Saturday, February 14, 2009

History, by Evening Light

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This is opportunistic shooting: the sun came between clouds and just for a few minutes flooded the Esk Valley with warm light. I've always said the quality of light in England is entirely distinct, and here it paints a scene from history. The abbey began its fall into ruin in the 16th century, but had a long heritage, an earlier ecclesiastical building on the same site was sacked by the Vikings in the 9th century. This is the east side of Whitby Harbour, and it is known there has been constant habitation here since at least the 7th century. The marine communications tower beyond the abbey really reminds you it's the modern age! While the town as we know it has many buildings dating from the last few hundred years, it is a place rich in its own past, which very much retains its flavour, stays alive, as the town moves into the future. This was a simple photograph, catch the light, frame the composition, remember to keep the camera level, and expose the frame. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic exposure, telephoto. November, 2006. Image by Mike.

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