Paul Berriff’s Rock Legends Continues …

During the Rock Legends exhibition we had many wonderful conversions with people reminiscing about the heady days of the 60’s musical revolution, and we’re pleased to say that those conversations will continue as the collection will remain at the Old School over the course of the year, with 3-4 images on permanent display and the others available on request. Taken when the bands and artists toured Yorkshire in the early 1960’s Paul’s photographs are rare collectables, with on

50 Years Behind the Lens, presented by Paul Berriff

Saturday 9th  June, 2pm to 5pm, Muker Village Hall With a pre-talk reception at the Old School Muker from 1pm Tickets £10 including refreshments To reserve your place please email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or telephone us on 01748 886615. On Saturday 9th June, as part of the Rock Legends exhibition, BAFTA award winner Paul Berriff will be coming to Muker to talk about his life and career as a photographer and filmmaker, a career spanning 50 years from the 1960s to the prese

Richard & Cherry Kearton, Wildlife Photography Pioneers.

On the outside wall of the Old School Muker are two plaques commemorating school alumni, Richard and Cherry Kearton. Born in Thwaite, one mile up the Dale, the two brothers attended the school in the late 19th Century before going on to pioneer wildlife photography and cinematography, influencing amongst others Sir David Attenborough. Given the stunning wildlife photography and film making we enjoy today;  impossible without modern, hi-tech equipment, it’s worth reflecting on

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea, Richard Walls

For the Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea exhibition I’ve had three of my favourite Yorkshire Coast photographs printed on HD aluminium and framed: Saltwick Bay, Saltburn Pier and Broken Ladder, Spurn Point, each in a limited edition series of 20. Saltwick Bay (featured image above) was taken ten minutes after a mini cliff collapse from which we narrowly escaped (with a mild pebble-dashing) after misjudging the tide. A couple watching from further up the beach told us they’d thought we

Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Paul Berriff

Paul Berriff’s photographs of the Yorkshire Coast (featured image above Force 10) remind us of the power and unforgiving, biting, nature of the North Sea when its mood take a turn for the worse, and of the courage of those who choose to make their living from it. Shot on film, in black & white, the natural grain adds to the atmosphere and drama of the images, capturing the scene in a way only film can, and though most photographers have long since switched to the convenience

10 Winter Cow’uses, Upper Swaledale

According to the National Park figures there are 1044 field barns, locally called Cow’uses, in Swaledale alone and over 6000 in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, most built between 1750 and the end of the 19th century. The 10 below (shots taken over the last few weeks and days) are situated around Muker, Thwaite and Keld, in upper Swaledale and most are common sights as we drive up and down the Dale we call home. It will take a good few years and a few inches of boot leather

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea – Richard & Janet Burdon

Richard & Janet Burdon are already well known to customers of the Old School for their monochrome images of the iconic Swaledale tups and ewes found on the fells surrounding our gallery, often caught in the midst of a snowstorm. What our visitors don’t know is that they’re equally at home discovering and capturing, serene, minimalist, compositions of Yorkshire’s coastline, not far from their home in Pickering, such as The Promenade (featured image). Whitby Harbour | RJB Photo

Yorkshire’s Coast & Sea

From Saturday 31st March to Sunday 13th May, the Old School Muker brings Yorkshire’s stunning East Coast to landlocked Upper Swaledale, featuring a wonderful array of Yorkshire artists and photographers. The exhibition will be the first to be held in our new Hartlake Gallery and to celebrate its opening, our first exhibition, and our newly landscaped walled garden, there will be an open evening on Saturday 7th April from 5:30pm – 8pm, with wine, music and a chance to meet som

Winter in Swaledale 2 – Muker Minimalism

Yesterday’s wintery conditions in Muker provided an ideal opportunity to take a couple of hours out from the renovation of the Old School and shoot some minimal monochrome images, before using these as a basis to create something a little dreamier using movement blur in Analog  Efex Pro.  It might not be everyone’s taste but it was a joy to be a little more creative. #LandscapePhotography #Photography #Yorkshire #Art #AnalogEfexPro

New life, New Site

My photoblog will soon transition into the website for the Old School Muker – some of you might already spotted it’s recently become a test bed. All the old blog posts will remain for while. And I’ll continue to blog about cameras and photographs, as well as the comings and goings at the Old School, but the focus will become the Old School Gallery & Craftshop. Thanks for visiting the site over the past few years, and I hope you’ll continue to do so. All the best Richard. #Pho

Sigma SD Quatto H – First Shots

I’ve only had literally 20 minutes shooting with the Sigma SD Quattro H (paired with a Sigma 18-35mm DC) but couldn’t resist pushing out these shots. I was blown away when I first processed images from a Sigma Merrill … and I pretty much have the same feeling processing these. Can’t wait to get out and really put the camera through its paces. Occupation Lane, Muker | Sigma SD Quattro H Purple | Sigma SD Quattro H Slate Roof | Sigma SD Quattro H Post- processed using SPP and L

Discovering Muker, 1950 Restored

A recently re-discovered print of Muker, measuring 6 feet by 3 feet, found in Reeth Memorial Hall, and dating to circa 1950, one year before electricity came to the village and four years before the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Considering its age it’s in remarkable condition. Who took remains a mystery but whoever it was, had a fine eye, a fine camera and a fine set of muscles to carry it! Muker, Swaledale, circa 1950 Original And hopefully the restored ver

Conversations at the Old School – Sigma Foveon Cameras

A wonderful thing about working in the Old School Gallery is the many conversations we have with the folks who visit; whether it’s the American lady who suddenly recited three Robert Frost poems, or the ex RAF Nimrod pilot who told me tales of flying over the North Atlantic, or the Chinese film maker recently returned from Tibet. We learn so much in these conversations and hopefully give a little back on the subject of art, crafts and photography. Ivelet Bridge, Swaledale | S

Making Tracks in the Dales

So many tracks, which to follow? Above Askrigg, Wensleydale | Sony RX1rII Above Askrigg, Wensleydale | Sony RX1rII Pennine Way, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII Occupation Lane, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII Occupation Lane, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII Occupation Lane, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII Track to Muker, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII #LandscapePhotography #Photography #Yorkshire #SonyRX1rMarkii #YorkshireDales #Travel

Discovering History At Muker – Wain Wath Force

My short journey to reach the Cart Ford above the Foss, where you cross the Rushing River, began by The Small Cultivated Field. I passed through The Clearing, then on up the Dale, gaining height as I climbed through Grazing Land. If I’d been visiting my friend Waendel at his Woodland Clearing I’d have taken the pass before The Clearing, careful not to stumble and fall into the potholes full of cooling butter, and down past Sigemund’s Rock, or perhaps climbed up the hill to se

The High Seas of Muker, with the Sigma DP0 Quattro

Landlocked though we are, when the wind blows, the wild flower meadows become our sea. Muker Meadows, Swaledale | Sigma DP0 Quattro Muker Meadows, Swaledale | Sigma DP0 Quattro Muker Meadows, Swaledale | Sigma DP0 Quattro Muker Meadows, Swaledale | Sigma DP0 Quattro Muker Meadows, Swaledale | Sigma DP0 Quattro #LandscapePhotography #SigmaDPQuattro #meadows #Photography #Flowers #Yorkshire #Swaledale

Discovering Muker – Wild Flower Meadows

The Muker wild flower meadows are beginning to come into their own in early June, which for me means a desperate search for interesting angles and compositions.  The image below is my favourite hand held “sketch” so far and I’ll head out early tomorrow with a tripod and (hopefully) interesting light. The meadows are an inspiration for artists and photographers alike, with the vibrant colours of Buttercups, Clover and Crane’s-bill, scattered all around, broken by the staight l

Discovering Muker – Conversations, Connections & Understanding

A couple of weeks or so ago, in our Old School cafe, I was having a discussion with a man about the Peter Brook paintings that adorn the cafe walls; the importance of the title; the understated, dry, Northern humour; the feel of place and time. He brought up the title of one particular painting that he’d purchased some years back. The title was The Woods are Lovely, Dark & Deep, and he told me that the line was used as a trigger phrase in an espionage movie, Telefon. The Wood

Discovering Muker – Composition

Yesterday’s beautiful day in Swaledale held the promise of a great evening’s photography, but as it approached closing time, and my chance to get out, the sky became overcast and the light flat. Nevertheless there was still chance to explore the countryside and search for interesting compositions so I pulled my boots on and headed out. Muker Meadows | Sony RX1rII From Crackpot Hall to Keld | Sony RX1rII stiched Grass & Barn near Thwaite | Sony RX1rII And then, after a quick p