The Hand of Man

A photography project that aims to showcase the positive impact that man has had on the Lake District landscape.

Ullswater in the Lake District viewed from the road that passes the Duke of Portland Boathouse

The Hand of Man

At first glance the Lake District may appear to be a natural landscape but in reality it has very much been shaped by the hand of man.

In 2017 it was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO who noted that…

…the combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape…

My Hand of Man project aims to celebrate the impact that man has had on the Lake District landscape.

Shot List

Before starting any project I like to create a shot list featuring potential locations. This shot list is then sub-divided in to categories in order to group locations together.


…and other man made bodies of water.

  • Haweswater
  • Thirlmere
  • Kentmere
  • High Dam
  • Tarn Hows
  • The Duke of Portland Boathouse
  • Devoke Water
  • Rydal Water
Historical Sites
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Shap Abbey
  • Hard Knott Roman Fort
  • Lowther Castle
Passes (Mountain Roads)
  • Hard Knott Pass
  • Wrynose Pass
  • Kirkstone Pass
  • Honister Pass
Summit Cairns and Drystone Walls
  • Loughrigg Fell (overlooking Windermere)
  • Side Pike
  • Lingmoor Fell
  • Hallin Fell summit cairn
  • Dale Head summit cairn

Permission from the Land Owners

Here in the UK there are laws concerning commercial photography on privately owned land. I am currently in the process of contacting the land owners of the locations listed above in order to seek their permission to conduct photography on their properties.

These include:

Support the Project

I hope that the Hand of Man project will eventually provide all of the images for my first photography exhibition.

At the moment I am trying to raise enough funds to buy the frames need to present my work.

If you would like to support the project please consider making a donation via my ko-fi page.