A different way of seeing Lacock Abbey… from inside a camera obscura placed in the grounds. The projected image is always upside down, hence this topsy-turvy view. William Fox Talbot used a similar one at the Abbey for his research into photography.

It would be great if the National Trust moved theirs in front of the window which Fox Talbot used to produce his (and the world’s) first print from a photographic negative. It would have a sense of the world turning full circle.

It was a strange feeling to be in what looked like a shepherd’s hut and to find this projected image when the door was closed. Even stranger to see other visitors upside down as they passed by!

The National Trust have at least one example of a camera obscura view of the Abbey in their archives. This one is a view of the cloisters.


Friday Bench: Old Vic

The newly renovated Bristol Old Vic is a triumph. It’s so inviting and uses lots of natural light and materials. The entrance foyer has the usual bar, but unlike many theatres invites non-theatre goers to come in and have a drink or a meal and watch the hustle and bustle of the day’s activities.

Naturally, I was pleased to see their use of benches… and the opportunity to explore the theatre at all levels and find this overhead shot.

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