Dying CraftMaybe that would have been a better title for the piece. Built in the days of wheelwrights/wainwrghts and cartwrights. Look at the skill that's gone into the making of those wheels!
|Flatbed Milk Churn Wagon|
Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club, 2011
The wagon is now being used as a showpiece outside Bredbury Hall, a place where I was staying on business again. As I've mentioned in the last few posts, I first stayed there back in 2008 and on my return last month, it was a great chance to be able to shoot this wonderful echo from the past in its entirety.
I took my ultra-wide angle zoom lens to be able to get it all in frame. Thanks must go again to my brother, Trevor, for such a great gift a couple of Christmases ago.
I challenge anyone to get a better composition of this piece! I had to go round and round, up on tippy-toes and crouching down, walking backwards and forwards, camera glued to my face !
Some of the reasons I settled on this viewpoint / composition:
- The turned front wheel gives it a feeling of movement
- The angle / point of view / perspective takes the eye on a nice little journey on the way through the image
- The whole wagon is pointing in the direction of some milk churns, with which it would have had a daily connection in getting the milk churns to the dairy or out for sale
- The lamp jutting into the sky was an added bonus!
- And finally, the wooden stump on the left acts as a nice stop and prevents the eye from wandering out of the picture.
Have a look at the close-up of the wheel closest to you - you can see it three or four posts ago - and admire the craft of the wainwright.
comments / critique / feedback / tweets / buzzes / +1s always welcome :)