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Artist: Dave Boardman

Howden Reservoir

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Title: Howden Reservoir

Howden Reservoir Derbyshire

Peak District National Park’s Upper Derwent Valley is known for its majestic reservoirs, spectacular scenery, peaceful forests and wild open spaces.The area is home to three large dams, known as the Derwent Dams, which offer some of the area’s most spectacular scenery. The dams are called Ladybower, Derwent and Howden.

In World War II, the topographical similarity between the Upper Derwent Valley and the Ruhr Valley of Germany led to the dams being used for practice runs for the Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron (the Dam Busters) before their attack on the Ruhr dams.

Howden Reservoir Dam in the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District of Derbyshire

Artist Bio:
Capturing Moments Across Six Decades

Born and raised in Lancashire and having spent some years living and working in London, I settled in the beautiful Belper area about 20 years ago, and enjoy exploring the huge variety of photographic opportunities presented by the Derwent Valley and the Peak District. 

I first picked up a camera as a toddler, due to my dad’s interest in photography, but my own passion really ignited in the mid-1970s, with a Rollei Flex Twin-Lens Reflex camera, and 120 film. 

From those early days I have moved through Pentax, and particularly Nikon cameras, and from film and slides into the digital era, to develop my skills and learn how best to present my personal perspective on the world.