This Post might be subtitled: ‘who let the water out?’ It was of course deliberate. This is the Octagon Lake at Stowe Gardens drained for remedial work to the banking. No lake, merely mudflats, the accumulated detritus that is usually unseen, and a thin sinuous channel of water.
I’ve always liked this white bridge. It reminds me of Monet’s garden bridge but up until this moment, I had never identified a composition from this side of the lake that made it worth shooting. But on this day, that sinuous channel of water provided the ideal lead-in.
I invited my assistant – who was wearing a light coloured top – to walk round the lake and across the bridge to provide the final element of the composition, on which the viewer’s eye could rest. The invitation was declined as being nine minutes too long a walk (one minute is her contractual limit). I did consider proposing the short cut of walking across the mudflats but having surveyed her footwear and general demeanor decided that might be inappropriate. So I waited, and waited, and no-one appeared, apart from a man dressed in black – not helpful.
I am hunting through the archives to see if I have a figure in white to insert – but so far without luck. You will see it if I find it.