Stills V3

November 30, 2010

All lined up, but…

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 00:06

Stone tiles at Howick Hall in Northumberland



  1. Worthy subject matter: worked stone is one of the finest examples of man’s relationship with the natural world. I’m assuming that these are for roofing although part of me wonders why the corners are rounded, and that follows on from observing that the stacking places the rounded corner to the right in both lines. It’s that sort of picture! The vegetation is all of a piece with the overall scene, including the much more ancient lichen that dots the wall in almost modern art fashion.

    It is fun to look at and seems to stick with one.

    Comment by zavaell — December 1, 2010 @ 07:39

  2. beautiful capture of textures in wall, tiles and grass. Are those small white flowers, this would be lovely to view as a print I’m sure.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 1, 2010 @ 20:24

  3. As I sit here under an almost unseasonal blanket of snow I ponder on the effect circumstance has on perceptions. Would I have even noticed the lush vegetation, in an almost nostalgic way? Would I have given a thought to the role a slate tile plays on keeping the elements out, had it not been for my current circumstanes? I doubt not.

    Whatever, I too wondered about the rounded edges of the tiles, which had they been symmetrical, that is both top corners done, might have made them look like fossilised loaves of sliced bread.

    Speaking of slicing, is that a piece stone on the right of the frame which seems to bear the scars of the mechanical blade as it worked its way through.

    I remember lamenting to John once that I was clueless when it came to mono images. His advice included something about reading books on the subject and studying mono images to find what appealed to me and hence give me some kind of sense of what I was trying to achieve. (Forgive me John, if you don’t recognise that advice, but it was probably at least four years ago. That’s a comment on my memory, not yours, by the way)! Well I’ve still a very long way to go before I can consider myself a proficient practitioner of the enigmatic art of mono, but nevertheless I can now look at a mono image and have some sort of an answer to the question “What might I have done with this”?

    I will ramble on no longer, I will simply offer the thought that I might have gone for more contrast in this and sit back and wonder if that is a valid thought.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 2, 2010 @ 08:10

  4. Almost a row of tombstones.

    Not a criticism but I doubt I could have refrained from squaring up wall to the frame. I need to take a dose of Winogrand who seemed to like odd angles.

    The right angles and straightness of the stonework is very attractive, and tempting.

    Comment by Rex — December 5, 2010 @ 19:29

  5. All

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. The stonetiles and vegetation were the first ting that attracted me – the wall to the rear just added value. The piece to the right of the frame is the side of a small wood structure that is roofed with the tiles – perhaps these were left over, although there are more on the floor than the roof.

    The reference to tombstones is somehow appropriate – there is often an air of melancholy about images like this I think. Perhaps the sense of time passing and inevitable decay are part of my reasons for not straightening everything – too much man imposed order?

    I’m still working on a final print. Trying like this and with more contrast to see which I’ll live with. In print as well the film grain adds to the texture and sense of age.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 5, 2010 @ 22:16

  6. My first thought was tombstones as well — and then there is a double take — no, they are too thin. There is a certain somber personality to them lined up there. The foliage is a nice counterpoint to the stone tiles and lovely all on its own.

    I have little doubt this will make a fine print. From here, looking on the screen, the amount of contrast suits me fine.

    Comment by Christina — December 6, 2010 @ 02:47

  7. I would respond to the point Chris makes about contrast by observing that, notwithstanding any advice I gave some time ago (which I am sure was excellent!!), I would probably have pushed the contrast in an initial conversion but might well have decided that the lighter bits in the stone were being lost as they got too bright and throttled back to something like this. The tint is probably on the edge of where one can take it too.

    Comment by zavaell — December 6, 2010 @ 08:02

  8. I have looked long and hard at this. Whilst there is plenty to engage me I do keep finding myself returning to the post along the right hand side. The curves on the tiles take my eyes left yet that post keeps bringing me back in…and it’s just off vertical to bring me back in quite quickly too. Interesting as initially I thought that the post has to go. The pleasing muddle in the base gives me more than enough reason to wallow in the patterns and shapes in the wall above it.

    Comment by akikana — December 8, 2010 @ 08:39

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