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Love Landscape 2017 - Photography Exhibition
23rd October 2017 - 0 comments
Free Landscape Photography Exhibition, Askham Village Hall, CA10 2PF. Less than 10 mins drive from Ullswater in the Lake District. Open Saturday 28th to Sun 29th October, 10.30-5pm.

Yes, it's that time of year again when I dust of the old RAW files and see what the past 12 months of photography has thrown up!

I've pulled out a selection of my personal favourites which means there's an eclectic mix of everything from grand landscape vista's with snow capped peaks, long exposure seascapes and to close up 'landscape within' images.

The exhibition is free to enter and I welcome you all to have a pop in and have a good old natter about photography, places you've visited and life in general (just go light on the last bit!)

There's Coffee & Cake available (as well as tea for Northerners such as myself) as well as a selection of greetings cards, prints and framed images. Any of the prints on display can be ordered on the day for delivery within the next three weeks.

It'll be great to see you

all the best, Rod

Photography beyond the Lake District - A Snowdonian odessy!
21st March 2017 - 0 comments
Taking a quick break from Photography workshops and tours in the Lake District is always a double edged sword. I get nervous once outside the boundaries of Cumbria into the big unknown! This trip to Snowdonia was a little different though as I'd spent four years there during my early twenties when I went to University in Bangor.

A rude introduction to mountains came when a friend led me on a walk up Tryfan - the first mountain I'd ever walked up, and what a mountain! Reflecting back, that was a pivotal day in my life and influenced many decisions I've since made, ultimately leading to me living where I live and doing what I do to this day.

The weather for the week was mixed and I had a few locations I wanted to explore again, but I was keen to go back to the quarries and industrial landscapes I'd paid scant attention to all those years ago. Now, with my photographers observational awareness heightened, going back with a camera and the sole purpose of taking photos would be an interesting exploration.

As always, I feel like I barely had chance to scratch the surface of the location I visited - so many subjects to indulge in, so little time. However, I've already edited a number of my favourite shots from the trip and have made a commitment to memory to return quickly - another trip in autumn might be on the cards!

Anyway, here's a few edits from the trip - I hope you find them interesting . Do let me know what you think!

cheers, Rod

Cumbria / Lake District Floods - Auction for appeal
07th December 2015 - 0 comments
You'll all have seen the terrible impact of storm desmond on Cumbria. People will beed help long after the cleanup is over and the TV crews have gone. I'm supporting the Cumbria community Foundations #‎CumbriaFloods‬ appeal.




Auction of two 30x20 inch prints, Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, two terribly affected locations. Every last penny will be donated to the Cumbria community Foundation ‪These two prints were displayed as part of my recent exhibition and are some of my favourite places in the Lakes. The shot of the lake is titled 'serenity' and shows the nature of the place we love. The other is titled 'ray of light' - pretty apt. I'm gutted at what's happened so let's help.

I will keep the auction bids updated on my twitter feed. Please submit your bids through twitter, facebook or by using the contact page on this website.

Many thanks, Rod
"Love Landscape" - Photography Exhibition
08th October 2015 - 0 comments
Hi all,

it's October again and time to hold my regular local exhibition.
This time, I've decided to produce a collection of landscape images captured over the last year, selected as my personal favourites.

The famous guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, described Askham as “Westmorland’s prettiest village” and I believe the village and surrounding areas provide a diversity and richness that presents infinite opportunities for landscape lovers and photographers.

I want to exhibit a collection of images representative of the love and affection I have for the landscape around me and hope to communicate this with those seeing my work".

There is free entry to the exhibition to be held at Askham Village Hall, Askham, CA10 2PF on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2015, open 10.30am to 5.00pm each day.
Donations and profits from refreshments will go to the village hall.

If you're around, it'd be great to see you there!

All the best, Rod

Lowther Castle - Free Photography Drop-in Sessions!
12th August 2014 - 0 comments
To accompany the Rod Ireland Photography 'popup shop' running this week at Lowther Castle in the Lake Disitrct, we're offering free sessions for you to come along and get some free advice & tips.



So, whether it's improving your landscape shots or just working out how to use that 'thingy me bob' on your camera, just pop along to our stall and we'll help you out.

Just pop in on Sat 16th Aug or Sun 17th August, between 10.00-11.30am & 2.00-3.30pm

We've also got everything from handcrafted photo greetings cards to limited edition framed prints for sale, so if you're around, pop in for a peek.

Also, if you haven't been to visit the Castle Gardens yet there's a wealth of photographic opportnuites to keep you busy for the day!

See you there, Rod
Photography exhibition - Askham, People & Place
26th October 2013 - 0 comments
Photography Exhibition - “Askham – People and Place”

A unique collection of photographs, portraying the lives of those who work, live and play in this charming village as well as capturing the beautiful landscapes around the area.



The famous guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, described Askham as “Westmorland’s prettiest village” and Rod says, “the village and surrounding areas provide a diversity and richness that presents infinite opportunities for landscape lovers and photographers”.

There are two distinct sets of images on display. Firstly, the ‘People’ images are taken in a social documentary style which provides a candid glimpse into the lives of the people of Askham. “Doing this wouldn’t have been possible without the goodwill and help of those who kindly agreed to be photographed as part of the project, so a big thank you to them” said Rod. The second set of images are landscapes, ranging from shots of the village itself, through to the fells rising above it.

All the exhibition images have been taken in the past couple of years but Rod sees this as just the start of a longer project; “by holding up a mirror, I want to help us reflect and consider what makes Askham a special place; at the same time I want to produce an on-going social record of the locality that can be looked back upon in the years to come”.

Free entry to the exhibition to be held at Askham Village Hall, Askham, CA10 2PF on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2013, open 11.00am to 5.00pm each day. Refreshments available and Landscape images can be purchased at the event.
Gallery Launch Party Success!
03rd December 2012 - 0 comments
Gallery Launch Party Success!

We had a great launch party at the Stuart Broadhurst gallery on Saturday night despite the cold weather and the ice!


We had over 60 people through the door on the night and short work was made of the 10 litres of mulled wine and around 70 minced pies (we think the -5c outside temperature may have made people thirsty and hungry for winter treats!).







A very big thanks to everyone who supported us and it was great to see lots of new people as well as old friends. Happy Christmas and have a great New Year.

Rod