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Filename: AA072752 .jpg

Size: 4257 x 4422 (6.7MB)

Date: 2nd May 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Alleyway at night a072752

HAMPSTEAD, London. A set of steps in the snow in a wide alleyway at night with a lit street lamp behind. John Gay. Date range: 1960-1965

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Media ID 1016065

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Atmospheric Cold Dark Lamp Post Night Snow Stair Tree Winter


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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter > Snow

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter


EDITORS COMMENTS
Nestled in the heart of Hampstead, London, this evocative photograph captures the essence of a quiet and serene winter night. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay between 1960 and 1965, the image invites us to explore the hidden beauty of this picturesque alleyway. The scene is set by the stark contrast between the dark, snow-covered alleyway and the solitary, lit street lamp. The steps leading up the alleyway, shrouded in a blanket of fresh snow, seem to beckon us to venture further into the night. The tall, gnarled tree to the left adds a sense of depth and mystery, its bare branches reaching out like skeletal fingers against the star-studded sky. The cold, crisp air is palpable, as the stillness of the scene is only broken by the occasional crunch of snow underfoot. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and reflection, as the world around us slows down and the beauty of the natural world takes center stage. John Gay's masterful use of light and shadow adds to the overall mood of the photograph, with the warm glow of the street lamp casting long, dramatic shadows and illuminating the snow-covered ground. The image is a testament to the power of photography to capture the essence of a moment in time, and invites us to pause and appreciate the simple pleasures of a winter's night in Hampstead.

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