By Christopher P. Nicholson, Roger A. Redfern
Roger Redfern used to be a commute author for over 50 years, so much significantly as a customary contributor to The Guardian newspaper’s nation Diary function. This publication unearths the unknown aspect of Redfern, his images, in lovely type focusing upon his photos of Britain’s nation-state from his wanderings among the hills, valleys and villages of rural England, Wales and Scotland.
Many of his early photographs represent precious records of social history—each one is meticulously captioned and dated to offer a correct checklist of its content material and captures the altering nature of the geographical region over the many years. Many could qualify as 'art' pictures as a result cautious stability of color, composition and surroundings in those lovely color photographs.
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It crosses the River Till, the only English tributary of the Scottish Tweed. In the distance are the Cheviot Hills. Those who regularly walk the Yorkshire Dales will recognise this view of the fine stone hamlet of Halton Gill nestling below the slopes of Horse Head Moor at the top of Littondale. It’s a tiny isolated community sheltering amongst a collection of mature trees. In 1969 Roger wrote, I first saw this place as a young boy as we drove up from Wharfedale in the Lanchester 10, and I thought it the loneliest place on earth.
He took this shot on the Edge with a digital camera in October 2011, one of the last images he ever captured, but he’s clearly lost none of his ability to compose an eye-catching scene. These woodlands did not exist before the late 18th century, so now we have the bonus of delightful woods hanging on the steep north-eastern flanks and right along the top – woods that also contain Spanish chestnut that now adds autumn gold to complement the last yellow leaves of silver birch. 55 56 Because his walks were so often off the well-trodden paths taken by the throngs of visitors, chance encounters with beasts in their fields were common, so he has quite a collection of evocative ‘animals looking over walls’ photographs.
It shows a recognisable and appealing profile from certain angles, resulting in its alternative description of ‘the Matterhorn of Cheshire’, although its 1,660ft summit is a mere 13,030ft short of the Alpine original. Roger explains that it has a classic conical hill shape, but with the added touch of individuality of a sharp ‘crook’ or tilt of rocks near the summit on the eastern side. From every point of the compass this is a graceful thing, conical and tapering to the sky in such a way that it seems to be very, very high.