Friday, 10 July 2009
I've been away from the Friday Shoot-Outs for a few weeks, mostly because I haven't been at home for most of the past month, but also in part because I do struggle to balance the various aspects.
On the one hand, there are the two internal 'goals' of the shoot-out, to capture my home town, while keeping to the theme for the week. Add into that the fact that I want to produce a post my regular readers will enjoy reading, and take some decent photographs to achieve all of this in a creative and compelling manner.... the upshot of all this is that I don't like doing things if I can't do them well, and sometimes I can't think of a way of balancing all the 'competing' elements into a pleasing whole. But I'm hoping that having an extra week of thinking time for each theme will help, so I'm going to try and be more regular about this over the next month (until I go to America again - yay!) and then reassess whether I'm doing it to a level I'm satisfied with.
So, for today, the theme is Textures... always a tough thing to capture on camera since it's essentially tactile, and also, how to make texture convey something essentially British? But there are a handful of interesting textures in my home which I think are characteristic of the time and place that this house was built. And at the very least, this should satisfy a bit of blogland curiousity about where I live!
For starters, Cotswold stone is a local building material in the area where I live, with far more character and texture to it than the bricks from which most houses are built. There's a disused quarry in my garden, and we believe our house and many others in the area were probably built from the stone from 'our' quarry.
I think most British houses nowadays have central heating, but this is the first house I've lived in that has it, so I'm still getting used to the very distinctive white ribbed radiators in every room:
And we've got very simple lightshades throughout the house, which also have a great texture because of the spiral design which lets them fold flat when not in use:
The original part of my house was built in 1880, but there's also an extension built in the 20s - this means we have a foot-thick wall between the old and new parts of the house, but in sharp contrast to this, the internal walls in the original half of the house are made from wood:
The door between the two halves of the house is one of the more interesting doors in our house, with huge hinges and a very solid lock: