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Photography: Getting a message across


Bridleway

Today I’ve tried to get a message across with an image and with words. This is a picture of the bridleway where it goes under a road bridge in Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Local people walk their dogs there. The riders from the riding school ride down the bridleway along the river to Forge Mill Lake, past the farm and around the lake to where the RSPB (Royal Society for the protection of birds) have their hide near the lake. The river there will be lined with millions and millions of flowers in Spring and so it’s a good place for walkers. Horse riders, dog walkers and cyclists all co-exist on the bridleway, but people on scrambler motor bikes are not welcome. I think my image adds a little intrigue, but I could have used a picture of the river when all the flowers are in bloom. Are you intrigued enough to want to visit?

sandwell Country Park

Perhaps this picture appeals to your imagination more? This is where the bridleway leads from that bridge. Riders ride between the river and the lake and so have beautiful scenery to view. Walkers can also stop and look around the farm at the new born lambs in Spring. They also have a farm shop and other animals to see.

The Mill Pool

The Mill Pool looks a little bleak in winter. There is a variety of birds though and the swans are admired by many people. I  think the best photographs are taken in Spring, especially if the rain stops! On the other side of the pool is a heath. You can follow the path around the pool to the heath and many people use this open space to just walk or to walk their dogs. I’ve used an artistic edit on a winter picture to make it look a little more inviting. The Mill Pool is also connected via a culvert to the River Tame.

Local people sometimes ask for access points to these places. You can ask questions or share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.

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5 responses

  1. Hi Mike, The top image looks as if it’s a preview to a horror movie. The lighting, words and image make it seem as if people disappear when they walk along the path. Very powerful!

    The other images are lighter and make me want to visit, but the Bridleway image makes me want to avoid that area at all costs…

    6, March 2014 at 8:01 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      That bridge is weird. As you walk under you hear weird noises as the traffic passes overhead and then you emerge into a beautiful countryside scene, with animals grazing on the other side of the river, millions of flowers and the horse riders and dog walkers coming past. I think the graffiti makes people wary too. Even the horses aren’t too keen to go under that bridge!

      7, March 2014 at 10:45 am

      • Yes, I think the contrast between the picture and text is powerful. The text says that people are there a lot but there are none in the picture. Where did they go? Only the shadow knows!

        7, March 2014 at 5:01 pm

      • I don’t see many people under the bridge actually! I took pictures of that pool that was dried up last year in Moorcroft Wood today. With all the rain and flooding we’re had it’s now overflowing! Some of the pools that were empty are full and they are all merging into one. It looks like a huge lake in the middle of the wood now. I’ll use the pictures over the weekend!

        7, March 2014 at 8:08 pm

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