Rock Star


A cloud of chalk forms as Al claps and rubs his hands and fingers in preparation for the climb. Weatherbeaten skin, big arms and steely eyed determination is what you expect, and what you get when Alan Wilson arrives at the Bowderstone in the English Lake District. His fingers search out holes in the rock-face as he plots a route to the top. Reach. Grip. Pull.

Al is a Rockstar. His body is his instrument, the rock his stage and you are his audience.

Thanks to Fujifilm UK and Millican for setting up this shoot. Special thank to Alan Wilson for being a real (rock) star.

Derek Clark

Documentary photographer based in Scotland, UK. Winner of UK professional Photographer of the Year 2012 in the News category and member of The Kage Collective.