FILM: Follow the sun

Enter the spectacular world of solargraphy – the art of capturing the sun’s journey across the sky – on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal



This year, we’re seeking out the diverse and often unexpected ways that people connect with their local stretch of river or canal. We’ve jogged beside Ruth, who runs alongside the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire  as a way of settling into her new neighbourhood. We’ve joined Tanya on her first fishing lesson, as members of her local fishing community share their skills beside the river.

For our new film, we travelled west – to the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal – where for the past few years, Wendy and Austin have been making solargraphs on their local waterway. Solargraphy – capturing the movement of the sun as it streaks across the sky, using exposures that range from one day to six months – is the ultimate in slow exposure photography, or ‘lazy photography’ as Wendy calls it. This is a hobby that rewards patience, celebrates unpredictability and gives you an excuse to sit peacefully for hours beside the water.

Our film also explores the wonderful Somerset Space Walk – a scale model of the solar system, starting with an enormous sun at Maunsel Lock and continuing with models of the planets that accompany your walk along the towpath. Pour a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy…

Plan your day out along the Bridgwater & Taunton, with its fascinating Somerset Space Walk, using our online guide.

Keep up to date with upcoming solargraphy workshops and exhibitions by following Knapp Ridge Films.