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Since our last issue of The Update, Henry Iddon’s Instanto Outdoors project - photographing contemporary Lake District climbing, landscapes and personalities with an antique camera - has moved on apace and the exhibition opens on 14th January.

The Underwood Instanto camera being used once belonged to George and Ashley Abraham, pioneers of rock climbing photography, whose business was based in the building now inhabited by us at George Fisher, we have a number of Abraham's images up around the store, and of course our Abraham's Cafe!

The camera, which is now over 100 years old and uses a lens from 1870, produces 10x12 inch negatives and certainly isn’t small or light in weight. Each shoot requires two people to carry all the equipment; the rucksack carrying the camera weighs in at nearly 45lbs, plus a 13lb tripod, and the pack containing the slides and film tips the scales at nearly 25lb.

The last few months have seen it criss-cross the fells and carried to some remote locations including Cam Crag above Wasdale, Raven Crag High Stile which looks down in to Ennerdale, as well as expeditions up Great End and Scafell.

Seventy five sheets of specially-made film have been exposed and hand processed, mobile darkrooms have been set up in Lakeland carparks, and frames have been made for the exhibition prints.

The subjects of the images include Jocky Sanderson, recognised the world over as a leading expert in paragliding; American Lisa Rands who is one of the foremost female climbers of the last 15 years; Neil Gresham, one of Britain’s top rock climbers; and Leah Crane, a member of the Great Britain World Cup bouldering team.

The exhibition is being shown at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, alongside a small selection of original Abraham’s images from the early 1900s, from January through to mid-May 2017.

Henry would like to thank Arts Council England, Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, George Fisher, True Mountain, and Famous Publicity for their support.

If you would like to find out more about Henry's shoots and locations, head over to his profile on our blog where he has shared some of his adventures with the camera. 

12 December 2016 by George Fisher

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