We took the train down to Portsmouth and then the evening ferry to Santander on Thursday 14th October. The next day was spent entirely at sea in calm, sunny weather – we saw dolphins, sat in the sun, relaxed. The ferry is actually almost cruise ship standard, called the ‘Galicia’, and very comfortable. We arrived fresh and early on the Saturday picked up a hire car that we would be using to drive across Spain down to Malaga. Heading on the motorway towards Bilbao we turned off onto smaller roads into the Cantabrian Mountains to take a ‘short-cut’ on the way to our destination of San Asensio village in La Rioja.
The day wasn’t great for photography, mainly grey dull sky with only the very occasional ray of sun breaking through. I will also admit to some lingering lack of motivation – the residue of Alamy’s commission cut still playing on my mind. So Day 1 was about getting back into the swing of stock photography and trying to make the best of what was available.
We stopped briefly in the Cantabrian Mountains at a high pass called the Puerto de los Tornos, altitude 920m ( the car thermometer showed 6 degrees C).
A few hours later we reached the La Rioja medieval village of Briones, and later in the day, and a short distance further, arrived at San Asensio.
I’ve created a gallery of 37 images from this first day. There’s nothing spectacular, if anything I suppose it shows how I tried to make the best of the dull weather ( chiefly by avoiding the sky as much as possible). I would like to think that I have been successful in producing some saleable, useful images. I thought that this might be of interest to anybody wanting to know about stock photography. You can also see the captions and keywords that I have used – the boring but crucial part. Any typos or omissions please let me know.
I wrote a blog about this on 24 July so it is less than two months since I started with www.geogphotos.com on Picfair.
Every image that is uploaded seems to attract two ‘views’ automatically as part of the image ingestion system – some end up with three ‘system’ views it has been partially explained to me by a Picfair email response. Though I don’t know what the reasons are that some attract two and other three.
Regardless of these system created false views that stats are fairly amazing and hard to understand.
The most viewed images have a count over 100 ( 114 is the highest number of second hand cars on sale on a garage forecourt in Knodishall! Why??).
Now a few days later this is the state of play:
241,231 views and not one single sale. So, who is doing all this viewing and what are the reasons?
Lound is a small village in the north of Suffolk. It is 4.5 miles north of Lowestoft. It is 2 miles from the North Sea coast at Hopton-on-Sea and is on the border with the county of Norfolk. The church is set on its own away from the village, by a roadside of a country lane, surrounded by fields. It is one of the small round tower churches that are largely confined to east Anglia and rare elsewhere. What makes Lound church stand out though is not its exterior even though that is pleasant enough.
D.P Mortlock in ‘The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches’ ( I haven’t yet found his ‘Unpopular Guide’):
” The door opens to reveal a lovely surprise, a church that glows and glistens with gilt and colour beautifully maintained in the anglo-Catholic tradition’
The interior was transformed in the years immediately prior to the First World War through the work of Ninian Comper (1864-1960) one of the last of the great Gothic Revival architects whose artworks included church furnishings and stained glass. There is none of his stained glass here but much else.
Since June I have been out and about exploring areas of Suffolk that are largely new to me and visiting lots of ancient village churches. In total I have visited and photographed around 60 churches most of which I had not previously been to.
Now with some wet weather I have started processing those photos. First up is Brundish. The main reason it comes first is because I liked it a lot.
I visited twice, once on a cloudy day, and then went back as soon as I could when the sun was out. The first time I approached from the relatively high land to the west, the second up a narrow climbing lane from the Needham Market to Bildeston road.
The church is on a bend in the lane with only a few cottages nearby. It’s quite a secluded spot and deeply rural in nature. The building is small with a simple intimate interior. I particularly liked the ancient churchyard with its mature lime trees and inside the interesting patterned stained glass from 1902. My guide to Nineteenth Century Suffolk Stained Glass by Birkin Haward describes the glass as ‘mildly Art Nouveau’ and suggests that the unknown artist was possibly local.