Photographer to capture Crescent story

IN THE PICTURE: Photographer Rachel Baker is to capture the restoration of the Crescent. Photo contributed.
IN THE PICTURE: Photographer Rachel Baker is to capture the restoration of the Crescent. Photo contributed.

PHOTOGRAPHER Rachel Baker, from Buxton, has won a regional competition to capture the Crescent Hotel & Spa development.

A total of 33 entries were submitted for the competition from a mixture of amateur and professional photographers.

The competition was judged by Trevor Osborne (Chairman of the Trevor Osborne Property Group), Caitlin Bisknell (Leader of High Peak Borough Council) and Mary Jarvis (The Old Hall Hotel and Buxton Festival).

The role of official project photographer will be to record, each month, the transition from a derelict unused building into a luxury hotel and thermal spa with uniquely permitted access to the site through-out the restoration.

On completion of the restoration and the opening of the Thermal Spa Hotel, Buxton Crescent Hotel & Spa Company will fund the publication of a book incorporating a selection of the photographs that best visualise the story of the building and its renaissance.

The book will be launched at a preview of mounted exhibition of the photography which will remain on public display for a period afterwards.

Rachel said: “I’m very honoured to have this unique opportunity to photograph a building I hold in high esteem.

“It will be a privilege to capture the story of the Crescent being restored back to the splendour it so deserves.

“My vision for photographing the Crescent extends far beyond the grandness of the exterior.

“I will take great pleasure in capturing both the close-up splendour of the craftsmanship and the unique atmosphere and character as it comes back to life.”

Mr Osborne said: “The judge’s decision was a unanimous one. We look forward to working with Rachel and we are confident that she will produce an excellent record of the restoration.”

An exhibition of the project photography will be put on display for the public to view at a future date, and the resulting book will be available to purchase locally in Buxton, on the internet and through the hotel.