Retirement offers opportunities to do what you want when you want. It’s a freedom that is unrestricted by many of the issues that shackle us all during our working lives. One of the things we enjoy is visiting Country Houses and their gardens. They provide insights into our heritage in many ways – but I don’t find myself inspired photographically by their contents.
Increasingly I find myself seeking out something a little different. Last week we were descending a grand staircase in a Country House. It was shrouded in net curtaining to protect the paintings and furnishings from the sun’s damaging rays.
We reached the foot of the staircase and I glanced up. I could see the possibility of an image – all I needed was a silhouetted person.
And, a man very obligingly came into view and I got that one shot. In situations like this I wish I could shout: ‘You, on the staircase. Yes you, the gentleman wearing the glasses. Stay exactly where you are. Now, come down one step please, stop, and look straight ahead. Just tilt your head up slightly, and slightly to the right.’ Wouldn’t that be great. But actually he stopped without my instruction and got it mostly right.
Do enlarge this image – then you should notice he is actually wearing glasses!
For a revised re-take of this image based on comments see ‘Descending the Staircase_2‘