Professional photographer Andy Latham takes a journey down the River Ribble with an exhibition at the Folly, Settle.

Andy’s photographs capture the beauty and variety of the river from the heights of the Yorkshire Dales, through the lush Ribble Valley and out to the sea at Lytham St Anne’s.

The exhibition follows the recent publication of his book, Landscapes of the Ribble.

“Several years ago I made a conscious decision to start exploring more of Lancashire,” said Andy. “I quickly recognised the merits of the Ribble Valley and so began a personal project to photograph its landscapes.

“I continued adding to my portfolio on and off for a few years but it wasn’t until I walked the Ribble Way that the thought occurred to me to develop the idea into covering the whole length of the river, from the wild beauty of the Three Peaks all the way to the sea at genteel Lytham St Annes. The concept appealed firstly, as it was a genuine journey exploring the changing landscape of a single valley and secondly, as it combined my favourite part of the Yorkshire Dales, Ribblesdale, with the county of my birth, Lancashire.

“People tend to compartmentalise the land into distinct regions, yet on the ground there is no sign of such change. It simply flows effortlessly, ignoring successive political boundaries.

“The images are not meant to be a documentary of the river valley but merely my interpretation of the landscape, taking the kind of photographs that I like to take.”

To complement Andy’s exhibition, which runs until October 31, the museum will be displaying material from Frederic Riley’s well-known book, The Ribble from Source to the Sea, and other early tourist guides. And it is also showing two other exhibitions on watery themes. Water in North Craven: Life, Work and Leisure explores the great influence of water on all aspects of life.

Exhibits include an 1831 map of Settle’s first piped water supply, material relating to the construction of the Upper Reservoir, old photographs from the Riley and Horner Collections depicting angling, skating, caving, swimming and rambling and a display devoted to washing and sanitation.

The third part of the show, Water Works, represents Settle Photographic Group’s special ‘take’ on the subject of water.

During the exhibition, the museum is organising a range of themed events, including an activity day on Tuesday August 24 when families will be challenged to make a frieze of water creatures.

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