Yesterday we were back at Hever Castle, and alongside the Castle’s grounds stands St Peter’s Church. The church dates back to the 14th century and is the final resting place of Sir Thomas Boleyn who lived at Hever Castle in the early 16th century. His daughter Anne, who grew up there, became the second wife of Henry VIII, and she was also the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Hever, therefore, has a huge association with history. Much later it became the home of William Waldorf Astor.
What attracted me more than the church was the graveyard, grown wild. Grasses grew waist high, hiding most of the graves, but a handful of crosses and headstones rose above the undergrowth. There was contrast between the bleached out seeds of the grass and the darkened weathered stones. I immediately thought: this would look good in B&W. To get the shot I had imagined, I had to raise the Canon G10 at arms length above my head and shoot blindly (one of those occasions when I wished I was six foot six tall). Nik’s Silver Efex delivered the goods.