Posted by: travelrat | January 16, 2020

Stonehenge in Pictures

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I’m a little late with this one, as the new Stonehenge Photo Exhibition opened a couple of weeks back. I did go to the preview the day before it opened, but I only had my tablet with me, which doesn’t perform very well in restricted light. To say the pictures I took were ‘unsatisfactory’ would be a gross understatement. Especially the picture I took against the Stonehenge backdrop … visitors are encouraged to take photos against the backdrop, and I wanted to be the first.

Unfortunately, although my subject is, in reality, a rather attractive lady, the pictures made her look about 120 years old, in the first stages of decomposition!

So, on my next volunteer stint, I took my ‘real’ camera, and got much better results.

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The exhibition is of … surprise, surprise! … photographs of Stonehenge. They were contributed by many people, taken over the last 150 years. What they illustrate is not so much the stones … apart from a few cosmetic repair jobs, they’ve changed little over the intervening years … but the changing attitude to people towards them.

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Also, it’s possible to track changing fashions. Who dresses in their Sunday best to visit Stonehenge nowadays? Who, indeed, lays out their picnic among the stones? But, it is rather fun to compare the modern restaurant with the rather basic tea-dispensing caravan of bygone days.


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