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The Cell

Posted by
P J W Miller (Chase Terrace, United Kingdom) on 29 April 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Took a trip to Buildwas Abbey over the weekend

The image shows one of the rooms in the Abbey (The Crypt), it reminded me of a cell, so my wife volunteered to be a prisoner leaving the damp, mossy cell with a gun at her back. She did forgive me.

Buildwas Abbey was founded by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Chester, in 1135. The founding monks were drawn from the Norman Abbey of Savigny, a reformist Abbey and later order founded by S Vitalis around 1112, and expanded successfully by Abbot Geoffrey between 1122 and 1139. By 1147 the order had over 15 daughters in the British Isles in addition to as many again back in Normandy. However, things were not going smoothly administration wise, and in 1147 the Savignac order, impressed by the success of the Cistercians and in particular by Saint Bernard, voted to be absorbed into the Cistercian Order.

Your honest opinion is welcomed thank you and in return you shall have mine.

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Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Entre dans la lumière... J'aime bcp ta photo

29 Apr 2009 5:39am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent control of light!

29 Apr 2009 5:55am

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Lovely use of light. The green moss completes right way the photo in B&W. Thank You for Your interesting short story also.

29 Apr 2009 6:12am

NarB from Belgium

Stairway to heaven ;)
Quelle belle lumière.

29 Apr 2009 6:14am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Lovely mood to this silhouette Peter! Really nice light and tones. Personally I would like this one in full monochrome. Wonderful nevertheless:)

29 Apr 2009 6:31am

@Pavan Kaul: I may post a full monochrome image soon as I do have both and have difficulty choosing between the images, I will let the audience decide

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Brilliant!! Thanks to you wife for making a very interesting shot!!!

29 Apr 2009 6:51am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

One of my favourite of yours in a long time!

29 Apr 2009 7:26am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent!! I like the way you used the natural light in this shot!!

29 Apr 2009 7:27am

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

I agree with all the above that this is an excellent shot Peter, I too would like to see the mono version but either way it's super.

29 Apr 2009 11:34am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well done Peter! I disagree with the popular vote so far. The selective colouring adds a totally different dimension to the shot! You can almost feel the cold, dank, dampness of the cell. IMHO..... ;-))

29 Apr 2009 1:04pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

FANTASTIC capture. Awesome PP !

29 Apr 2009 1:40pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I'm with the selective colour gang on this one, and agree with Eric, that it does create a great feeling and atmosphere.

29 Apr 2009 1:49pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Amazing capture of the light and creative treatment!!! Great mood!:-)

29 Apr 2009 2:00pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wonderfully composed Pete! great job! the light coming from the doorway really makes the scene dramatic!

29 Apr 2009 2:18pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Absolutely exquisite, Peter. Right out of the Middle Ages.

29 Apr 2009 2:19pm

Bill from Los Altos, United States

This is truly stunning - you kept the light just right. The silhouette works great. I would have tried B&W (as said earlier) -but the green moss sets the tone of age very well, and may get lost in B&W.

29 Apr 2009 2:31pm

Veronica from Bucharest, Romania

you have a great imagination, without a subject the shot maybe wasnt so great, good job

29 Apr 2009 2:56pm

k@ from Paris, France

Great green with silhouette, very original !

29 Apr 2009 6:30pm

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

What a great idea and your wife is to be applauded for her part.

29 Apr 2009 8:47pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

A very cool shot showing the inside of this terrible place, imagine being locked up for ever in there.

30 Apr 2009 2:17am

One from Açores, Portugal

A very beautiful composition and excellent performance of the light ! Well done !

30 Apr 2009 4:03am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

nice photo - interesting vision and composition and good control of the light inside as well, especially given the harsh contrast at the entrance... well done!

30 Apr 2009 5:43am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Excellent work... excellent.

30 Apr 2009 5:34pm