10 July 2015
SIG: Archaeology and Heritage
Members of the A&H group gathered together at Lacock Abbey to visit three exhibitions; the birthplace of photography and most importantly: to exchange ideas, tips and experiences.
We went to the famous room where Fox Talbot made the first ever photographic negative of the latticed window with his 'mousetrap camera' in 1835. We stood there admiring the beautiful light and contemplating on the significance of this place.
We also had a chance to see three exhibitions: Platinum: Master Prints from 31 Studio; Lacock and Magna Carta and Travel Photographer of the Year. General consensus was that although the TPOTY exhibition had exceptional images, its contemporary feel and outdoor location - the Abbey's tudor courtyard - was not the right setting to view it.
As it was expected, the Abbey and village were very busy on a beautiful summer's day. Coach after coach loaded with tourists from all over the world arrived through the gates. At the cloisters, the Nun's warming room is very popular not just with large-format camera photographers, but also with children in cloaks, wands and glasses, looking for Harry Potter's cauldron. But, as Mike said: "If you wait a little bit, the place clears out and you get 2 or 3 seconds when you can take a photograph without people."
It was a great day and we made the most of this social opportunity to catch up on our latest personal projects and to identify good times of year to return depending on light, weather and accessibility.
We continued chatting and exchanging experiences at the village tea rooms, it is indeed a perfect location for a day out.
Group Members standing by the latticed window where Fox Talbot made the first ever photographic negative in 1835
"The Bust of Patroclus" William Henry Fox Talbot Museum
"Waiting for the tourists to move" Jim Tonks ARPS at the Cloisters, Lacock Abbey
Article and photos Chelin Miller LRPS
Feature photo: Ken Keen FRPS admiring "Platinum" exhibition by 31 Studio