SOMERSET LEVELS 215 – HOUSE TO THE NORTH OF THE ROAD (MONO)

 

 

House to the north of the road
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House north of Ashmoor Drove, Ash Moor, northwest of Polsham; 2 Apr 2015.

Driving west across Ash Moor, early on in the day, when this pale house peeped out coyly from amongst distant trees.  Instantly, there was a lot to see.

The dark field in the foreground was lit up by blazing lines – tracers! – of stubble left from last year’s harvesting of sweet corn (maize).  And left of these blazing lines a hedge had been so precisely manicured by a tractor’s cutters that it resembled a wall.  Directly below the house, a pile of rotund silage bales gleamed darkly in their black plastic wrappers.  And to the right of these bales a large tree obscured most of the house’s frontage.

Looking at this scene through the viewfinder (yes, I still use a viewfinder …), I found that the hedge and the lines of stubble took my eyes up into the picture from lower left, drawing my attention to the bales and thence onwards to the tree, which in turn curved up across the face of the house – bringing my gaze across onto the picture’s pale raison d’etre

And carrying on this curving visual odyssey up over towards top left, there were darker, older buildings, previously unseen and possibly the remains of a farm that had been partly demolished to make way for this far more modern house – in which might live the farmer or, with the M5 not far off, some commuter bound regularly for Taunton, Bristol or further afield.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Neutral preset.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

13 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 215 – HOUSE TO THE NORTH OF THE ROAD (MONO)

  1. I agree. Mysterious. Looks like something out of a Frankenstein movie. Love it.

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  2. Meanderer says:

    I love the glimpse of brightness of the house. Makes me want to know more about it.

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  3. krikitarts says:

    How very noir and sinister; nice emphasis on perspective, too!

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  4. paula graham says:

    Beautifully processed, making us focus on the essentials.

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  5. Dina says:

    Great mystery tour and lovely photowork, Adrian.
    Happy Easter!
    All the best
    from the Four of us,
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma

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  6. This is wonderful…dark and mysterious

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