footprints under water, reflections on the water, rocks, mud at the river leven

Retreat by the River 2020

This slow and careful process has enabled us to reflect on the themes we were exploring in Tilberthwaite Quarry – of extraction, the industrial past, tourism and the visceral experience of being in a dark cave in the quarry and walking into the light of the valley and overlooking fells. The journey of extraction from the quarry to the valley, down the river, to Lake Coniston, the river Crake, and out to sea, the movement of farming, slate and copper into the world beyond and the tourism, climbers, ramblers coming in.

These themes are evolving and changing, as we consider the river. As we, and our places appear to change.

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