Framing the view

Barcelona, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Harrogate, London, National Trust, North Yorkshire

For this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, Ann-Christine asks us to think about curves. What a big subject! Flicking through my photos, almost every one has a curve in it somewhere or another. How to limit it? In the end, I decided to go with curves-as-frames.

There are deliberate curves as framing devices, as here in Studley Royal, where the estate gates are placed to emphasise the view straight down towards Ripon Cathedral.

Or here where the band on a bookshop barge on the Regent’s Canal in London has organised an arch above the musicians.

Or here, where a metal arch has provided an impromptu frame, so long as you choose your point-of-view. This is Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate ….

… or here, where a handy metal arch can be encouraged to frame the Maritime Museum in Barcelona.

Bridges may be arched, and garden entrances, even if not curved themselves, are often softened by climbing plants.

Let’s go to more serendipitous framing in the natural world. Here’s my grandson at Brimham Rocks.

And finally, we’ll go to Fountains Abbey, where I spend so much time. I’ve chosen two different views of the Abbey, one taken in high summer, then the other, shown as the featured image, in autumn. In each case, Huby Tower has been framed by leaves cascading in gentle curves.

As well as the Lens-Artists Challenge, this post fits the bill for Sarah’s Friendly Friday Challenge: Framing your subject.

49 thoughts on “Framing the view

  1. Your selection shows beautifully how curves make for natural framing and yet we seem to use curved frames less and less as the influence of Instagram ‘squares’ and the like take hold. Even traditional oval and round frames for pictures seem out of fashion. I’m with Rudolf Steiner and less is more when it comes to right angles.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Margaret – and showing how the curves are so often set off to their best effect by framing, or combining with straight lines. The curved bridge is the most beautiful photo, (apart from the garden view, and the magnificent entrance..!) – one to spur reflection πŸ™‚

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    1. The canals round here can produce any number of bridges like those. They do have such charm, and are wonderful for reflections πŸ˜‰

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  3. Such a beautiful collection of photos. Each view is lovely in its own right but also accentuated by its chosen frame. The header shot is my favourite I think. And if that is William, my how he’s grown!

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  4. Just beautiful! Couldn’t leave without a peep at today’s post. And I had never realised that those opening gates are in line with Ripon Cathedral. Live and learn! How goes the clean up at Studley? I imagine this lovely dry spell has helped.

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    1. Yep – a straight line down from St. Mary’ through the park then Ripon Cathedral. The clean up’s long completed. I was on duty less than a week after The Event, and it was all tickety-boo then too. They worked hard!

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  5. Ah, such a creative and clever take on, Margaret! Frames – of course! I didn’t even think of it. ..Some rreally beautiful ones, and of course my favourite is…the stone frame – and the walled garden.

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    1. I’d love you to see this walled garden – our landlord’s pride and joy. You and your camera would be very happy! And then later, we could pop over to Bringam Rocks and find that stone frame.

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  6. You have a magnificent ways of framing the view, Margaret. You live in a beautiful place and I enjoy tagging along on your adventures and looking at life through your β€œlens”. Spectacular photos!

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  7. A mere coincidence that both Anne-C and Sarah chose this theme for their photographic post! You certainly found some perfect frames to fit the brief. I love the band on the barge and the walled garden the best!

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