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The Lost Drovers

By Paree
This image was inspired by a book I am reading at the moment The Rowan Tree.
It is about the women drovers who travelled twice a year from Wales to Smithfield Market in London.
to sell the cows in the 1800.
They would walk along behind the herd of cows and bulls ,
Their main job was to look out for stray animals.
To keep themselves busy as the walked they would knit, they wore aprons with big pockets
at the front to put the knitting in, unbelievable they would knit as they slowly walk along usually making stocking
which they would sell when they got to London,
also they would weed the farmers fields when they stopped for breaks, and get paid for this,
Unfortunately on the road was a hazardous place to be and some of the woman got killed by stampeding animals,
The image is the ghosts of the lost women

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andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 12:44AM
lots of thought has gone into this,but its still very hard [for me]to read as the perspectives/images are very different,and if I had not read why you did this the photo would be a bit confusing,I think[very personnal view]is that this is to fragmented,the images do not work as a whole,sorry when you have put so much work into it but remember its only my comment and I am far from an expert.

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User_Removed 13 39 6 Scotland
24 Mar 2006 12:53AM
A well concieved rather surreal montage. Thanks for the backstory to it.

Luv Victor x
conrad 12 10.9k 116
24 Mar 2006 12:56AM
I'm torn between the two opinions above. I think that if Big Ben hadn't leaned backwards so much, I would have been in full agreement with Victor, although I don't think it so serious that it would keep me from really liking this image as it is. Great atmosphere, good treatment, and clearly surrealist - so maybe the leaning doesnt matter that much.

Chocwendy 10 8 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 1:31AM
without the story this would have confused me,too....But i think you have captured it well..very mysterious, mystical and magic!
Good for you for trying something out of the ordinary!
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
24 Mar 2006 1:33AM
Nicely done, Maureen, I love it

Mari Smile
AlanBW 10 20 England
24 Mar 2006 4:49AM
Amazing image
Paree 11 616 3
24 Mar 2006 5:13AM
Oh Lovely I 'm glad people are thinking about this image,
the perspective, is not really
important as it was supposed to be a surreal image, more a suggestion of an idea,
I wanted London to look how I imagined it would have in the 1800 smoggy and dirty.
User_Removed 11 32 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 5:56AM
I like the image Maureen. Good imaginative image. It seems to me that the surrealism has been lost om some observers who, I guess are looking at it from a purely technical aspect. My view is that with images such as yours the viewer needs to be able to think outside the box to get a proper feel for what your images portray. And, yes one does need your description to understand the image but thats what imagry is all about. Keep up the good work

Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
24 Mar 2006 6:35AM
Interesting pic, nice one.
Hawkgenes 11 10 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 8:28AM
A great piece of manipulation, shows a well known scene in a completely different light

tonymarq 11 1 United States
24 Mar 2006 8:22PM
Maureen stunning image and all the detail worked into the image is amazing!

stay well
Sina 10
25 Mar 2006 8:36AM
Nicely done. Stunning
Bluke 11 303 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2006 9:30AM
what excellent work.... very clever..
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
27 Mar 2006 2:03AM
I have read the story and I like the image. I am not sure I get the bright old fashioned light they are reaching for in comparison to the fainter shots of London.
Or perhaps that is it- reaching for the past.

PS. What happened to the 'Womb Workers'saw it one day went back to comment next day and it was gone.
Paree 11 616 3
27 Mar 2006 6:05AM
Hi Brian, thanks for commenting I will try to answer your questions
The lights are bright because they are in the foreground, in the 1800's London was usualy thick with smog, so the rest of the picture is misty, the River Themes at this time was filthy and very smelly, in the story I am reading people who lived close to the river hung up old cloths soaked in amonia at the windows, to try to take away the putrid smells, and also to try to keep out the germs and plague ,the woman are ghosts, so I thought that they would proberbly immerge from the river, but the image is open to whatever you percieve it to be.
In answer to your second question The image that I made The Womb Workers I removed because once I upoaded it I noticed a few faint lines where I had joined two images together, and once I had noticed it, I could see nothing else,I will probably upload it later.
Thanks again for your interest
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Mar 2006 6:12AM
Great story, great work, great image. PAul
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
27 Mar 2006 9:46AM
Hello Maureen.
Thanks for taking the time to clarify a few things for me. I have only recently started to really look at these type of images. I know what I like but I am not always able to interpret them. I think I might look that book up too.

PS. Please put the 'Womb Workers' up at some point. My wife and I thought it was a brilliant concept.

Paree 11 616 3
27 Mar 2006 12:05PM
Hi Brian,
thanks for a return visit,
I think your wife would enjoy the book especially as it is mostly about women
it is The Rowan Tree by Iris Gower, it is the first of her books I have read, although she has written quite a few,
the story is fiction although the fact have all been researched.I was especially interested in the story as the main character is a herbalist,
and it goes into detail about how she collects and uses the herbs
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
27 Mar 2006 11:15PM
Hello Maureen.
I looked the book up and yes I think my wife would read it as she has read Iris Gower books in the past. It does sound like a lot of interesting facts are within the fiction though. I may give it a try !

billbris 12 3
28 Mar 2006 3:52AM
Great concept imaginatively executed.
What a marvelous (and sadly under-valued) portfolio you have.

Cronk 11 6 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2006 9:59PM
Creat manipulation.

BeiK 10 7 Scotland
29 Mar 2006 5:59AM
You do some amazing digital manipulations on the surreal theme.
tepot 12 4.4k United Kingdom
29 Mar 2006 7:33AM
love this shot, you have a very good portfolio.
roseyn 12 74 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2006 7:54AM
Clever work and the background info make it more relevant. Like what you are doing with the digital manipulation... wish I was more inventive. Great shot maureen. By the way The Rowan tree is a book well worth reading.
Cat&Mouse 13 113 Russian Federation
30 Mar 2006 10:17AM
Hi, Paul and Maureen!
Great composition, very artistic, well done!

We are amazing with yours fantastic portfolio, with the unusual images so!

About our monastery photo(s).
If you will give us the e-mail address, we shall send you this (or other photo which you can see later) in higher resolution.
Please, do this via private messaging our.


Malik & Mary.
Sus 12 3.2k 9 England
30 Mar 2006 1:45PM
Not usually the sort of image that appeals to me, but glad I looked at your pf and I like images with a story.

This particularly struck me as I've just got back from watching V for vendetta - big guy fawkes theme - so houses of p. on my mind!

Sus (also Cambs- way)
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
4 Apr 2006 3:11AM
I think this is a powerful image of London .Full of smog and dirty . Love the lamps . Can imagine those poor women jumping off a bridge !! Wonderful work x
newty1 10 3 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:46PM
great stuff very creative
90125 10 3 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2006 1:56PM
Good imagery Maureen-books are always an inspiration!
Oh wow, makes my flower look basic, this is the best portfolio ive ever been in, congratulations

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