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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711230870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230873
  • Product Dimensions: 33.4 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographs that you could spend a weekend lingering over… Lake District: Mountain Landscape was more than five years in the making and it's clear that it was a labour of love. (TGO: The Great Outdoors)

Alastair captures the otherworldliness and majesty of the English 'Alps' in all seasons and conditions. (Grange Now!)

This beautiful 'coffee-table' collection of photographs is probably the most stunning I have ever received for review. Few photographers have produced such evocative pictures.For young rock climbers the startling and dangerous climbs in the chapter Mountain Craft are inspirational...This superb book is one which Alastair Lee should be very proud to have put into the literary/ photographic market place. This stunnning volume is a gift to be treasured and enjoyed for years. I will certainly treasure mine. (Keswick Reminder)

Lovers of the lake District will be delighted. (Newcastle Journal)

Jaw-droppingly stunning views of Lake District fell tops feature in this quite breathtaking book from award-winning photographer Alastair Lee. No-one leafing through this collection of inspirational images can fail to be impressed by the mood and majesty of the mountains that Lee has managed to capture through his lens. A gem of a publication that will shine like a beacon from the shelves of any bookshop that stocks it. (Westmorland Gazette)

Alastair Lee's camera paints the landscape. Before his lens the solid mountains that are so familiar become strange and different, the landscape of another place, another world. This is ultimate photography. Aliatair Lee's vision of the Lakeland Fells is one thatstands alongside the finest artisticinterpretations of our landscape. Lake District Mountain Landscape is an exceptionally beautiful book. (Cumberland News)

Alastair Lee's vision of the Lakeland Fells is one that stands alongside the finest artistic interpretations of our landscape… An exceptionally beautiful book. (Workington Times & Star)

Alastair Lee's vision of the Lakeland Fells is one that stands alongside the finest artistic interpretations of our landscape… An exceptionally beautiful book. (Whitehaven News)

5 Stars: Lee has taken an oversaturated subject and shown it to us anew with complete originality and extraordinary vision. You will be surprised that this sort of landscape exists in England and that no-one has shown it to us in this way before. (Amateur Photographer)

Excellent collection of photography that offers new perspectives on the familiar landscapes of the Lake District. A fine addition to Frances Lincoln's catalogue. (Geographical)

Probably one of the best books on the Lake District of recent years and will be an inspiration to both photographers and walkers who might be encouraged to climb to the higher levels toget a peek at the peaks Lee has captured, and captured so well. (Longridge News)

A remarkable collection vividly capturing the magic of this stunning landscape; it seduces the eye over virtually every page. (Cumbria)

Capturing the majesty of the mountains of the Lake District in all their glory. (Outdoor Photography)

Sublime panoramas of peaks and valleys. (Time Out)

A work of extraordinary commitment and originality. (Lake District Herald)

About the Author

Alastair Lee has been taking photographs since he first went travelling at the age of twenty. The main focus in front of the camera has always been his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering. The author of two travel guides to Australia and New Zealand, Alastair's first full colour photography book was Eyes Up (2003), a selection of images from his worldwide travels. This was followed by Forgotten Landscape (2004), and his acclaimed Pendle (2009), a collection of photographs of his beloved Pendle Hill in Lancashire. Then in 2009, more than five years in the making, Lake District Mountain Landscape, which was shortlisted for best mountain image award at the Banff Festival. Over the past seven years Alastair has also developed his filmmaking skills: his films on rock climbing and mountaineering are popular with climbers and critics alike and he has won over fifty awards for his work at mountain film festivals worldwide. Alastair lives in Pendle, Lancashire with his partner and son. Visit his website
www.alastairleephotography.co.uk


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By westmer on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Yet another book of Lakeland photos? Yes but this one's special. Its photographic quality is second to none and it has an unusual aesthetic, in that it sees the Lake District from the viewpoint of the mountain walker - that's to say 2,000 feet up, not from the handy layby.

It's still a coffee table book - but one that most Lakeland afficionados will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By makka on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is different... the photos show a different view of the lakes. it seems a bit more raw and real, more like the lakes i now. The photos are the best about but i like he feel and emotions the book generates. a great book!!
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By D. Parry on 30 Mar. 2015
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Al Lee's Lakes book is a superb body of work, in either its original first edition form or the newly released second edition. The main meat of the book is the outstanding 6x17 panoramic shots, augmented with details, climbing shots, with a sprinkling of humour, and titbits of information for the photographers out there. It seems these days there's been a glut of self-published photographers' vanity project books and lacklustre portfolios of panoramic shots, so its a joy to find a book like Al's that stands aloft, clearly a cut above many offerings from his contemporaries; knockout photography, with a greater depth of content, and of course the reproduction quality is up there with the best.

As a fellow climber and photographer I find Al's slightly idiosyncratic approach to the layout and content to be pretty refreshing. Deviating from the bog standard template of a photo book, it feels like a very honest reflection of his love of not only the physical landscape but of the human-mountain interaction. There's enough technical content to keep photographers happy without alienating joe public, and the same goes for the climbing content - it serves to add depth and fully explore the relationship that a climbing photographer has with the mountain environment.

Most of the landscape shots are shot in 6x17 format - Al's 6x17 work is fantastic, and he's really successfully communicated his vision of the Lake District mountain environment in an authentic manner, technically superb, but also with character and honesty. It should probably be pointed out here the sheer effort and bloody mindedness required to pursue this line of photography, shooting heavy slow cameras from high mountain locations in all seasons, when it seems everyone else is shooting digital from roadside laybys.
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