Showing posts from March, 2017

A Room With A View - The Old White Lion Inn, Haworth

I've been checking out a few different places to stay in my beloved Haworth in order to choose a couple of favourite ones for my increasingly frequent visits to this beautiful place. Last time I was there a couple of weeks ago, I stayed in the Old White Lion on the top of Main Street. It is an 18th century pub and hotel with original architectural features and furnished in traditional, old world style which is what I always seek out. My single room was small, but very clean and comfortable. What impressed me most about the room was its breathtaking, sweeping views over Changegate and Worth Valley to the left, Rawdon Road and Oakworth straight ahead, and towards Keighley on the right. I decided to take shots of the view at dusk and then again in the morning. As I was getting ready to go out for an evening meal I watched the nightfall and lights slowly coming on in the streets below and in the distance below the horizon. The frame with a solitary figure walking down the street

Getty Images Sale

Thanks to the buyer in Belgium. I took this photo back in 2010 and this is the third time a license has been bought for it, making it my second best selling photo, the first being this one . It was a corporate client who purchased it this time, but I am not sure how the image is being used. It has been a long time since I created simple minimalistic still lifes like this one. Simplicity always works and is always popular both among viewers and buyers, and I have been thinking for quite some time to go back to that sort of still life work. The sale of this image has certainly given me a new incentive to do so.

Early Spring Stroll Around Haworth, Brontë Country

When my work rota unexpectedly changed last week, and I ended up having Friday and Saturday off, I immediately decided to spend that time in Haworth, always my favourite place. From photography point of view the purpose for the visit was to capture the signs of spring, the slow awakening of nature after a long winter sleep. As I got towards the top of the wonderful Main Street on Friday morning I turned back, and there was this beautiful, diffused yet glowing light, and a lovely smoke happened to briefly billow down in the valley; the whole street seemed enveloped in an unusual, nostalgic, almost surreal dreaminess. The large wooden planters outside Sexton John Brown's house, on the way to the Parsonage , always draw my attention with their delightful, seasonal blooms. Love the beautiful display of spring flowers outside the Parsonage, especially the gorgeous pink hellebores. I spotted this delicate blossom while standing in the Parsonage garden. I immediately

Still Life with Mimosa

I am very happy that my first post this March is about the beautiful winter flowering shrub of mimosa. While it is widespread in Croatia, I had never seen it in England up until a few days ago. I was in Leeds market looking for some seasonal blooms for a new still life and was delighted to spot bouquets of mimosa. The florist said she got it from a Dutch supplier which for me just confirms the fact that mimosa doesn't grow in this country. I love the little yellow pom pom flowers with their subtle, honeyed scent. As mimosa reminds me vividly of home, I thought I'd use it to create a nostalgic still life. I chose natural, partial backligthing from a window, a lot of fabric including an old fashioned table topper with crocheted edges, and an old, written postcard. I like yellow and blue colour combination; hence the vintage blue and white cup and saucer which add some colour contrast to the image. The lighting is pretty effective in itself, so the image didn't need much