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Hollows in the Country

The image that was put up on Friday is from the same place as the images today.  I saw this little house on the way to Daylesford, but decided that I wouldn’t photograph it then.  I stopped on the way back to get some shots, and have shown the tree.

It would appear that it has been many years since anyone has lived in this cottage.  It looks really quaint, it is such a shame that these pine trees are in front, they are so dominant.  I couldn’t go into the property, that would be trespassing, so you will just have to make do with the trees in the way, I had to.

I have been doing more of what I was doing for yesterdays images.  Lots of layers, and lots of different things put on top of each other.  This image was originally processed as a B&W HDR and then a colour image was layed over the top, well other things as well.

The front door, or what is left of it.  The rendering is coming off the walls, and those trees are still blocking it.  It looks like a very sturdy building, shame it has just been left.  There is a structure around the side that looks like it was a sort of extension, but it has completing fallen down.  I tried to photograph it, but the trees were in the way too much.  It would be good to find out who owns these properties and then to see if you can get access to them.

Do you recognise the tree?

It is the same one from three days ago.  I have put more space around it and added the cottage.  Well I didn’t add it, but made sure it was in the shot.  I love the ambience in this image, and it reminds me of a horror film.

I have been really enjoying these types of images and I’ve been thinking, (there it is, me thinking),  I wouldn’t mind trying to do more of these.  I love the darkness of them, the idea of the past and what might have been.  I think you can expect to see more.

Here is that tree again, I have done other things to it, not much really, not compared with the others here.  This image reminds me of something we used to do in the darkroom, sabattier, I think that was what the technique was called.  I really like the effect, I don’t know if it is better than the other image of the tree, perhaps you might know.

34 Comments Post a comment
  1. Interesting effect Leanne!! A film negative… !!! :) **

    June 11, 2012
    • I like the way you say interesting, I think the same. :)

      June 11, 2012
  2. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

    June 11, 2012
  3. Haunting!

    June 11, 2012
  4. very nice ..

    June 11, 2012
  5. I love the cottage! Would love to get hold of it and renovate, maybe add a porch in the front, with a couple of rockers and a table where one can sit and have tea or sundowners. And then…and…and… Love your pictures! That moody one with the clouds (!) work for me. :)

    June 11, 2012
    • and then, add some rooms out the back, trying to keep the extension in line with what is there. I would get rid of the pine trees out the front, they distract too much from it. :) Are we thinking along the same lines?
      Thanks Zelmare, I really like where these images are going.

      June 11, 2012
  6. I see a poem in the last image – may I post it on my blog and add my words? I would of course give you full credit and post a link back to your site. Let me know what you think!

    June 11, 2012
    • I have never been asked for anything like this before, I say, why not, as long as you add the link back to me and let me know when you do it so I can look at it. Thanks.

      June 11, 2012
      • Okay, thanks! I have done a handful of these before – I usually use my own images but sometimes I can feel the mood of someone else’ work and then I have the chance to write something a little bit different from my ordinary. Some of my best pieces have been with ‘borrowed’ images. I will let you know when it is up! Thanks again!

        June 11, 2012
  7. Liz #

    I really like the ‘horror film’ shot too. Really atmospheric. The cottage is great – I always like the effect of render falling off walls to reveal the bricks below.

    June 11, 2012
    • Thanks Liz, I am going to have to explore this theme a lot more. I love the way the render falls off as well, really helps give it that aged appearance.

      June 12, 2012
  8. I think I prefer the other image of the tree – has more of a sense of horror to it I think as it looks more authentic.

    June 11, 2012
    • My daughter said the same. I thought I would put it up as it was the first step towards what I did with the other images and made me start to realise other possibilities. Thanks Colline

      June 12, 2012
  9. Love the tree and cottage shot. It just says Early Winter to me…

    June 11, 2012
    • I have to admit, I love that shot as well, and it is probably the one I spent the most time on, if I continue to do this stuff I won’t be able to just put up images, I will have to spend time processing them. Oh dear, what I have done to myself. Haha :)

      June 12, 2012
  10. More beautiful and haunting shots Leanne :) Just amazing and I love them!

    June 12, 2012
    • Thanks Amanda, It is so good to hear that people like something that you like as well. I love them and want to do more. :)

      June 12, 2012
  11. Really like this direction you’re going in – the shot with the tree and the house has that sort of dreadful melancholy that all good horror has.

    June 12, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, so about getting the other message confused. Yes, I know what you mean about that image. I really like it, there is an element of isolation as well, though, the reality is it was right next to a busy road, glad you can’t see that in the image.

      June 12, 2012
  12. Your photos have always so much atmosphere! Thank you for your appreciation in my blog,
    Artphalt (

    June 12, 2012
  13. The tree and cottage shot is fantastic. Very moody and well processed.

    June 12, 2012
  14. Love that tree! The ‘melancholy’ processing is great – I like what you’re doing.

    June 12, 2012
    • Thanks Noeline, I really like what is happening as well. I really want to do more.

      June 12, 2012
  15. Love the mysterious tranquility; a sense of impending disturbance in the shades. Nice work!

    June 22, 2012

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