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Monk Bretton Ruins

By andy_AHG    
The recent extended period of less than ideal weather forced me to assess my approach to my photography. Perviously, my work had relied largely on good light at sunrise and sunset. However, with what seemed like a constant cloud cover, a couple of weeks of inactivity began to make me feel quite frustrated.

As sunrises and sunset were commonly obscured by thick layers of grey cloud, it seemed that afternoon was the time that the light had more of a chance of finding gaps in the cloud. It seemed that I was going to need a rethink of my subject matter.

History, legend and folklore have had a huge influence on my work since the beginning. So the choice of subject matter was a fairly easy one to make. As the weather was largely ruling out convention landscapes, I would just shift the focus onto more historic subject matter shot in black and white, that quite suited the dark skies and brooding atmosphere.

So this was the beginning of my new project. To not just collect images of historic locations but to collect their stories too. I hope that maybe one day it will ultimately lead to a book of some shape or form.

These are the ruins of Monk Bretton Priory, near Barnsley. A Cluniac priory founded in the 1150s by Adam Fitz Swain. It was the place of the Black Monks of St Mary's Priory, found in 'A Lyttell Geste of Robyn Hode'. It became an independent Benedictine house in 1281 after refusing the Cluniac priory at Pontefract the right to elect their Prior.

Following the dissolution, the priory's contents were seized, the buildings mostly destroyed and the stone used to build a home for the Talbots and later the Armyne family. It is said that the Black Monks can still be spotted sometimes, flitting amongst the ruins.

Tags: Landscape Barnsley Travel Yorkshire Architecture Spooky Ruins Monk bretton

Voters: GillyB, Philip_H, cdm36 and 23 more

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GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 7:45PM
This is excellent Andy, superb in mono, love the drama and mood that the low POV gives and the fg is so fitting to the overall image .... please put me down for a copy of the book please Smile


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ronboy 8 2 Scotland
26 Jul 2012 7:48PM
great capture - really atmospheric thanks to use of mono
Bjarni 15 43 Scotland
26 Jul 2012 7:50PM
I really like the atmosphere that this conveys.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 7:56PM
cracking mono love the fg cross top shot Wink
martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 7:58PM
I agree with Gill, there is a great mood to this image, made by both the dramatic comp and the conversion to mono Smile
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 8:01PM
got mood by the bucvket load Andy, love the sun breaking through the clouds & through the remaining windows amidst the dark & ominous cloud.

Gareth Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Jul 2012 8:28PM
Very effective treatment for the subject matter, and the cross makes it for me.

h4rsx 8 17 5 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 9:10PM
Not often I see a mono with such a great dynamic range. Very atmospheric as some others have said.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 8:49AM
Tons of thanks for your UA Gareth. It is very much appreciated.

colin63 9 6 England
27 Jul 2012 9:32AM
Nice to see you back Andy and a great moody image too

Kenfromsot 10 57 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 6:39PM
Love the low pov Andy in this atmospheric image.
Look forward to seeing more of your project.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 6:58PM
Well composed and atmospheric mono image.

29 Jul 2012 2:57PM
Great shot Andy very moody. a shot that makes you look longer and think about.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 7:01PM
worked so well in mono Andrew.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 5:39PM
I think mono works very well for 'dereliction' subjects....& this one's a great shot, with a strong composition, good detail
with the added drama in the sky !! notch stuff !!
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
4 Sep 2012 10:58AM
What Keith said! Wink

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