Working With Artists

By |February 19th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Working With Artists © Vicky Prince I'm always very flattered when I'm approached by artists who would like to use my photographs as reference material for their artwork. Over the years I have seen all styles of paintings of my photographs, from cubist to impressionist, in every kind of media, and it's always wonderful to see how others interpret the scenes I have captured with my camera. I love it when amateur artists use my images to try new techniques and broaden their repertoire, but equally it's incredibly rewarding when internationally-renowned professional artists use them to create artwork that sells for thousands of pounds. I believe in artists of all kinds supporting one another. Amateur Artists If you're an amateur artist and you're painting purely for your own

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Aqueduct Cottage: An Extraordinary Rescue

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Aqueduct Cottage: An Extraordinary Rescue   This is a tale of an extraordinary rescue. It’s the story of how a pretty lock-keeper’s cottage on the Cromford Canal fell into ruin, how a group of villagers raised enough money to outbid the developers who wanted to buy it, and how a small team of volunteers turned out every week for more than 3 years, working in all weathers, to bring this historic building out of the woods and back into the sunshine where it belongs.   It’s also the story of how anyone can save something they value if they have the determination … and if they make a promise that they want to keep.   Out of the Dark Woods   The quiet towpath of the Cromford Canal is a peaceful

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The Millstones of the Peak District

By |July 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Resting on windswept moors and in shady woodlands throughout the Peak District are more than a thousand abandoned millstones, covered with lichen and moss, weather-worn and often hidden to all that pass by. These relics of a bygone age are reminders that this tranquil part of England was once filled with the sounds of quarrying rather than birdsong, when the steam and dust from hundreds of mills fumed into the now clean, clear air. These huge stone ‘wheels’ are so synonymous with the Peak District that ornamental versions grace every sign on key routes into the National Park, and the millstone features as the logo for the Peak District National Park Authority. You may have chanced upon a millstone during a walk in the Peak District and wondered

The Peak District and Why I Love It

By |November 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

What and where is the Peak District? The Peak District is the original (and of course the best) national park in the UK. It was the first such park ever created here, back in 1951, and is now one of fifteen spread across the country. The Peak District covers 555 square miles of England and its boundary extends into five counties, encompassing some of the most beautiful parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Part of its beauty comes from its accessibility; it's an area of peace and tranquility sandwiched between the cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Derby, and more than 20 million people live within an hour's journey of its wild landscapes. Back in post-war Britain, the Peak District was originally conceived to provide a protected place