Monday, June 12, 2006

I went to the trouble of turning a few photos this morning for you, even though I feel sick and yucky. But not restless. I guess that's a trade off. Hmmmm.

So, here are some more photos from Glastonbury. The first two are on the grounds of the ruins of the abbey. If I have the history right (too lazy to go double check), Henry the VIII destroyed the abbey (as well as many others) in order to add their considerable wealth and jewels to his own stash. That and I'm guessing a fit of pique at the whole "you can't get a divorce" ruling the Catholic church handed down. Even in ruins, the grounds are still a peaceful and beautiful place.

These first two photos, the one above and the one below, are all about framing and "doorways". Framing a photo is an easy way to create a focus, and the doorways always make me, as the viewer, wonder what lies beyond, in the more distant scene that we're only allowed a glimpse of.

Looking back at my holiday photos as a whole, I realize that because many of the images were shot during the middle of the day when we visited these locations (and when they're open to the public), I didn't get to play a lot with shadows. That's a shame because they can add so much to an image. Plus, the lighting is different in the early morning or late in the day. It was more challenging to take photos that showed depth or contrast without the extra help of shadows and lighting changes.

This last picture, below, I took while climbing the backside of the Glastonbury Tor. You can see St. Michael's Tower on the top and a few of the MANY steps weaving their way up the left side of the image and disappearing on the top of the hill. I like the way the horizon is sliced horizontally and how the top and bottom images seem to be working independently of each other. You expect the stairs to lead to the tower, and you still assume they do even though the in the scene they don't visually lead you there. And if you click and enlarge, you can see that tiny spot of red is William, waiting up top for his slower mother.


:-D eirdre said...

Thanks for the photos - I've been enjoying the journey, and looking forward to more !

Diana Troldahl said...

Me too! I'm loving them so much. They are sparking ideas...