Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Where's That Then? No 7

One of the things I like about Karl Gullers' photographs are the viewpoints. There somehow appears to be a spot welded to the ground in various locations in England where photographers must stand with their cameras, obligatory points of view. You can always see why- Durham Cathedral looks far more spectacular across the River Wear than it does across a car park, Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds just has to have the white painted footbridge in the foreground and we never see Anne Hathaway's cottage from the back. I always feel obliged to take the standard shot myself, just one to add to the collective national album, as it were. Being from the Land of The Volvo, none of this seems to have permeated through into Mr.Gullers' consciousness, and as a result we've witnessed some great pictures in this series. He must be the only photographer who's resisted shooting Clovelly through the conveniently placed archway. Talking of Sweden, I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying Wallander on a Sunday night. Kenneth Branagh's eponymous detective with his spooky mobile ringtone, the locations, the brilliant but understated photography, all comes together to make very watchable television, for once. All this and Sarah Smart. Sorry, I've been distracted. I don't suppose this week's picture will take too long, particularly in some corners of Unmitigated England.

16 comments:

ChrisP said...

That's Lewes castle, that is. What a lovely place Lewes is. The home of mathematical tiling.

Jon Dudley said...

Welcome (or not) Simon de Monfort! Lewes it is with the chalk pit in the far distance. As you rightly say, not the normal view and all the better for that. The castle has recently had a very sympathetically designed visitor centre added which is most informative. Despite a 60s excressance in the shape of the County Hall, Lewes castle still dominates the town. That's two now from East Sussex Mr.A...thank you.

Jon Dudley said...

Blimey, Chris got in like a racing snake whilst I was dreaming of hot summer days up on the battlements where a fine breeze cools the weary...(that's enough dreaming, you lost. Ed)

Peter Ashley said...

Well done Chris. Lewes it is. And you were indeed very quick to get in front of Mr.Dudley. Harvey's Sussex Bitter all round!

Philip Wilkinson said...

Cor! The men that live in the South country (or thereabouts) got in quickly with that one. I suppose I'll have to buy my own Harvey's...

Diplomate said...

nothing quite so pleasing as an industrial landscape - reminiscent of Betj's film in which the helicopter shot zooms out from the tranquility of Kirby Hall to reveal the false horizon so sharply cut by the masive walking dragline (RB W1400) which hoves into view some 200yds from the house - marvelous - destruction an such a massive scale alongside gems of earlier days.

Peter Ashley said...

That Betj film was a corker. The Queen's Realm I think it was called, shot in celebration of her 1977 Jubilee. Superb helicopter work, and shots like schoolchildren dancing round a maypole cut to Butterworth's Banks of Green Willow. The Kirby Hall shot was amazing. The quarry has thankfully gone, only to be replaced by the wretched Rockingham Speedway looming on the horizon.

Anonymous said...

I took right to Wallander. Maybe it was the Volvo... it certainly didn't hurt. I think Wallander uses his Volvo as sort of Superman substitute... riding to the rescue and all that.

Or maybe it's just that he's always so miserable... that's easy to relate to.

Anyhow, very entertaining stuff.

:0)

Jon Dudley said...

Another Wallander fan here. Branagh's bloomin marvelous in it.

Diplomate said...

funnily enough, I too am a big Wallander fan - Branagh's the fly in the ointment for me, needs agood slap, all the rest is brilliant.

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CF said...

Shame on me for not getting that straight away. The angle gets you every time.
The fact that this was a childhood playground means I have to hang my head.

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