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Looking both ways...

By alansdottir  
I've just come back from a visit to my mother, who still lives in the house I grew up in (in the 70s). Our village church was the subject of a number of my early photographs - from the old box brownie through the Kodak Instamatic and the Praktica up to the Canon AE-1; from old black-and-white through colour print and on to my later favourite, slide; in sunshine and shadow, rain and snow - but it never came out looking like this. These were taken shortly after a very cold dawn a couple of days ago and are virtually straight out of the camera.

And the title? Simply because this is an image both of the past (in subject matter) and the future (in style) and therefore somehow appropriate to the spirit of New Year.

Happy New Year to you all - thanks for looking! I hope 2009 brings all you would wish for you and yours...

Tech stuff: ISO 200; shutter 1/120 sec; aperture f/8 - yes, and my lovely new best friend helped - my tripod!

Tags: More Norfolk Church Architecture Growing Childhood Flint Landscape and travel St mary and st andrew Horsham st faiths

Voters: TyChee, goodone, GrahamNobles and 23 more

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GrahamNobles 12 9 4 England
2 Jan 2009 4:56AM
Interesting to compare this recent shot to your earlier visitations, both in terms of equipment and style. I suppose you'll see some evolution in both. In this shot (V1), I like the framing of the tree which almost, but not quite, makes contact. Nice sky as a backdrop.

Happy New Year


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danbrann 15 640 17
2 Jan 2009 8:42AM
What a superb sky to go with this architectural gem.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2236 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 9:34AM
I like the way these two work together as a pair. V2 is superb - quirky, original, dynamic. But somehow it needs the factual V1 to ground it. A very interesting, intelligent upload.
woolybill1 Plus
13 33 76 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 9:42AM
Quirky is always good! That's a wonderful sky, too, but it is the shapes of the branches and twigs silhouetted against the sky that I find mesmerising.
Happy New Year!
JohnH37 13 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 9:51AM
A nice image and an interesting description.Great title.Like the tree's almost like they are attacking the Church beneath..their twists and turns trying to add confusion/disruption.Like a choice between light and dark.
Version 2...the struggle!
(think my imaginations gone mad)!
2 Jan 2009 10:01AM
Great shot.
All the best for 2009.
alansdottir 11 60 7 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 4:13PM
John - I think you might be on to something there - it wasn't in my mind when I took the photo, but similar thoughts did cross when I reviewed it. More nature vs man's imposition, though...
RAUL 11 Italy
2 Jan 2009 5:46PM
Great shot.
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 8:00PM
lovely tracery on the tree
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2009 10:22PM
Brings back memories of times long gone bye, visiting you and your family whilst on holiday with mine. Happy New Year Carol X
3 Jan 2009 12:49PM
Do like pictures with a sense of the passing of time.

froggma 11 19 1
3 Jan 2009 3:58PM
Brilliantly atmospheric photograph Carol, nearly as good as the one of the same church I saw the other day Wink
I see you have acquired a three legged friend, this will change your photography forever.
Would be nice to see some from inside the church if you have any.

Best regards

Borzos 11
3 Jan 2009 6:25PM
Great captures! Love V2 because of the unusual and brilliant composition!
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
4 Jan 2009 11:34AM
Beautiful composition and tones Carol. Those branches are also special; almost like cracks in the sky. The two versions go together well, but if I had to choose I'd take V1. Best wishes for the New Year!
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
5 Jan 2009 9:19AM
Lovley with the silhouetted tree

doryram 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 9:22PM
Fantastic, love the way the tree is reaching out to the church like some b-type horror movie, reat work. Rod
izziwizkid 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2009 7:33PM
this ones not as good as myne mama!!!!! lol!!!! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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