I've not felt particularly photographically-inspired recently – I blame everything and everyone else but me – so when I spotted that Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey in Hampshire was showing the Patrick Lichfield polaroids in an exhibition I decided to pop along to see it yesterday to see if the creative juices would start flowing again.
It was very dull. The weather, that is. The photographs were superb and I can't recommend going to see them enough; wonderful to see the test shots alongside some of the finished articles and even better trying to identify the various celebrities in the snaps. That Lichfield chap: he was pretty bloody talented.
But back to the weather: yes, that was dull and made everything feel flat so it somewhat offset just how good the exhbition photos were, which is a shame. There wasn't even that much of interest in the walled garden. The house itself was still as nice as I remember and the Whistler room is particularly impressive; I'm very pleased that the National Trust have relaxed their rules on photographing inside (Whistler room and exhibition were only off-limits areas) so overall it's a great place to visit.
So, in summary: go see the Lichfield polaroids if you get a chance, I'm not feeling particularly inspired at the moment, but I figure I'd better post at least something just to force myself not to take too long a break. This is one of the bridges passing over – I think – the River Test which runs through the grounds of the abbey.
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