Finally to finish off what (for me) was a rather satisfying shoot at the National Folk Museum in St Fagans, near Cardiff, a set of four images of “old friends” – some of the buildings that have been in the museum the longest. Apart from some cropping, none of these photographs has been altered in any way – the beauty of low angle, winter sunlight!
Starting with this one, which really takes me down memory lane. The toll house (at the bottom of the lane) was originally at South Gate, Penparcau, Aberystwyth – a long stones throw from where Jenny and I started our married life together in the little lodge cottage at Crugiau. As I recall, the toll house was in situ when we first arrived in Aber, but had been removed (on its way to St Fagans presumably) by the time we moved to the cottage. This view, is an unusual one for me; we nearly always walk up this lane with the toll house behind us on our way to the quarryman’s cottage (on the right) which is our favourite building at St Fagans. It’s also unusual in the fact that usually, in spring and summer, the view down the lane is obscured by the hedgerow in leaf.
[EXIF: 1/80sec @ f/16; ISO 400; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA]
The next building, another favourite, is sort of about textures, but also about linkages between the house and the natural environment. The latter provides the materials for the former. Also, like the others in this selection, it’s unusual (for me) in that I haven’t tried to capture the whole building – which is the obvious temptation, but I’ve tried to extract texture from them.
[EXIF: 1/400sec @ f/8; ISO 400; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA]
The last two are attempts at unusual shots of familiar subjects. Near to the entrance to the museum, these buildings are much photographed, but with textures in mind, I looked for unusual (or at least different) angles to shoot them from.
[EXIF: 1/100sec @ f/16; ISO 400; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA]
[EXIF: 1/250sec @ f/16; ISO 400; Sony ILCE-7R; Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA]
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed shooting them. I’ll be taking a short seasonal break from posting on the blog, but not shooting photographs – hopefully, so I’ll see you back here in the New Year. Have a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.