Monday, March 15, 2010

Knaresborough Bridge

When I first began researching England through photographs, I mentioned the pen and ink drawings that I had framed which Russ' great-uncle had done in England.  This is a photo of my favorite of them.  I thought it was of a large gate or entry arch  over a road. It is marked "Knaresborough  1935".  I love the view of the houses and steeple, and the tiny touch of greenery that is highlighted with watercolor.   When I had it framed the framer thought the paper was hand made and mulberry paste had been used to put it onto scrapbook page. 
Next photo, please....... this is a cropped photo found of the Knaresborough Bridge  in England.  It is a large and well known viaduct.  What I thought was a  road is actually a river!  Note the duck on it.  The shrubbery is much larger now and trees too,  that were not in the pen and ink drawing.  But the top of the viaduct and buildings are unmistakable.  The angle is not quite exact, but is so close. 
I am not sure how I will use this in my series of art quilts.  I need to play with it a bit in photo-shop and see what develops. 

2 comments:

  1. Debbie-I’m just a student studying abroad in the U.K. I took an class excursion to Knaresborough and this bridge struck me in its grace and size. For an excursion update I wrote: “Behind the chunks of castle, in the distance, was the River Nidd with mist rising off of it. A picturesque bridge crossed the waters, so we found the riverside walk to get a closer look We stopped underneath this behemoth bridge to duck watch and hide from the rain. The huge stones were covered in green moss around the water and they stacked up into a giant arch that reached over us. I felt like it was alive, something with a past, a present, and a future. I felt like that bridge had not always been in that river, but had walked all over the countryside, deciding to plant itself in the Nidd. Unfortunately this bridge is underrated for its grace, strength, and beauty. It doesn’t have a special name, meriting only “Knaresborough Bridge.” I looked through the town pamphlets and found no information on its construction or use. I later found out that it was a bridge for the trains as we waited to leave on the platforms.” Thought you wouldn’t mind a present connection to the bridge as well as the past.

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  2. Thank you for your insight and description. It makes this special.

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