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Kendal town meanderings

My name is Ian wood and I am a professional commercial photographer in Kendal.

I was born in Kendal but grew up on the outskirts, returning to live here in my late teens. Having lived and worked around the UK, there is no place I would rather call home.

When not out on assignments, which could be anywhere in the UK / worldwide, my job is largely office based, which affords me the luxury of being fairly mobile as I often just need a laptop to do my tasks. I am also an expert in procrastination, so tend to ‘meander’ rather than rush around!

I’m a creature of habit too – when I leave home in the north of the town, I go over Queens Road and down Fellside. I love the view and its real ‘Old Town’ feel, one of my favourite photographs was the view over the chimneys, early in the morning on the day my son was born. I took it for him and I hope that the picture will be in the family for generations.

Kendal rooftops

I always take a peep over the wall walking down Fellside. There’s loads of wildlife whizzing around over there, and also lots of Damson and old fruit trees.

Kendal squirrel

Kendal Fellside fruit trees

I drop down the cobbles to end up in Wainwrights Yard. A walk through Booths. It’s always great to see the guys at Armstrong Ward. I poke my head through the door at Maya Maya (they were topless last time I went!). I am partial to a nibble in Pomegranate and Sage and down through the yard to Stricklandgate, making sure to check out the window display in Lakeland Leather, as they are also one of my fashion clients.

Kendal maya maya

I think my favourite #secretkendal hangouts are: ‘About Time Espresso Bar’ for a Penningtons flat white, lunch in Pomegranate and Sage, Yard 46, Relish, Comida, Brew Brothers, or Café Olive… Kendal will definitely see you spoilt for choice when it’s time for a brew, a pint or a nibble!

My return journey is normally along the river to Dockray. My studio is on Dockray Hall and the calmness of the area under the railway bridge is magnificent, often nearly silent, with the odd flash of a Kingfisher – wonderful!

After some work in the studio, I meander back up the shallow Horncop Lane to the North of the town past Kendal Green, or back along the river for a pint in The Union – can’t beat it!

Quite simply, open your eyes, wander – Love Kendal!

Ian Wood is a commercial and fashion photographer with a large commercial photography studio in town. He has appeared as himself in BBC1’s recent drama Age Before Beauty alongside Robson Green and Kelly Harrison. Ian also founded and is one of the admins on the local Facebook page ‘Love Kendal’ promoting positivity in the town and sharing great events, mostly with a business edge.

Kendal photographer Ian Wood

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