It’s usually the chimney that still stands, long after a house is reduced to rubble and brambles.
Sometimes we make images that capture far more than seemed to be present in the originally viewed scene: in editing this photo in the Snapseed app, the main subject seemed to me to be the curtain, hung precisely in the middle of this abandoned caravan’s window, and its ghostly quality like that of a long-ago girl’s petticoat.
Today I had the good fortune to visit our craft shop, Calico & Candles, when Lucy was working there; not just because Lucy is a lovely person – which was reason enough to enjoy a visit – but because she had brought along her vintage button accordion. Happily, she was generous enough to play it for me, and also to let me have a turn, explaining how to work the bellows and buttons, and didn’t laugh at my attempts! Actually, I fell a bit in love with her accordion, and would like to acquire one for myself.
If you stand at the gate in the previous post and pivot clockwise, this is the view you’ll see. Where the other photo was coloured and showed off the late-springtime green of the valley, this photo could just have easily have been taken in late summer. That’s one of the reasons I like black and white photography – things can seem ambiguous, and therefore be more broadly representative.
I like the diagonal sweep of the passing road as it is gathered towards the bottom of the hill.