A new book featuring photographic portraits of people who live, work or visit the Ingleborough area has been published. A Portrait of Ingleborough has been produced by local photographer Hilary Fenten. Hilary met with and photographed local people involved in a variety of jobs, trades and events around Ingleborough, leading to a collection of portraits which depict the area’s diverse residents and their special place in the landscape throughout the seasons.
The book has been published as part of Stories in Stone, a scheme of community and conservation projects. Largely funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players, the scheme is managed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership and led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT).
Many of the portraits featured in an exhibition that toured around the area
Thanks to National Lottery players, a collection of collection of portraits will be on public display at The Folly in Settle.
This collection of portraits aims to represent using, working and living in the Ingleborough area today. The photographer has tried to capture a range of characters of the area and get a good representation of jobs, trades and events, including a good geographical spread throughout the seasons. This collection has been assembled to recognise and record the areas diverse residents and the photographs capture a snapshot in time of the landscape’s social history.
Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone Discover Ingleborough Officer, said ‘The exhibition will begin to build a picture of the area in relation to the Stories in Stone scheme, the images show how people connect to the Ingleborough landscape and communities around it, be they local residents or more transitional visitors.’
Also on display will be a series of comparable historical portraits and images. These images have been taken from Dales Community Archives, the result of another Stories in Stone Project Capturing the Past, and Back in Settle, a Facebook group for people who ‘enjoy a blast from the past’.
The feature photographs have been taken by local photographer Hilary Fenten. Hilary Fenten has been living for over 30 years in Selside, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and when not taking photographs, devotes much of her time working to help conserve and enhance our landscape. Hilary is not only interested in landscapes and believes ‘people, in their own environment, are fascinating. They deserve particular attention, rather than anonymity.’ Hilary has been a mother, wife, teacher, peace worker and a volunteer for environmental matters. With her camera as her constant companion she enjoys exploration through photography. Her photographs have been shown in Germany, Italy and various places in the UK.
The Stories in Stone team aim to end the exhibition with a commemorative book. This book will feature the exhibition photos by Hilary, as well as a large number of additional portraits Hilary has taken over the past two years. The team would like to invite others to participate in this final stage. If you have photographs which capture the Ingleborough area and its people, they would love to hear from you.
Debbie Boswell said ‘There are lots of local faces people will recognise and some lovely stories to go with the photos. It is particularly interesting to compare Hilary’s recent photographs with past images. We look forward to working with our local community to continue to capture this time in history in our very special part of the world’.