Searching for the light

by Helen Hooker September. 14, 2017 1030 views

It's almost four years since I visited the Weald and Downland Living Museum, one of my favourite spots for photography when we lived in Sussex. Kevin and I took a leisurely stroll there this morning, relaxing after the exertions of our weekend at Goodwood.

Kevin took a seat in the market hall and I just had to capture a photo as he looked into the distance, bathed in sunlight.

Kevin took a seat in the market hall and I just had to capture a photo as he looked into the distance, bathed in sunlight.

Inside the plumber's workshop

Inside the plumber's workshop

I photographed Tindalls Cottage as it was being re-erected five years ago

I photographed Tindalls Cottage as it was being re-erected five years ago

This is Mac, one of the museum's three shire horses. He's twenty years old and has appeared on my blog several times before!

This is Mac, one of the museum's three shire horses. He's twenty years old and has appeared on my blog several times before!

The museum opened in 1970 with the intention of preserving historic buildings which would otherwise have been demolished. Today it's home to around fifty buildings from all over the south east of England and that number is gradually rising as they rescue yet more.

Bayleaf, a fifteenth century manor house

Bayleaf, a fifteenth century manor house

The light in one of the Bayleaf bedrooms was so beautiful

The light in one of the Bayleaf bedrooms was so beautiful

This scene reminded me of an old Dutch painting - again, it's something about the light!

This scene reminded me of an old Dutch painting - again, it's something about the light!

I didn't go with an preconceived ideas about what I was going to photograph today but I found the mix of sunshine and showers was positively inspiring. The small windows and lack of artificial illumination created some wonderfully dramatic scenes inside the buildings which proved irresistible to me and my camera.

The bread oven inside Winkworth, a sixteenth century kitchen

The bread oven inside Winkworth, a sixteenth century kitchen

Another atmospherically lit corner of the Winkworth kitchen

Another atmospherically lit corner of the Winkworth kitchen

The fireplace inside Pendean, a seventeenth century farmhouse

The fireplace inside Pendean, a seventeenth century farmhouse

The Gridshell, completed in 2002, was the only modern building on site for many years. Its unique design was runner up in the 2003 RIBA Stirling Prize for new architecture.

The Gridshell, completed in 2002, was the only modern building on site for many years. Its unique design was runner up in the 2003 RIBA Stirling Prize for new architecture.

11 September 2017

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago

I like this photos, because they make me feel, as if I would be there myself. And Mac the shire horse made me smile.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you so much Sigrid smile

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Daanish Farhan 2 years, 6 months ago

#10 looks spooky. And what an amazing architecture #15 is

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Helen Hooker Replied to Daanish Farhan 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you! The Gridshell is amazing, and such a surprise in a museum of old buildings!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

great light work in these pictures

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Antonio - the light is just magical in those old buildings.

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