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Country road a081285

Country road a081285


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Filename: aa081285.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4358 (8.3MB)

Date: 20th January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Country road a081285

A long straight country road near Stamfordham, Northumberland. Photographed by John Gay during the 1950s

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Media ID 1378340

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Field Landscape Road Rural Wall


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, titled "Country Road a081285," captures the essence of rural England during the 1950s as documented by photographer John Gay. The image transports us to a quiet, idyllic scene of a long, straight country road flanked by a lush green field and a stone wall. The road, lined with trees and dotted with patches of sunlight filtering through the leaves, stretches out into the distance, inviting us to explore the beauty and tranquility of the countryside. The field, a vibrant tapestry of emerald hues, seems to roll gently towards the horizon, punctuated by the occasional bale of hay or solitary tree. The stone wall, weathered by time and the elements, stands as a testament to the enduring charm of the English countryside. Its jagged edges and mossy surface add a sense of history and character to the scene. The rural landscape depicted in this photograph is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The absence of cars or other signs of civilization lends an air of serenity and isolation to the image. It is a snapshot of a simpler time, a moment frozen in history that invites us to reflect on the beauty and peace of the natural world. John Gay's masterful use of light and shadow, as well as his keen eye for composition, bring this scene to life in a way that transcends the boundaries of the photograph. The result is a timeless image that speaks to the heart of what it means to be human, and reminds us of the importance of cherishing the natural world around us.

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