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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #11

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #11

Riveaulx Abbey

In to the third week of this second part of my early mono work and I hope you like this picture taken during a Yorkshire holiday in the 1970's.

This is a great set of ruins with, once again, the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. Like a lot of other such buildings Riveaulx suffered with the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. Its history can be read on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rievaulx_Abbey

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 2 #11

Riveaulx Abbey

In to the third week of this second part of my early mono work and I hope you like this picture taken during a Yorkshire holiday in the 1970's.

This is a great set of ruins with, once again, the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. Like a lot of other such buildings Riveaulx suffered with the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. Its history can be read on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rievaulx_Abbey

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (17)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:41
I don't know the place at all Brian but it looks very grand
Brian Walbey: Well worth a visit if you are ever in Yorkshire Chris.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2009, 01:14
Must have been really magnificent in its heyday
Brian Walbey: Thanks Zed, I suspect it was, it is quite a big place.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 02:07
Don't you wonder what he was thinking, Brian! So very sad...but even in ruins, its grandeur lives on.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, so many beautiful buildings were destroyed at that time followed by further damage bu Oliver Cromwell and his crowd later on.
  • Kay
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 23 Feb 2009, 02:19
Brian, this is beautiful.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Kay.
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 23 Feb 2009, 05:10
Beautiful photo. . Reminds me of the book "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet, the story of a master stonemason who built churches in the 12th century. I imagined then to look just like your photo.
Brian Walbey: I've read that book Suzanne, I remember it took me quite a while but it was a great read. Seeing places like this helped me to picture the places in my mind.
Haven't been here but this is a fine picture and makes me wish I had.
Brian Walbey: Well worth a visit if you ever get up that way Bill.
This is great work Brian. Love the verticals.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chad.
You captured it very nicely with this beautiful perspective Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, like all these ruins there are so many possible viewpoints.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Feb 2009, 10:07
Fine shot, Brian. Through those huge arches, the ruin seems to go back very deep.
Brian Walbey: Thanks ray, it was a very long building, this is looking across the width.
You found the right angle to shoot this Brian. Great depth to it. Grand picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Ron.
70's blimey thats stood the test of time Brian, great composition here, all those years ago did they have the so called rules to photography?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim. It was at this time I was learning and the rules, as we call them, were eemphasised very strongly in camera Clubs at the time. Now we know they are there to be broken.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 14:45
well spotted brian.

also appreciate the inclusion of the lady at bottom right.

could be just a tad sharper though
Brian Walbey: Your probably right about the sharpness, those old Praktica lenses were a bit like the bottom of milk bottlessmile Thanks for your comment.
I like the inclusion of the lady in right bottom corner - gives a proper sense of scale. Nice shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela, I agrre about the lady, I bet at the time I was angry she was in the shotsmile
Beatiful b/w
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Albert
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2009, 15:46
Beautiful arches - looks great in b/w. Just had a strange experience - on clicking on your blog a different photo from the thumbnail popped up - something very brightly coloured from a garden centre! Thought I was having an out-of-body experience!
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: No it wasn't an out-of-body experience Ingrid, you have had a preview of something coming up in April that I was uploading, somehow I briefly messed it up. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like this picture, you will catch up with the other one another time I hope.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Feb 2009, 18:25
One abbey I'd love to photograph. Cycled past it last June in the tipping rain but no-one wanted to stop! Superb detail in this, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Alan.
I really like the structures and your band w tones are terrific.

Blimey you posted to April already ...I'm lucky to be a week ahead. cheersr ichard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. My current Mono series is 45 pictures over 9 weeks up to mid March which I put up in one go. I have another series to follow in April, I am not normally that far ahead myself.

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