“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” 
― Susan SontagOn Photography

 

As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.

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But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  His work was based on earlier experiments by others.

 

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Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.

If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE

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I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !

Photo taken using Hipstamatic.

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As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.

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I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.

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I love this quote from Talbotfox-talbot-quote

Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.

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21 thoughts on “A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

  1. Truly fascinating Viv…I learned about someone new. So nice you can visit in person and appreciate its history and beauty. The Cloisters image is simply awesome – a real framer!!

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  2. It simply boggles my mind when I see such beauty so many centuries old! Here in the US, we’re thrilled at 200 years! 😉 The architecture is most fascinating to me because it seems we don’t create such beauty anymore. What interesting information about a man of such important history! And The Cloisters—-absolutely fabulous!

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  3. Love to follow your trips to National Trust properties and learn a bit of history and marvel at your beautiful images and layouts. Talbots sounds like an interesting guy — and I love cloisters wherever they are found.

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  4. I always love to read about your visit to National Trust properties! I love visiting historic sites and since I yearn to visit England, I’ll have to see these places through your eyes for now. And lucky for me, you do such a beautiful presentation! Thank you.

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  5. What an amazing place to visit! (thanks for bringing us along!) How awesome to love photography and to visit the home of one of the inventors. Lovely images and post.

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  6. So that lovely shot of the Cloisters, is that original to the 1232 convent? Wow! I can’t even imagine strolling through a home that contained something like that. Amazing. Great quote from Fox too.

    The whole area seems like quintessential England to me. One day, when I get to visit, I’ll have a lovely itinerary all ready for me thanks to you, Viv! : )

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  7. This is rich on many levels! The photos are amazing — my favorite is the cloisters. So many curves and lines. And to find out more about this fascinating man — so fun! Imagine if photography had never been invented. The world would be missing out on so much art!

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  8. Oh Viv…I just love how you and Mark get out there…you are a true history buff…I showed your post to my husband as he is a chemist and loves all things to do with that subject…perhaps someday we might get to visit there….your photo’s are gorgeous. I especially like the one where you used Hipstamatic…fits in nice with the times…
    The flowers are still so pretty…you are fortunate in England to have a long flower season…and of course, your scape book page is brilliant…
    Have a lovely Wednesday…always nice to see what you are up to.

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