Stills V3

March 17, 2012


Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 23:48



  1. I made this picture on my way back from Cumbria after stopping for lunch at the long established, and currently for sale, cavers cafe (Bernie’s) next door. Having made a small print, I find it uite an intriguing picture that I kep coming back to. Interested to know what people think.

    For information, Bernie’s Cafe has been around for as long as I have been heading up past Ingleton, so well over 20 years, and is renowned for selling tea by the pint. Hannah was delihted to be able to puchase a half pint of hot chcolate! Bernie’s is really a cavers cafe, but I’ve always snuck in under the pretext that fell walking is nearly like caving – wet and miserable, but generally in the light and less dangerous.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 17, 2012 @ 23:54

  2. Forgotten corner.

    Neglect seems a bit of a theme here. The forlorn looking dog looks as forgotten and neglected as the flower displays above him. Looks like somebody has parked him there and has obediently not returned within the two hours.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 18, 2012 @ 22:57

  3. I can’t say that I have ever been to a caver’s cafe! For anybody from overseas this has plenty of UK characteristics to study (including ambiguously worded signs as Chris points out! My favourite is ‘use both lanes’): signs to direct you, wildly divergent use of stone and design for building and a desire to put plant life where it doesn’t really want to be! One musn’t forget dogs in that mix. The British equivalent to hitching your horse outside the saloon in the Wild West is tying your dog by its lead to a convenient post holding up yet another sign or the railings enclosing the supermarket trolleys. The dog is certainly the star of the shot and seems to be unreasonably patient!

    Comment by zavaell — March 20, 2012 @ 07:49

  4. I like the dog’s expression – a grump at being left parked? two minor technical points that stick a bit for me: it seems a little low in contrast overall (I would say a bit washed out, but the exposure is fine) and I’d personally crop out the touch of red on the left.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 12:16

  5. Certainly one where colour works very much in its favour. The dogs leads you in very well and the middle maintains interest. I just find that the backdrop is a little lacking in something to focus on – perhaps inclusion of the post box? The whole overhanging effect of the buildings sure does make it feel like the dog is not leashed in the safest place.

    Comment by akikana — March 26, 2012 @ 04:25

  6. Thanks. The picture was made on a bbitterly cold day and the dog, like so many lurchers, just stood there accepting his lot and waiting obedient to the sign. A lovely dog.

    The picture was made on film and the light was the sort of cold grey flat light that sucks the colour out of everything. Hence I left the image flat to reflect the day. I’ve since made a second, bigger, print with a bit more local contrast. that I will hang in the gallery (on the attic stairs!) eventually. Martin may be right though as it would liekly be more accessible with more contrast and saturation, but then it wouldn’t look as neglected I think? I considered removing the red edges of the post box – you never quite know what you’ll get with a rangefinder – but decided to leave them with a bit of film edge too. Ironically, they’ll probably both get covered by the matte when I put it in a frame.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 26, 2012 @ 23:28

  7. I love the dog’s stance and expression, the dog does match the rather dilapidated surroundings. I tried cropping out the red bits and I think they do add to the balance of the image rather than distract.

    Comment by Rex — March 27, 2012 @ 19:27

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