SOMERSET LEVELS 240 – THE CHARACTER OF THE PLACE (MONO + COLOUR)
October 10, 2015 15 Comments
The area of the Somerset Levels that I mainly frequent is quite unexceptional but eminently real. It is simply rough, open, working farmland, mostly damp pasture, and there is quite a bit of agricultural rubbish lying around, including abandoned vehicles, deserted peat workings, disintegrating barns, and so on.
And I value this area for its complete lack of prettification and (horror of horrors!) gentrification. Warts and all, it is real. It not someone’s confected ideal of how countryside should look, it is simply how it does look, and that means a lot to me.
And maybe this hasty, makeshift repair of a field gate, held together by twine, sums up this place up. Long may it remain so.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.