NEVIS VALLEY COTTAGE by YVONNE ASSIE
GRADE - MERIT
There is something about the narrative that comes with a closed up, aging cottage in a harsh environment. My mind immediately goes into a reflective mode. What is the story here, what is the history, who lived here, what happiness, what loneliness, what joy, what sadness has been witnessed by this place? What kind of people could live here? Did children play in the fields and how did this place shape the lives of the people that it influenced? In the end it is empty and closed up and the field looks untended. People move on but the memories linger – this place will have a special place (or not) in someone’s heart and mind.
You have chosen a good time of day to photography, lovely shadows and warm light. I like the distance from which you have photographed – not too imposing, adds to the feeling of nostalgia, of someone watching and reflecting. I think you have used your picture space well with the cottage well placed to grab my attention and the tree on the RHS holds me in the image, forcing me to engage with the narrative of the cottage. The bushin front of the cottage is round and has some colour to it so it does compete quite strongly for attention but has little value in the story telling. Nothing you could have done about so you have made good compositional decisions, or compromises, given the circumstances.