PEOPLE 237 – EARLY IN THE DAY, TADHAM MOOR (MONO)
December 3, 2016 8 Comments
I recently posted an image (here) in which an agricultural tractor and its uplifted front loader became a dinosaur, a Tyrannosaur. This picture was taken in the moments before the taller of these two men got into the tractor and raised that front loader. There are various things to see here.
The two men have driven up in the little van, which is pulled off the road. No vehicle can park on these little back roads because they are so narrow, everyone has to get their vehicle off to the side somehow – which is hazardous because these roads are bordered by muddy grass verges that abruptly descend into deep, water-filled ditches. The shorter man is either the local farmer or someone in the business of hiring out agricultural machinery – he is telling the other man, the tractor driver, what to do.
Parts of the tractor can be seen silhouetted on the right of the frame – and the strange objects sticking up around it like Xmas baubles are teasels, a common plant here.
The pale and ghostly spheres down towards lower right are out of focus muck on my car’s windscreen, lit up by the low, early morning sun. It was a morning of bad weather and this is a very muddy place: there is no chance of keeping any vehicle clean here. If I thought of these pale spheres as visual imperfections it would certainly be possible to darken them, to make them blend in with the dark foreground – but to me they are an integral part of this image because they help remind me of what it was like peering into the dazzling sun through my car’s dirty windscreen; they remind me of what it was like being there.
Finally, the wet flatlands of the Somerset Levels, the second largest area of fenland in Britain, stretch out behind this little tableau, with the iconic landmark of Glastonbury Tor – a steep hill with the tower of a ruined church on its summit – seen up at upper left.
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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 125mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Plate 1 preset.