Lacock Abbey BCOP100

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I’m happy with this roll of film. Most of my images are composed and exposed in the way I intended. The tones of the photographs really compliment the subject matter. I did experience some unintentional blur in my images.

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The depth of field is quite shallow within this photograph and I feel it works well. The contrast of the greens, purple and yellow really adds more depth. I feel this photograph could have been better, had the pose of the subject matter been more relaxed/unaware.

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I purposely shot with the door frame in the middle of my image as I wanted to viewers eye to be lead. I do enjoy the fact you are given a glimpse but are left in the unknown about what else there is to see. I feel the plants in and around the photograph act as a kind of botanical frame.

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As depicted in the Harry Potter films, the scene of the huge elaborate corridors, was something that created a feeling of awe and excitement. The blank scene allows you to fill it, to create your own narrative. Again with the added mystery of the door at the end.

 

History


Once the nunnery had ended their residency the Abbey passed through multiple hands of ownership until reaching William Henry Fox Talbot some time in the 19th Century. Following the owership of the Talbot family the Abbey and surrounding village were passed to the National Trust in order to preserve it due to it’s importance in photographic history, due to the pioneering work of William Henry Fox Talbot. The National Trust promotes the village and Abbey as one, hosting the Fox Talbot museum and access to the Abbey grounds.

 

William Henry Fox Talbot

11 February 1800 -17 September 1877

William Henry Fox Talbot was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. At his home, Lacock Abbey, he investigated all of the sciences but is best known for inventing photography. His process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Key points in he life:

  • 1800 – Born
  • 1817 – Began study at Cambridge University
  • 1832 – Married
  • 1832 – Elected MP for Chippenham
  • 1833 – Was inspired to experiment with new technology in the hope of creating an ‘automatic sketch’
  • 1835 – Created the image of the Latticed Window at Lacock Abbey, a positive from what could be the oldest existing camera negative
  • 1838 – Received the Royal Medal
  • 1841 – Patented the Calotype process
  • 1842 – Received the Rumford Medal
  • 1877 – Died

 

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