tenure with the Forestry Commission at Grizedale.

Over a number of years Joseph developed an intimate level of understanding of the tarn and surrounding woodland through the repeated visits and time he spent there. In this way he has been able to create a quiet expressive body of work that explores the ‘spirit of place’, and also shows us the regenerative effects of nature after forestry activity, and gives voice to those that manage our forests for future generations and their predecessors that passed before.

'The first time I saw Cubby’s Tarn nestled within the forest wildlife glade I sensed there was a story to be told here. I set out to understand whether it was the influence of my memories as a youth from our family visits to John Cubby in Grizedale Forest, or perhaps something more atmospheric, the wildlife glade’s genius loci (spirit of place) speaking to me. What better way to explore this then by the many pleasurable days over several years visiting the area, often just sitting, observing and listening, developing an intimate understanding of the environment. On each occasion though, I allowed my photography to be shaped by an instinctive response to the place to create a series of work driven by expression that speaks of what I sensed on that first sighting.'

Last updated: 20th October 2017

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