The Yorkshire Dales


Mary celebrates the opening of her Yorkshire Dales exhibition

Mary Woolf celebrates the opening of her Yorkshire Dales exhibition

6 July – 6 September 2019

To celebrate Gallery on the Green’s 10th anniversary, artist Mary Woolf  created new works based on her experience of the colours and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. These were displayed on the outside of the box alongside works from her original series, also titled The Yorkshire Dales, utilising the uniqueness of a telephone box as a gallery space.

Mary  is a 24 year old photographic artist currently living and working in Settle. Her work explores ideas surrounding perception and experience, in addition to the ontology of photography. Her aim is to inspire people to look a little bit more closely at their surroundings and to take a little bit more notice of the experience of being in a place. At the time of the exhibition she was also working on a commission for artwork for new boundary signage into Craven District.

Mary achieved a first class honours degree in photographic arts from the University of Westminster in 2016, and subsequently moved to Horton-in-Ribblesdale to continue working on her award winning final major project entitled ‘The Yorkshire Dales’, as well as other work centred around this landscape. She says of her series The Yorkshire Dales:

“My experience of the Yorkshire Dales landscape is these amazing colours. But a photograph of this landscape shares too much information. I do not want to share all this detail. I do not care about the minutia, I only want to share the colours I notice, the colours that I experience this landscape through.

Light is colour and colour is light, they are one and the same. A photograph, by definition, is light captured by a photo-sensitive (light-sensitive) surface. Societally we have come to know photographs as being such highly detailed and accurate depictions of the world, that we no longer notice the photographs themselves.

Through my frustration with photographs giving away too much information, I isolated my chosen colours captured by my photo-sensitive surface – the sensor in my digital camera – and worked with just these colours to build up images representing how I experience the Dales; and by the aforementioned definition, these images are photographs, just not as we expect them to look.”


Mary Woolf

Mary Woolf

The original Yorkshire Dales series

The original Yorkshire Dales series