This picture was taken at Blists Hill* Victorian town. It was December, shrouded in freezing fog, and there were few visitors. As I stood on my own in the Victorian street, all was silent, when a man, dressed in Victorian clothing appeared out of the fog, trundling his barrow. As I watched him, for a few fleeting moments, enveloped in fog in the old-fashioned setting, I had the surreal feeling of almost stepping back in time to the 1800s. I had a short time to take a few pictures of the barrowman before he and his barrow gradually disappeared once more, like a ghost, into the fog and murk.
*Blists Hill is a recreated Victorian town, close to the Ironbridge Gorge and Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, birthplace of the industrial revolution, where Abraham Darby 1 perfected the art of smelting iron with coke. Staff in period dress take on the roles of shopkeepers, tradespeople, artisans and publicans in the town, and it even has old-fashioned currency that you can exchange at the bank to spend in its shops, cafes and pub.
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