Photography 101 – Architecture

boathouse
Boathouse on Hartsholme Lake, Lincoln, UK

 

Boathouse

It stands
upon the water’s edge,
a remnant of a lost age
haunted
by a melancholic air,
a longing for
days past.

Listen:
can you hear the echoes,
drifting down
through the years –
the carefree laughter,
the happy voices?

Look:
can you see the figures,
coalescing
in the shadows –
the ladies and gentlemen
of yesteryear,
gathering in their finest
garments?

All are mere memories,
recollections
of the boathouse alone;
all are distant lives
about which we
can only
dream.

 

boathouse colour
Boathouse on Hartsholme Lake, Lincoln, UK, in colour

For today’s challenge I headed into Lincoln to photograph some of the architecture of the city – the castle, the cathedral, the Jews House, the Guildhall and all of the other beautiful architecture of a city that dates back to the Roman era. After several hours of snapping pictures I headed off home, only to make a spur of the moment decision to call in to Hartsholme Country Park on my way. Hmm. As you can see, it is a picture I took there that ended up being today’s photo! This is partly because it was the one that worked best in black and white, but is also because it inspired a poem, which the other’s didn’t really do.

Hartsholme Country Park lies in the middle of what is now a residential area of Lincoln and was once the site of a Victorian stately home called Hartsholme Hall. This was destroyed in 1951. There are only two remaining buildings from this time – one is the farm homestead (now the visiters’ center) and the other is the boathouse. It was built in 1881 and above the door is the Shuttleworth family crest.  It’s architecture may not be as impressive as the cathedral, but it appeals in it’s elegant simplicity.

Here are a few of today’s other pictures (in black and white, of course!):

cathedrallinesjews house

 

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15 Comments on “Photography 101 – Architecture

    • Thank you 🙂 I like the colour one too -the b&w is more brooding than merely melancholic. One of today’s challenges was to convert it, though, so I thought I’d put that one first!

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  1. I actually like the last photo that you posted, the street! I just love small cobblestone streets!

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    • Thank you. I also love cobblestones. I took one ( or several) picture earlier just of the cobblestones! That picture is of Steep Hill in Lincoln.

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you like it. 🙂 You’ve also just made me realise that I didn’t caption the last few pictures. That is a building known as The Jews’ House on Steep Hill.

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  2. I really like the last one (street scene) best. But the first one B&W of the boat house is nice too and I like the poem that goes with it.

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    • Thanks. A lot of people seem to like the street scene! I’m glad you like the poem as well. It insisted on being written 🙂

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you’re enjoying the poetry as well as the pictures. I’ve pretty much always written them but I’ve only just started letting other people read them – it’s still slightly nerve wracking to do so!

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  3. Great poem to match your “old time feel” black and white of the boat house. It is interesting in color too, the greens really pop. I am a fan of the street scene too, the last bw you posted. But, I totally get that some images just really speak to you! And when the those words come, you must listen.
    Great post!

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you like them! And sometimes the words won’t leave you alone until you’ve written them down!

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    • They do go well together. I’m also loving the word prompts we’re getting for photo101. There have been a couple of occasions where that has prompted the poem and I’ve then had to go and take a picture that also fits the poem! Thanks for liking 🙂

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