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Swans a076252

Swans a076252


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Filename: aa076252.jpg

Size: 4259 x 4422 (11.2MB)

Date: 19th December 2018

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Swans a076252

Swans on a river, with cattle in a snow covered field beyond. Possibly near Gaddesden. Hertfordshire. Photographed by John Gay in the 1950s or 1960s

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Media ID 18282111

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Cold Rural Snow Swan Water Fowl Winter


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

> Landscapes > Rural Landscapes

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter > Snow

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photo print, titled "Swans a076252" transports us back to the frosty landscapes of Hertfordshire in the 1950s or 1960s. The image captures a serene winter scene where nature's contrasting elements merge harmoniously. In the foreground, graceful swans glide effortlessly on a tranquil river, their elegant forms mirrored in the icy water. Beyond them lies a vast snow-covered field, dotted with cattle seeking refuge from the cold. The photographer John Gay skillfully frames this rural tableau, capturing both the delicate beauty of these water fowl and the harshness of winter's grip on this idyllic landscape. The monochromatic tones add an ethereal quality to the composition, enhancing our perception of this frozen moment in time. As we gaze upon this photograph, we are reminded of nature's resilience amidst adversity. Despite enduring freezing temperatures and scarce resources during winter months, these majestic swans continue to grace us with their presence. Their stoic determination serves as an inspiration for all who encounter this remarkable image. "Swans a076252" is not just a snapshot frozen in history; it is an invitation to reflect upon our own ability to find strength and beauty even in challenging circumstances. Let us immerse ourselves in its wintry charm and allow it to transport us into a world where serenity meets perseverance – reminding us that there is always hope even when surrounded by cold uncertainty.

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