Napes Needle is a challenge to any climber. In 1935, Bernard Taylor climbed Napes Needle under the guidance of George Basterfield, who was the Mayor of Barrow and the President of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club. Bernard was wearing his school uniform, his long short trousers that reached down to his knees, his long woollen socks pulled almost up to his knees, his white shirt and his school jacket. He was also wearing his school cap clamped firmly on his head throughout the climb. Bernard Taylor was nine years old.His father, John Park Taylor, a successful pharmacist in Barrow, positioned himself on “the opposite side of the ‘Dress Circle’” and took the photographs.One shows the mayor and the small boy sitting in the crook at the foot of the Needle as they attach their rope. Another shows George Basterfield sitting comfortably on the narrow top of the Needle looking at the camera. The rope trails casually round the rock below him.About ten feet below George’s boots is the head of the boy. Bernard’s feet are wedged into a horizontal crack in the rock, his arm reaches round the square of the rock and the fingers on his right hand are spread wide as he grips the rock. His body is pressed hard against the face of the rock.It is a remarkable photograph from a book of remarkable photographs. Despite his ill-health – he was unable to serve in the First World War – John Park Taylor was an enthusiast for the Lake District. He was a keen fisherman and one of the forty or so men who were regular rock climbers in the Lake District during the inter-war years. His photography won prizes throughout Britain and on the continent. The earliest mountain photography had been the work of men like the Abraham Brothers who carried heavy equipment and who needed to pose their photographs very carefully. A new generation of lighter-weight, more versatile cameras enables men like John Taylor to produce more vivid, spontaneous images.John Taylor captures George Basterfield as he scrutinizes the rock ahead as he climbs up Innominate Rack on the steep face of Kern Knotts on Great Gable.He catches the glistening ‘waisted clinkers’ on the soles of the hobnailed boots of a climber as he leans out precariously under a projecting rock.He fixes the precise moment as an unroped solo climber seems to be suspended in the air as he straddles across to the arrowhead on Arrowhead Ridge.And there’s a wonderful moment as the last of a group of three men smiles triumphantly as he joins his two mates on the pinnacle of Moses’s Finger.There’s also many superb photographs taken in less precarious locations. Two fishermen stand in the heavy rain holding a large fish suspended by its tail. One of them puffs away happily on his pipe. In Cartmel, an old man in his flat cap stoops down to paint the white lines on the road. A man with a shock of dark curly hair sits cross-legged as he skilfully weaves baskets. A sturdy roadsweeper steadily sweeps the dust from the road near Askham in Furness. And, in Barrow-in-Furness, two schoolboys watch as their two friends kneel on the ground competing at marbles.Shadows From The Heights is a fine collection of very evocative photographs.