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Prospect Cottage

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Prospect Cottage made famous by Derek Jarman.

Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was an English film director who made a famous garden on the shingle shore near Dungeness nuclear power station. Jarman believed that the Pilot Inn, nearby, provides “Simply the finest fish and chips in all England". The garden design style is postmodern and highly context-sensitive - a complete rejection of modernist design theory. He disliked the sterility of modernism; he despised its lack of interest in poetry, allusion and stories; he deplored the techno-cruelty exemplified in Dr. D. G. Hessayon's 'How to be an expert' series of garden books. Jarman's small circles of flint reminded him of standing stones and dolmens. He remarked that 'Paradise haunts gardens, and some gardens are paradises. Mine is one of them. Others are like bad children, spoilt by their parents, over-watered and covered with noxious chemicals.' The poem on the black timber wall of Derek Jarman's cottage is from John Donne's poem The Sun Rising and reads:

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run ?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school-boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices ;
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
In that the world's contracted thus ;
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere ;
This bed thy center is, these walls thy sphere

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User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
16 Nov 2012 9:19PM
Sometimes a landscape just cries out for mono treatment. This is one. The sky would never have been so dramatic (without looking false) in colour.

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
16 Nov 2012 10:07PM
like the pov..and a great sky..think you've managed to hold down the brighter tones in the gravel well Smile
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
16 Nov 2012 10:29PM
I love the low angle of this shot which just invites you up into the garden and beyond to the sky. As said already this shot would have had less impact in colour.

wynn469 9 157 Wales
16 Nov 2012 10:38PM
Fantastic sky ideal for black and white
26 Nov 2012 4:34PM
Very nice image and a fabulous place to photograph.

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