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7 troduction BY PHIL RIGBY The combination of fascinating people and an extraordinary landscape helps to make Cumbria a special place in which to live and work. We aim to reflect that with the photographs I take for Cumbria Life. Over the past nine years at the magazine, I’ve climbed fells, waded in rivers and lakes, negotiated mountain arêtes and crossed the sands of Morecambe Bay in pursuit of the right shot. Sometimes I have to ask people to do unusual things, such as play a saxophone on a beach, clamber up on a high windowsill, or strike a ballet pose on the edge of a lake. I’ve found that if you put people at their ease by explaining what Cumbria Life Picture Editor you’re trying to achieve, then they’re happy to go along with the plan. Sometimes I need to ask a writer colleague or the person I’m photographing to carry a light stand or a portable battery up a fellside and then the resulting pictures become a genuinely collaborative effort. My job brings me a lot of joy and when someone gets in touch to say they like the pictures in the magazine then it’s the icing on the cake. We’ve tried to show what our county has to offer in this selection of pictures from Cumbria Life. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. Portrait of Cu m bria


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