Sunday, 25 March 2012

Light and shadow


(Hover mouse over image for the black and white version)

Because I'm me, when I download a day's worth of photos from one of my photographic explorations, I generally have a couple of attempts at more 'arty' shots, alongside the plethora of general record and landscape pictures.  I try to keep my eyes open for patterns and textures. This is Thornton Viaduct again.  I noticed in the strong, low sunlight that there were good patterns of light and shadow.  Then I couldn't decide if it looked best in black and white or if I preferred the colour.  See what you think.

This is the final day of the Thornton Challenge photographic experiment in which Alan Burnett and I agreed to explore the same village at different times and from our own perspective and then share what we each 'saw'.  For Alan's eye view, please go to his blog NEWS FROM NOWHERE.

I've had a lot of fun exploring Thornton, taking photos, writing the posts and, of course, seeing what Alan came up with too.  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.  I think it proves the original hypothesis. (See here). Certainly in this series I think you can read, 'between the lines', quite a lot about the photographers as well as about Thornton.  I approached it like some kind of enthusiastic tour guide, picking out the highlights, bombarding you with historical titbits and determined to make you overlook the fact that your hotel is right next to a building site.  Alan, on the other hand, approached the assignment like a seasoned reporter, homing in on the underlying essence of the place and, with a journalist's flair for words, neatly summing up a world of truth in each pithy phrase.  Perhaps you need both of us really, to get a balanced picture.  The good news is that both of us will continue, in our own blogs, to explore our lovely home county of Yorkshire and we hope you'll continue on the journey with us.  Thanks Alan, and thanks to everyone who read and commented, for sharing this with us.  I've made some new friends and that's lovely. Maybe we should do it again sometime?

16 comments:

  1. Great patterns and texture in this Thornton shot. And how neat is that with the mouse turning it into B&W. What is the secret?
    It has been great fun following you and Alan in your experiment. You have summed it up well. Your shots were picture postcard perfect even better. Everything looked pretty, clean and historically interesting. They made you want to visit and see for one's self. On the other hand Alan's shots were like looking underneath the surface as if trying to find the real Thornton or the old Thornton. They were scruffy but captivating. I love seeing Yorkshire through your blogs and Diane's "Heartshaped" blog.

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  2. Hi Jenny .. I love the coloured view - and my mouse didn't change it - but I'm sure I'd prefer this version.

    It's been an interesting take on Yorkshire life - and have loved looking at both your blogs to see which pictures and aspects you've selected ..

    Cheers and enjoy a wonderful sunny day - well hope you have sun up there .. Hilary

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  3. Diane - you have to put a bit of HTML code, linking the two photos, into the post (click HTML button rather than Compose button and enter the code). There are lots of sites on the internet that tell you how to do it. See here for example. You just have to be precise in getting exactly the right code.

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  4. That is a fine photograph to finish with Jenny. Thanks so much for taking part in this little experiment Jenny, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and also thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts and following your eye. As you will see from my post today, I have issued you with another challenge - to make it an annual event. Keep that pin handy, hopefully we will need it again before too long.

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  5. This has been a very entertaining experiment, Jenny. The love for your county calls out from each composition. Blogging at its very best.

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  6. Thank you Alan and jennyfreckles for letting us come along, to see a place through different eyes. It was a wonderful experiment and one that bears repeating all over the world. Beauty is, indeed, in the eyes of the beholder.

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  7. Just got back from viewing Alan's take on Thornton, now to get caught up with yours. What a fun experiment. I'm partial to the b&w version of this image...the textures and shadows are awesome. ~Lili

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  8. Thank you for an interesting series. I enjoyed it. Must say that I thought one of you would show the 'Ring O'Bells" (if it's still there). Some great photographs and words between you. Hope you can do it again, sometime.

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  9. It has been a great series! I really like the colour version- the shades of green are fabulous.

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  10. Very good photo, makes me think of a fabric design for some reason.

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  11. Congratulations on the project!
    The photo is excellent in both colour and black/white.

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  12. I looked at the colour shot and thought 'WOW! That is gorgeous!'
    But then I hovered my mouse and instantly decided that monochrome is even better!

    Being able to swap between the two is also rather impressive!!

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  13. I think this is wonderful too. I like the color, it makes my eyes move along the lines!

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  14. This was a wonderful project..thanks for your view of Thornton, I enjoyed this series:)

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  15. What a fine shot! I love shadows!

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