Stuart is a co-director of fotoVUE. He was fortunate to be brought up around Keswick in the Lake District, an ideal playground for anyone who is into outdoor adventures. Having had various point and shoot cameras from the age of 11, the photography got a bit more serious on his first climbing trip to the Alps in 1986. Armed with an Olympus OM10 film SLR he made several ascents including a solo trip up Mount Blanc. Being able to record and relate some of the experience of being in a beautiful place on returning home was a revelation.
The Lake District is still Stuart’s home where commercial, landscape and outdoor action photography, as well as being a Director of fotoVUE are now his full time occupation. If conditions are good he is normally to be found chasing the light in the hills with his camera. Stuart works as a photography guide and instructor for Wild Photography Holidays.
Around the winter solstice the sun sets in the south west. With Wasdale valley orientated SW/NE, fotoVUE director Stuart Holmes has a late hike up Great Gable to catch the sunset down the valley of Wasdale.
The five mile path around Buttermere lakeshore has been a classic since Victorian times and must rank as one of the most beautiful walks anywhere. The Fish Inn was the home of Mary Robinson, a local girl who unwittingly became a tourist attraction due to the mention of her beauty in one of the first Lake District tourist guides at the turn of the 19th century. Her story has most recently been re-told by Lord Melvyn Bragg in his book ‘The Maid of Buttermere’.
For Lake District photographers, both Keswick boat landings and Friars Crag are two of those iconic must visit places. John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic, social thinker and philanthropist described the view from Friars Crag as one of the 3 most beautiful in Europe. With easy access from the town, it’s an ideal place to visit and re-visit to capture those fleeting moments when the light turns a beautiful scene into an extraordinary one.
Blea Tarn nestles in a hanging valley between Great and Little Langdale. It provides a classic viewpoint, dramatically beautiful, where everything comes together. Across the tarn the Langdale Pikes are perfectly framed by the slopes of Pike of Blisco and Side Pike, with beautifully shaped pine trees on the western shore. In the spring the meadows by the lake are rich in colourful flowers, in the autumn the area is ablaze with gold, reds and browns.