Earlier this year I was commissioned by The White Horse Inn in Empingham, to photograph a dozen villages in Rutland – all in black and white. I was very excited to do this – it gave me the chance to intimately photograph and really get to know the area around Stamford and Oakham, including some villages I hadn’t visited before. Not to mention I’m passionate about black and white photography. I reckon this is because it makes me think of old film photography, and how fantastic the light and detail in those images is, as well as how precious some of these photographs can be. As a wedding photographer I have visited lots of wedding venues in and around Rutland and Lincolnshire, but it can be all too easy to forget to explore your local area.
Rutland defines ‘chocolate box houses’, every village had at least an element that looks like it has been left untouched for hundreds of years. When photographing weddings around Lincolnshire I often find myself imagining how the village greens would have looked in the past, and I expect they looked much the same.
~ Hambleton ~ Egleton ~
Years ago, I was told that when looking at buildings you should always look up, that’s where all the detail is in old architecture is. Even as far up as the roofs, the different levels and shapes of windows and dormers is sometimes beautiful. There’s an abundance of that in Rutland.
As a focal point of almost every village, I couldn’t ignore the churches. I found it really interesting how different they all were despite how nearby each village was to one another. The stonework, the spire, the church yard, they’re all unique.
No showcase of Rutland would be complete without Rutland Water. One of the most famous sights is the ‘floating church’ at Normanton. Many of Rutland’s villages and towns have some connection with the water. Perhaps the most synonymous with the reservoir is Hambleton on the peninsular extending into the water. Normanton Church is now a stunning wedding venue and it’s great to know that so many people can experience the beauty of the reservoir first hand.
~ Normanton ~ Barnsdale ~ Hambleton ~
Dry Stone Walls & The Countryside
Dry stone walls are a personal favourite of mine. I admire the skill it takes to build them, but it also reminds me of walks in the country and the views that come with them.
~ Wing ~ Empingham ~ Oakham ~ Ketton ~ Egleton ~
This next photograph is of my favourite discovery of my tour taking black and white photographs around Rutland. It’s Fort Henry in Exton Park. It took about an hour to walk to it, but it’s an ideal spot for a picnic, if a little windy. It was used as a pleasure house in the 18th century for the lake on which it is built. Stunning!
To see more photos I was commissioned to take for The White Horse’s website, follow this link.