The Clocktower, Low Wood, Cumbria

The Clocktower, Low Wood, Cumbria

Tim’s workshop and darkroom were briefly based at the site of the world’s Industrial Revolution where Wilkinson first smelted iron ore. The building, which can trace it’s history back to the 1790’s, was an exceptional frame for Tim’s library, analogue / digital darkroom and archives.

The Clocktower was designed to support large format analogue practice in black and white film, wet plate collodion and platinum printing, as well as provide a forum for discussion, discovery and exchange of ideas; a place to show and talk about photography.

Recording the first few months at The Clocktower, these images ( from a mobile phone camera ) capture the moments between taking the keys from the landlord to running the first wet plate collodion workshop at the new space.

The Clocktower boasted Britains finest roster of photographic tutors:

Professor John Blakemore
Professor Paul Hill MBE
Paul Gallagher, Epson Masterprinter
Kerik Kouklis, Alternative processes genius
Andrew Sanderson, llford Masterprinter
Timothy Soar, large format architecture specialist

Following a very successful and productive few years The Clocktower closed as a photographic unit to make way for new commercial tenants. Tim Soar continues to make work from his Norfolk home and Hackney Studio.

The Clocktower library is dedicated to the memory of Peter Soar.

Peter Soar: 1928 – 2011
photographer, carpenter, solicitor

Amor, ch’a nullo amato amar perdona,
mi prese del costui piacer sì forte,
che, come vedi, ancor non m’abbandona.

Love, which absolves no beloved one from loving,
seized me so strongly with his charm
that, as thou seest, it does not leave me yet.

Canto V, lines 103-105
Dante