Hare Hill gardens near Prestbury and Mottram St Andrew in Cheshire is a small but exquisitely charming national trust property that is semi secluded. It is comprised of a remote walled garden that seems almost like a surreal anomaly, and wider gardens heavily planted with vibrant acid loving shrubs. The center pieces of the walled garden are two wire sculptures of horse and rider.
After moving to Prestbury twenty years ago it was another four years before I actually discovered Hare Hill.
My first post of 2017 is a typically beguiling look at my own locality with a hint of the eerie or disquieting that is apparently a signature quality of a lot of my photography. This rarely photographed aspect of Macclesfield also reminds me a little of the strange dystopic 1970s aesthetic portrayed in the cult black humour blog known as Scarfolk, it could be a poster item for the gruesome consequences of climbing pylons or the opening shot of a public information film about the same. One that inevitable ends with the haunted expressions on the faces of young on-lookers as a friend comes to grief – as a side note however, I still maintain that the 70s was a fabulous decade to grow up in! Interestingly, this view of the town is indeed one that will not have changed at all since the 1970s. I like how I have managed to capture a sense of the dramatic and ominous in this picture that is due in large part to the unique landscape setting and lighting conditions.
- Aperture: ƒ/8
- Focal length: 35mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/250s
The bridge at Capsthorne Hall in Cheshire. Treated with a tinted canvas layer, taken 18th July 2015. This National Trust property is one of Cheshire’s finest Jacobean sites and always well worth a visit. In the summer months Capsthorne also hosts a range of outdoor entertainments and events including the Rewind Festival.
The ‘tea lady’ in Rainow village, Cheshire – one of those curious cut-out advertising boards promoting a local tea shop or church fete. They are a common sight in English villages and often the quirky creation of a local handyman with a jig saw. The light on this caught my attention immediately and so I thought it worthy of a picture – obviously. Both images have been treated with an HDR simulation filter and slight tinting in an effort to create or enhance an impression of oil paint-like density, or even some kind of graphical render. I thought it would interesting to go for an image render style that was mimetic of the subject itself and thus try to reflect that texture of oil paint on a flat medium. The combination of HDR, orton laying and excessive noise reduction can often create this kind of texture in skies at least.