Joseph is pleased to announce his new exhibition…
An exhibition of photography, book launch and associated events set in the heart of the English Lake District
4th – 19th November 2017
Grizedale Forest Centre
In this series of photography Joseph features images created at a man-made Lakeland tarn set within a wildlife glade in the majestic Grizedale Forest. Part biographical in nature, Joseph takes inspiration for this series from the working life of the late John J. Cubby MBE, former Forestry Commission Chief Wildlife Ranger and family friend.
Over a number of years Joseph developed an intimate level of understanding of the tarn and surrounding woodland through the repeated visits and time he spent there. In this way he has been able to create a quiet expressive body of work that explores the genius loci ‘spirit of place’, and also shows us the regenerative effects of nature after forestry activity, and gives voice to those that manage our forests for future generations and their predecessors that passed before.
Joseph is also pleased to announce that he will launch his new book; Cubby’s Tarn, on the opening weekend of the exhibition. Further details of the publication, including online pre-ordering options will be detailed in due course.
Joseph will also be holding a number of book making and photography based workshops at Grizedale during the exhibition period. More details on these, including bookings, are available to be made here:
About John J. Cubby MBE (1938 – 2007)
After a short stint in agriculture John took up his dream job as a Wildlife Ranger for the Forestry Commission in 1968. A job that was to become his life career, lasting 35 years culminating in his retirement year, 2003, with an MBE Honours Award for his services to wildlife management. During his career for the Forestry Commission John developed not only world renowned recognition for his influences in deer management practices, but also as a highly skilled ‘countryman’. John inspired many people to form greater bonds with wildlife and the countryside in both their personal and professional lives. Such was his popularity and influence that the names John Cubby and Grizedale Forest became synonymous with each other.
The tarn, formerly named Low Fell Tarn and not marked on any maps, was known to be a favourite location in the forest for John to spend time at. It was only fitting that in 2008, a year after John died, that the tarn was renamed to Cubby’s Tarn in his memory. This exhibition coincides with the tenth year of John’s untimely passing.
(Note: Joseph is in the process of collecting biographical material about John; pictures, documentation, personal stories and anecdotes, etc, and he would be pleased to hear from anyone that would like to share any of this with him. He can be contacted through the Contact Form)
About Grizedale Forest
The forest, managed by the Forestry Commission is situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District. It is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest’s unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK. Over the last 30 years it has also been developed into an extensive activity centre, managed sympathetically inconjunction with the natural biodiversity of the area. For more details, see: Forestry Commission Grizedale and Grizedale Sculpture