Kerry & Richards couples portrait session yesterday at Hodge Close Quarry was amazing! Full of fun, adventure, and excitement. As you drive down the small road towards the car park you honestly wonder if you’re heading to the right place or if you’re just going to end up at a random farmers house. However, if you keep going past your initial worries and keep going a little bit more you end up at this stunningly eerie place. We could have honestly stayed all day seeking new areas to explore.
With it being cold and it actually started sleeting and snowing, we kept the session to Just under two hours. Kerry and Richard were great and up for pretty much anything. They were more than happy for me to try new experimental techniques using prisms, gelled flash guns and even using sparklers in front of my camera. That said, it was my darling wife who finally got it lit after 5 minutes hard work shielding it from the wind.
We may have had a few weird looks from some hikers but the love these guys show just lights up the room, or quarry, Its awesome to see a couple so comfortable around and with each other. We started by learning some basic poses and how to work with them and after that 2-minute tutorial, we ventured down the rocky slopes into two huge chambers. Have a look at the photos and see for yourself what we got up to!
Hodge Close Quarry is just one of many slate workings in the Tilberthwaite Valley, between Langdale and Coniston. It was worked on a large scale from the 19th century to small scale in the early 1960s. Hodge Close Quarry is a massive excavation of light green coloured slate, sheer-sided and unfenced, with an original worked depth from ground level of about 100m (300 feet). The 150 feet deep face is a favourite with abseilers, while the 150 feet deep flooded workings which extend below the surface are popular with divers.
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