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Chirk People 5/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

The National Trust at Chirk Castle have quite a few people dressed in suitable costume doing things to entertain and educate.

 

The man on the left is demonstrating how chainmail armour was made whilst the chap on the right wears the atire of a castle guard from several centuries ago.  He was quite popular with children wanting their picture taken with him.

 

The website for the castle can be found here

 

To finish the series next week I will show you some of the lovely gardens surrounding the castle.

 

Following my recent rant about a judge who called this image a "chocolate box" picture and then dismissed it, I put a print of it in front of a different judge on Tuesday evening at my club who rightly classed it as a landscape and awarded it a Highly Commended.  Further to that he also awarded First place to a print of this one, a very enjoyable evening I feel.

Chirk People 5/5

On the way home from Porthmadog, North Wales last September we stopped off at the National Trust property at Chirk Castle and for three weeks I am featuring a series of shots I took there on three different themes.

 

The National Trust at Chirk Castle have quite a few people dressed in suitable costume doing things to entertain and educate.

 

The man on the left is demonstrating how chainmail armour was made whilst the chap on the right wears the atire of a castle guard from several centuries ago.  He was quite popular with children wanting their picture taken with him.

 

The website for the castle can be found here

 

To finish the series next week I will show you some of the lovely gardens surrounding the castle.

 

Following my recent rant about a judge who called this image a "chocolate box" picture and then dismissed it, I put a print of it in front of a different judge on Tuesday evening at my club who rightly classed it as a landscape and awarded it a Highly Commended.  Further to that he also awarded First place to a print of this one, a very enjoyable evening I feel.

comments (20)

An interesting series of people, Brian. It makes me feel as if I was there.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graeme.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Mar 2011, 05:30
Love the ancient plyers with the blue and green handles, Brian.

[grin]
Brian Walbey: You mean the medieval tooth extractor Ray smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Mar 2011, 06:17
I love places like this, Brian. In Atlanta they have the Renaissance Fair every year and you see the same kind of things. Most educational.
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Ginnie, both men got children involved with them but I hesitated to take pictures in case of parental disapproval.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Mar 2011, 06:39
That Chainmail had to be so heavy
Brian Walbey: Needed to be to stop a bloomin' great sword vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Mar 2011, 06:58
Fascinating stuff Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
Very nice!!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion, sorry to read your leaving us.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 4 Mar 2011, 08:20
Great Chirk series it was
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, the gardens next week to finish off.
So now I know what tiff has been up to since he retired. The hat really suits him
Brian Walbey: Lol. It's a medieval "bone dome" Bill.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 4 Mar 2011, 09:41
Bit over the top for nail clippers Brian.
Brian Walbey: That were tough in the old days Chad.
Good shots Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
A very intresting and lovely series of people Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Laurette, I'm finishing off with the geardens next week.
The National Trust are good at this sort of thing aren't they. Glad to hear you got some positive criticism Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet.
A place where you can have fun and be educated at the same time. Wonderful!

Nice to have your photos correctly judged and rewarded, Brian. Well done!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Mar 2011, 14:16
Always amazes how grown men love to dress up in medieval attire!
Brian Walbey: Well here's one that doesn't since I gave amateur dramatics Ingrid.
The one on the right looks like a grumpy old man-at-arms! Congrats on your club successes, Brian!
Brian Walbey: He does indeed Tom although he was great with the children.
I think the judging of club competitions should be by the members voting secretly. Far more democratic and not based on traditional conventions that are set in stone. Anyway these so called judges end up basing the best image on their own personality. A personality that is based on their whole life experiences.

Ok rant over ;-)
Brian Walbey: We do have in-club judging for "lesser" competitions Richard and also "show and tell" sessions, sadly not all members are confident at speaking in public so a few of us sem to dominate those sessions.
Two really good pictures and well presented Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Linda.
He looks too well fed to be a medieval soldier Brian and I am sure I have seen the chain mail artist somewhere else. Good little vignettes Brian.

Can I take your rant then double it, I am getting very frustrated with judges at the moment. When you do ask why your images do not do very well there is often no real reason. And it really rankles if you are giving the Vote of Thanks.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les. This judge seems to be one who has heard other judges say things over the years so therefore he ought to say it, I rarely, after 40+ years in clubs hear anything original from a judge any more, we have now decided in Committee that there are other judges we prefer to this one.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Mar 2011, 17:36
It's good to see people reliving the past has it helps put the venue in context and shows what "improvements" (or what has got worse!) since the days of yore.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 5 Mar 2011, 23:16
Nice presentation Brian....i like the blacksmith applying his trade....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Peter.

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