Friday, 27 April 2012



I have spent the week wondering about time as a photographic subject.  Although I never seem to have enough of it what with working full time and with a family still at home, time just disappears but how do you photograph that?  

Today I've just spent my day off helping my Dad clear his loft out, most has not been touched for at least 15 years, added to but not removed, a lot of time in that.  Things stuck in a time warp, photos, clothes, dolls houses, Christmas decorations, many empty cardboard boxes but no, not really a photographic subject as I was busy looking for mice (as Dad happily told me he has removed between 30 and 40 in the past couple of years) and trying to avoid falling down the loft hatch.

Then a brainwave struck.

During the week I passed a place called Barcombe Mills on my way home from work.  A small hamlet which the River Ouse flows through, last week I used a photo of the sluice gates for thirds, apologies for using it again but all will be revealed..........

My time is the difference a year makes ,
as the first of each pair of photos used was taken 355 days ago, the second photos this week.  All the pairs of photos were taken of the same spots and a similar angle.

The river as you can see is swollen as it cuts through the farmland.


The difference here is noticeable, what was a small water course has turned into a sizable torrent.        

The ducks were nowhere to be seen, hardly surprising!  The speed of the water was unbelievable and the noise was deafening.

And lastly one of the small exit streams originally has been engulfed and turned into a fast flowing river.    

Last year was a standard year for my part of the UK weather-wise,
a cold winter, a warm spring with sunshine and showers and a hosepipe ban come summer.

This year a not too cold winter with a bit of snow, wind and rain.  A warm spring to start and then the rain, more rain and even a bit more rain for good measure.  The wettest April for many a year as the River Ouse shows. 

Ironically the water companies have cried drought and imposed the hosepipe ban earlier than last year, the 6th of April to be exact!!!!!!!

This is a   My Town Friday Shoot Out  post


  1. okay comments are up - hopefully the gang will come back and leave you a note. the stuff in your father's loft would have made great 'time' photos, I can imagine an old set of golf clubs or an old jacket hanging on a hook.... time stands still in an attic....

    1. GingerV, sadly Dads attic isn't as romantic as you imagined, sad to say his attic is full of boxes with old magazines,1970s curtains and a lot of "things that will come in useful one day", but obviously never do and just become junk. Best bit was the dolls houses I can see but can't as yet reach.

  2. I like the before and after photos. Nice flowing water in all of them. Greetings from Pleasantville, NY :)

  3. The thought to depict time in this way was truly inspirational. Well done!

  4. Beautiful pictures and a very interesting take on the prompt. Thanks for visiting my blog.